Spelling and Punctuation

January 2, 2011 at 02:01:23
Specs: Windows 7/XP Dual, ?/3gig
I noticed this paragraph in a recent forum I visited and on checking I found the posts were perfect:

"YES... spelling, punctuation, grammar and proper use of UPPER/lower case are important! And please limit your remarks to 3-4 paragraphs. If you want to see your comment posted, pay attention to these items."

Posters can't necessarily restrict their posts to 3 or four paragraphs here but the rest of it sounds good!

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January 2, 2011 at 04:16:12
Very good.
Back when I learned to read and write, more than half a century ago, all of these things were stressed as important. Judging from many posts on this forum and others that appears to be no longer the case. That is truly sad.

There are far more posts on this forum than I can read, let alone reply to. As a result I must be very selective in those I read, and the choice is often based on very minor things. And grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are by no means minor things. All of these things were designed to improve readability. Posts that are difficult to read I tend to ignore, and some posts are virtually unreadable. And the the majority of these are by native English speakers who should know better.

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January 2, 2011 at 13:05:55
I have no problem with a post that is from some one who's first language isn't English. Even the on line translators leave a lot to be desired.

But I do pass on "My computer wont start. What is the problem?"

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January 2, 2011 at 21:24:23
Maybe it's just the teacher in me, but when I see a post in the Office forum like:

"My IF function always returns FALSE. What's wrong with it?"

I tend to respond with something like:

"Just imagine how much more help we could be if you actually posted the function you are having problems with."


"Imagine that you can't see your spreadsheet from where you're sitting and then go back and reread your post. Do you think that you could answer your question with the limited information you've provided?"

This usually gets them to provide the necessary information so we can help them.

More importantly, the next time they come back with a question, it's usually more complete. Hopefully they've not only learned the lesson as far as posting in this forum, but they'll use that lesson during other interactions in their life.

Click Here Before Posting Data or VBA Code ---> How To Post Data or Code.

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January 7, 2011 at 18:37:51
Programmers and IT folks seem particularly anal about spelling and grammar mistakes.

Have you ever seen a massive purring beast of an application come to a grinding halt because you put a semicolon in the wrong place?

Syntax is everything.

Reminds me of this -

Changing of the English Language

Having chosen English as the preferred language in the EEC, the European Parliament has commissioned a feasibility study in ways of improving efficiency in communications between Government departments. European officials have often pointed out that English spelling is unnecessarily difficult - for example, cough, plough, rough, through and thorough. What is clearly needed is a phased programme of changes to iron out these anomalies. The programme would, of course, be administered by a committee staff at top level by participating nations. In the first year, for example, the committee would suggest using 's' instead of the soft 'c'. Sertainly, sivil servants in all sities would resieve this news with joy. Then the hard 'c' could be replaced by 'k' sinse both letters are pronounsed alike. Not only would this klear up konfusion in the minds of klerikal workers, but typewriters kould bemade with one less letter. There would be growing enthusiasm when in the sekond year, it kould be announsed that the troublesome 'ph' would henseforth be written 'f'. This would make words like 'fotograf' twenty per sent shorter in print. In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reash the stage where more komplikated shanges are possible. Governments would enkourage the removal of double letters which have always been a deterent to akurate speling. We would al agre that the horible mes of silent 'e's in the languag is disgrasful. Therefor we kould drop thes and kontinu to read and writ asthough nothing had hapend. By this tim it would be four years sins the skem began and peopl would be reseptive to steps sutsh as replasing 'th' by 'z'. Perhaps zen ze funktion of 'w' kould be taken on by 'v', vitshis, after al, half a 'w'. Shortly after zis, ze unesesary 'o' kould bedropd from words kontaining 'ou'. Similar arguments vud of kors be aplidto ozer kombinations of leters. Kontinuing zis proses yer after yer, ve vud eventuli hav a reli sensiblriten styl. After tventi yers zer vud be no mor trubls, difikultis and evrivun vud fin it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drems of the Guvermntvud finali hav kum tru.

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January 8, 2011 at 13:40:50
Absolutely fabulous piece of writing... I love it! Combine fmwap's contribution with today's text speak and we will be completely unintelligible.

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January 8, 2011 at 21:18:02
Ebonics for the computer age?


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January 9, 2011 at 17:08:37
If yas ax me it cmms we R but a klik away frum falleeng doun a slipury slop.


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