Fraser's spelling class ;)
More to follow!
Not to upstage you, Fraser, but I have some peeves to air here, too. Thank you for starting the topic.
Use of "it's" vs. "its"
"It's" is a contraction for "it is." It should not be used unless you mean to say, "it is."
"Its" is a possessive pronoun, like "his," and "hers."
"Brake" vs. "break"
A "brake" is a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle.
"Break" means a rest period or a gap in something.
There are no apostrophes in plurals
Amusement parks don't have "ride's" and coasters don't have "OTSR's."
Example of good sentence:
A good coaster has no trim brakes and OTSRs along its course.
A good coaster has no trim breaks and OTSR's along it's course.
Lesson over. Thank you for your time.
Good Work Eric...
and if I may add this.
The Conditional Perfect.
I should have gone. I would have ridden.
Not ...I should OF gone or I would OF ridden.
You can say should've or would've. But PLEASE no OFs.
Exam next week!!!!
That, too, is annoying! Also, asking where something is "at" is annoying as well.
"Where is the new coaster at?"
That should be:
"Where is the new coaster?"
One final one: When people write money amounts under a dollar like this: .99¢
Would that mean that you get change back from your penny?
I guess we can go on and on, but no one is going to change their ways because of us. But it's fun to get nit picky.
IMO, it doesn't matter at all how they spell it, as long as you see what they're trying to say.
> IMO, it doesn't matter at all how they spell it,
> as long as you see what they're trying to say.
Thus begins a dumbed-down world.
Surely if your opinion is important then you should make every effort to communicate efficiently. That's what I've always been taught anyway.
Sometimes (thouygh thankfully not too often on URC) I've spent so long trying to decipher the "English" of contributors (lack of punctuation the most consistent offence)that I've given up and moved onto the next message.
> Thus begins a dumbed-down world.
> Surely if your opinion is important then you
> should make every effort to communicate
> efficiently. That's what I've always been taught
> Sometimes (thouygh thankfully not too often on
> URC) I've spent so long trying to decipher the
> "English" of contributors (lack of
> punctuation the most consistent offence)that I've
> given up and moved onto the next message.
I think that's taking it a bit too far, I mean, there is school out there, and you usually don't feel like applying everything you learned at school when you're not there. Anyway, I think the world at times tries to be too smart and in the end it just messes everything up. Anyway, it's just opinions, but efficient communication is really all I look for, there are many posts out there that are impossible to tell what in the world that person's saying, and those posts do definately need some work, but if someone doesn't use an apostraphe or something like that, I don't care, it's not that important, or if someone doesn't put a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, big deal, it's when they maybe forget a comma or a period that can make a difference in what they're saying that it gets tough to read.
Poor spelling and grammar is just plain lazy, and there's no excuse for it. Get used to doing it right and it will be just as easy as doing it wrong---and you won't look like a dunce in the end.
If we let our guard down, imagine where written (and spoken) English would go.
It's already gone down, so what, there's minor language changes, now there's ebonics, big deal, it's not that hard to adapt to it unless you keep your mind totally closed to it. Yet seriously, on this board, why does it matter? This isn't a place to get all uptight about everything, it's a place to have fun, and if that means being a little lazy, fine, you can't be doing work every second of your life or else you're missing out on an awful lot. As long as it's possible to read it, it's fine.
Fraser, "though" does not have a "y" in it..(Good game, good game..)