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Observation of people on Internet apologizing for language skills

Discussion in 'The OT' started by dpeters11, May 16, 2012.

  1. May 16, 2012 #1 of 118
    dpeters11

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    Has anyone else noticed that on the Internet, the ones that apologize for their English skills (non-native speakers) usually still seem to have a better grasp of it than the average American?
     
  2. May 16, 2012 #2 of 118
    SayWhat?

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    Uh-huh.

    I've noticed that people that learn English as a second language generally type it better than native speakers.

    Less mistakes and nearly no chat-speak. They know the difference between words and letters (you is not spelled 'u', your is not spelled 'ur').
     
  3. May 16, 2012 #3 of 118
    dpeters11

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    I wonder if there actually is any coorelation between what their native language is. Probably a bit easier if their native language is Germanic, but there could be other factors as well. They probably live in a country that starts teaching foreign languages early. I didn't have a school that offered a foreign language class until High School, and though I took several years of Spanish, most of what I remember is from Sesame Street.
     
  4. May 16, 2012 #4 of 118
    Stewart Vernon

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    It doesn't help that we have developed a culture in the US where it is considered practically taboo to correct anyone for grammar and spelling errors. I think in other parts of the world this is not treated the same... hence you get people with English as a second language who apologize for their errors and welcome friendly correction so they know for the next time.

    A US English-speaking person, on the other hand, will get irate if you dare to mention they made a mistake...
     
  5. May 16, 2012 #5 of 118
    SPACEMAKER

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    My favorites:
    Then instead of than
    Loose instead of lose (not really grammar, but still...)

    But my all time favorite is when I saw "Might as well..." written as "Minus swell..."
     
  6. May 16, 2012 #6 of 118
    Earl Bonovich

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    The whay eye lok atit, if eye kan get my point acros two someone else, then so b it.

    Translation....

    Languague skills are communication skills.
    There is text book definition's of what is right and what is wrong.
    There are social conventions that are accepted when communicating.

    I am not a great speller, but I rarely have had communication issues both typed and spoken, with people of varying languagues as their "first" languague. I spend all week talking to people who's first languague is not English... Tagolog, Korean, Russian, Polish, Portuguese....

    I don't mind if someone corrects me... but don't harp on it.
    If you are going to be the grammer police about something, especially on forums/facebook/texting/twitter.... please.

    If it is on my profession Resume, a published Book/paper, documentation... that is something else.
     
  7. May 16, 2012 #7 of 118
    Nick

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    All of the above, but one that I've seen recently is "prolly" instead of "probably" used,
    not just in texting, but in posts on discussion forums. Prolly is ugly and is not a word.
     
  8. May 16, 2012 #8 of 118
    SayWhat?

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    I'm still trying to figure out who LOL is.

    Other than Data's sort-of-sister.
     
  9. May 16, 2012 #9 of 118
    mstanka

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    The biggest one for me is the proper use of There, Their, and They're. Drives me CRAZY!!
     
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    naijai

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    One of the most annoying things are the differences in the King's English spelling versus American English spelling
    Honour vs. Honor
    Colour vs. Color
    Cheque vs. Check ( Someone actually made fun of me because of that)
    I always have to change my spelling language to English UK, if not, spell check drives me batty.
    If a person is going to use 21st century shorthand, then make sure it can be understood.
     
  12. May 16, 2012 #12 of 118
    TBlazer07

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    And I absolutely hate "peeps" (and "dude").
     
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    TBlazer07

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    That's why God (or was it Al Gore?) invented spull chuckers! :)
     
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    dpeters11

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    I don't have to spell it often, but the word I always had trouble with was gray vs grey, until it was pointed out that the difference was American vs English.
     
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    Earl Bonovich

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    There, Their, They're.... it will be okay....
     
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    redsoxfan26

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    What gets me is when people spell "alot" instead of "a lot". It's two words!
     
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    wilbur_the_goose

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    PS - It's FebRuary. There are two "R"s in February, and both should be pronounced.

    PPS - The "T" in often should never be pronounced.
     
  18. May 16, 2012 #18 of 118
    SayWhat?

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    I'm not really all that concerned about misspelling a word or two here and there. What annoys me is people writing like children. No paragraphs, improper case (if any at all), run on sentences, lack of punctuation, etc. It's just laziness, period.

    Part of it may be the proliferation of mobile devices with teeney-tiny keyboards that require something other than fingers to operate.

    Part of it is 'if you don't like how I type, drop dead, I ain't here to please you'.
     
  19. May 16, 2012 #19 of 118
    Laxguy

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    Winters,...
    But those shouldn't be in caps, and probably (not prolly) put in quotes! :D
    My favorites are gratuitous apostrophe's, often found in "its" the possessive.
     
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    Laxguy

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    Dood! What's to hate about "Dude"? But totally, like totally, man, agree on the "peeps" abomination. :sure:
     

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