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New words today from Laurel: ribbit (from a terry-cloth frog) and sharpen (after a week of reminders to say that instead of throwing dull colored pencils).

I'm starting to laugh at posts to militaryspouses that I'm pretty sure weren't meant to be funny. Every time I see someone referring to their significant other/spouse as "hun", "hunna" or "hunny", I have a mental image of the World War I poster that says "Beat back the Hun with Liberty Bonds".

I think it's my literal reading of English that makes it so funny, though. When I was in school, it was considered nothing short of a cardinal sin to not capitalize or punctuate correctly. (I'll never forget that "a lot" is two words after Mrs. MacEldowney held one of my eighth-grade honors program classmates by the hand and made him step back and forth repeatedly, saying "a" on one step and "lot" on the return.)

So I chuckle when posts to the community have obvious typos like "costed" (the poster mailed her spouse a care package and she couldn't believe it "costed" $30), "spouces", or they don't capitalize anything except "God" (to include the pronoun 'I'). I know I shouldn't, but when it has been pointed out that it's annoying when someone posts entirely in lowercase with multiple comma splices and what my father would call "ghetto grammar" it's either ignored or taken as an insult.

I understand now part of what amused phoena so much in reading posts on LJ and elsewhere. While I've been cocooning myself in the intricacies of moving sites I have administrative privileges for toward being as accessible as possible, I've missed the memo that it's acceptable to simultaneously brag about being a college student and write at a fourth grade level.

That is all.

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blueeyed
Feb. 18th, 2003 10:15 pm (UTC)
The one that I notice the most (especially at work in the notes for reservations for parties) is "payed" instead of "paid". Ugh. Bad grammar/spelling sucks.
oddharmonic
Feb. 18th, 2003 10:21 pm (UTC)
Gah! *hands you a clue-by-four and carte blanche to use it on anyone you see using "payed"*
ex_terimom417
Feb. 19th, 2003 05:29 am (UTC)
I thought the perma-cringe condition was normal now.
radixx
Feb. 19th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
I think the problem is deeper than you mention even. People tend to write online the way they speak. I get the cringe when I listen to people, especially here in the south. It's horrible really. The english language is a rich and confusing one, but it sounds oh so much better when used properly.
shinju
Feb. 20th, 2003 04:35 am (UTC)
OMGWTF!!!!11!!
J00 haev teh no idear waht joo is spaking uf!!11!!

LOL

IT IZ SO MCUH MOER ANOYNIG WEHN TEY SPAKE ALL IN CAPS!!!OMG!!!11LOL!!11!!!

yes.

that's what annoys me. Not the people who are using said types of "leetspeak" to make a point, but who actually think they are part of the original 80's arpa-net raiders and are 'leet'.

Bleah.
control6
Feb. 20th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)
Most
of it's laziness both physical and mental. Although if I'm tired my spelling slips.
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