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[03 May 2006|07:55pm]

I was originally just going to post this to Gaia Online, but I thought this might be relevant to those of you fine folks who still visit this somewhat dormant community:

I was talking to my teacher in my Web Design class (for a project, we’re making a web page about two things we love about our school) about how, due to the limited number of classes we have to complete the aforesaid project, I felt I was wasting too much time on content, because I have a tendency to write elaborately about things. She said that usually, in web sites, people find other ways to convey their messages, such as pictures, as, on web pages, people don’t like to read too much. This got me thinking, since most people go to web sites for the content, wouldn’t more content be encouraged? Shouldn’t intelligence be praised on the Internet?

But, then, I thought, this is America. What was I thinking?

Illiteracy is almost always encouraged from the very beginning. If AOL was your very first introduction to the internet, you’re bombarded almost immediately with the dreaded acronyms, though, while convenient in some instances, some seem almost extraneous (WYSIWYG, anyone?). Sticky caps hamper one’s ability to read content on the Internet, yet it seems to be “tehkewlies”. In the face of such odds, one has to seriously wonder about the perception of intelligence on the Internet.

So, your thoughts:

Do you think, in general, intelligence is praised or derided on the Internet?

When you go on web sites, is content your primary concern? What makes a good web site to you?

Does less content attract you? Does more content discourage you from reading or visiting a web page? Does the sight of text in excess of a paragraph utterly terrify you?

Feel free to discuss anything else you feel is relevant or would contribute.
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[01 Apr 2006|04:34pm]

[ mood | tired ]

A friend left me comments on my myspace (which was, unfortunately, created by a friend's whose relationship with me as of this point is ambiguous).

It's too bad I have no idea what she is saying (or attempting to say).

It was all sticky caps.

I'd attempted to have a debate with her in person about the advantages of coherence with Standard Written English, but she said something about all the letters in a word having to be capitalized if that first letter is captalized that I failed to understand then, and I still fail to understand now.

Oh, how I wish people in my grade level would get over the pride and prestige that comes with purposely impairing one's ability to read what they are attempting to communicate and make an effort to type correctly. It's not that hard.


[03 Dec 2005|11:21pm]

[ mood | blank ]

I'd been gripped by some sort of nostalgia for Fearless, so I was looking for information on Google about the Fearless FBI series. And, I stumbled upon a message board, which scared me, because in the character discussions, I encountered things like:

"But really they both luv her, she just makes it so difficult 4 them that she presumes they h8 her"

I really wish I was making this up. It makes me wonder why people go out of their way to spell things wrong the way they do. I haven't seen anyone deliberately misspell things like that since I was in fifth grade and everyone had usernames on AOL like "1c3sk8r230". I really didn't think people spelled things like that anymore. Or maybe they have been all along and I've just been lulled into a false sense of security since I no longer actively seek them out to mock anymore. Oh, how my brain hurts.

Also, something that happened in school this week: Chaminade cancelled their prom recently, so my history teacher, who reads the announcements after classes culminate, and she said, since we have a dance coming up, or something, to "go get them" (which I found hilariously out of place, because it's this woman, probably old enough to be my grandmother, telling us to "go get them"). Apparently, someone from Kellenburg heard about this, so this boy writes an e-mail to the school, and the principal found it hilarious, so she showed my history teacher, who relayed the tale of the e-mail to my class, which basically chastised our school for discriminating against Kellenburg guys, apparently, and that Kellenburg guys, too, can go out with "Secret Heart" girls (wtf, we're SACRED Heart girls). She also noted that the e-mail was ridden with grammatical and punctuation errors, and she had been contemplating a response, stating she wouldn't encourage it until Kellenburg guys "reached the educational caliber of our girls". I thought that was hilarious.

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arghgh [21 Oct 2005|09:12pm]

[ mood | cranky ]

Spotted the following sign today on my way to work that made my bowels cramp . . .


Low Door
Watch your Head


[28 Sep 2005|03:30pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

Wow, a place to rant about the many and varied examples of misspelled public signage and the baffling apathy to forming correct sentences most people seem to have these days.


My job as a court reporter requires not only a fast and accurate typing speed but also extremely savage grammar and punctuation abilities. I'm also a big reader so the subject is near to my heart. I am the only person I know who not only knows how to use a ";" correctly, without it being followed by ) to make a smilie, and probably the only person in the world to use it in an SMS for its intended use.

There was an article in my paper recently (Adelaide's "Sunday Mail" for those of you playing at home) that basically said, "Kids can't spell, let's blame the teachers." Now, I was one of those insufferable kids who corrected the teachers' blackboard errors (and didn't they love me for it) but how are kids expected to remember how to spell words correctly when everywhere around us are major errors?

I'm sure I don't have to enumerate them for you (apostrophe s for plurals and "your" instead of "you're" are two of my pet hates) but these errors are cropping up not only on poorly handwritten shop windows but in newspapers and on television promos. I also blame the fact that the only reading kids do now is their email or SMS. I have banged on about this at length in various internet forums where people find it necessary to abbreviate a three-letter word to a two-letter one, etc. There is no space restriction in these forums so why???

As an Australian, I also object violently to the Americanisation of our spelling (like organization, color, tires and center *shudder*)

I have been accused of being a literary snob and grammar Nazi - that the English language is evolving and will continue to do so - but is it too much to demand that people furnish their opinions in readable sentences??

Anyway, nice to be here among like-minded people!

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[24 Sep 2005|01:09pm]
[ mood | excited ]


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[15 Sep 2005|07:55pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

My mom was watching Smallville reruns on ABC Family and one of the characters was holding a pamphlet that a man had given him, about apartments, and upon the camera panning in to what the pamphlet actually said, I noticed the following grammar mistake:

"Apartments, not too big, not to small"

at which point I pointed a finger defiantly towards the television screen, and had a mighty good laugh about observing the mistake. Which I had to post here, just because I'm dorky like that.


talesofthe illiterate volumeone [08 Sep 2005|11:31pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

You know what I really hate? Going into iTunes and seeing, under Top Downloaded Songs for the band OK Go, "Your So Damn Hot". It's "you're", not "your". Forgetting the contraction just makes it something totally nonsensical and inane, 'kay?

Also from Tales of the Illiterate: I went to the city last week, and I saw a billboard in one of the stations, poorly vandalized. I didn't have a camera, so I couldn't take a picture of it, but the vandal(s) wrote, "OGMZ THE FRENCH ROXXORZZ!!!!1" or something to that effect. I am not kidding. The one was there, too.

After witnessing that horror, my friend, who was with me, subsequently asked me what an "ogmz" is supposed to be.

That is all for tonight. Sleep well, my fellow illiterate haters.

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[29 Jul 2005|08:14pm]

I find this ironic.
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In which we realize just how big of a geek Newbia really is. [02 Jun 2005|07:06pm]

[ mood | aggravated ]

((For clarification: I am a geek, not a dork or nerd.))

Do you know why Americans are accused of knowing less grammar than the rest of the developed world? No, it's not because the Brits are a bunch of stuck-up meanies. It is because we don't actually learn any grammar past elementary school.

Oh, we learned have "grammar lessons" of course, but we don't learn any grammar, because grammar means knowing how to speak and write well, "well" being judged according to a set of rules. All we learn in class is what all those words are called--prepositional phrases, infinitive forms. I shudder to think I saying "when will we ever have a use for knowing that in real life?" because when someone says that, 99% of the time there is a perfectly good reason that the person doesn't realize. [1] The reason is to make learning grammar clearer, because it would be fairly confusing for someone to tell you to always put a comma after a prepositional phrase at the beginning of a sentence when you don't know what a prepositional phrase is and think you're talking about apostrophes. [2] Problem is--we don't actually use what we learn in grammar, because we don't learn grammar!

Maybe it's just my school. In sixth grade, I attended a school in California and my teacher was the fabulous [name removed, henceforth known as "Edna"]. At the beginning of every grammar period she would put a sentence on the board and we would have to correct it. In that way, we learned to put the periods at the end of sentences, where apostraphes should go, not to say "like" or Edna would slap you, etc. Now that I look back on it, it's very basic stuff I learned in third grade--I had to figure out how to use an ellipsis all by myself. When I move to New Jersey, the teachers did not do that, even though the new school was actually a better one.

Every time my teacher (who is not fabulous) takes out the grammar book, I moan and groan like everyone else in the class. But if she would just teach us some frikkin' grammar, I would jump for joy.

[1] Speaking of perfectly good reasons--I have doing anything if it's not for a good reason, so every time I use a grammar rule I think of a reason for it. Guess what? You actually really do need grammar for many good reasons! Like, OMG! So, bring it on--tell me any rule, any rule at all, and I will tell you why it's needed. Seriously, please do. I am a geek, bordering on nerdiness.

[2] And, of course, because the teacher would get fired if she didn't teach what was in the basic curriculum.

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[29 May 2005|06:51pm]
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dyslexic astrologers [27 May 2005|09:33pm]
find out what's in the stars for you!Collapse )
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[27 Feb 2005|08:22pm]

[ mood | amused ]

I was in Times Square with Alex today, and I saw two Doritos billboards which gave me a strong urge to hurl rocks at it update in this community.

One stated, "Get 2 no Jack", referring to a new flavor of their product. Instead of inciting me to immediately run to a store and purchase it, it caused me to feel that Doritos should get to know a dictionary and correct their mistakes.

Another stated, "Get coolr", and I told Alex, who also witnessed the horror of the ad, "More like, get an 'e' and put it in between the l and the r."

It's so sad that Doritos thinks that by catering to horrible grammar and spelling, they can get more people to eat their chips (which don't even taste that great to begin with).

By the way, Mikey inspired me to update.

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U R /\/0+ ^GR4D3D [27 Feb 2005|09:09am]
Someone should be shot square in the face for this.Collapse )

I kind of like that dude's hair, though.
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4 p4r3n+'5 pr1/\/\3r t0 c0mpu+3r s|_4/\/g [22 Feb 2005|07:47am]
[ mood | Something along the lines of "LMFAO" ]


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I would give this to my English teacher as a Christmas present...but I don't like her. [15 Feb 2005|10:16pm]

"Meanwhile, that energetic enemy to all punctuation Gertrude Stein (remember when she said the comma was "servile"?) said that semicolons suppose themselves superior to the comma, but are mistaken:

They are more powerful more imposing more pretentious than a comma but they are a comma all the same. They really have within them deeply within them fundamentally within them the comma nature.
Gertrude Stein, "Poetry and Grammar",1935.

--Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

That's what puncuation is good for: flow. I can't read chatspeak well at all; it's the equivalent of a person reading it aloud and pausing after every misspelled word.

Just felt like sharing.

In other shocking news, it turns out you can use more than three dots in an ellipsis! I have noticed that if the ellipsis comes at the end of a paragraph and a complete sentence, it has four dots.

That's the only exception I make, though. The rest of you guys will have to keep it to three dots, not those.........things.

Do any of you play neopets? Of those of you who do, do any of you ever go to the roleplaying boards? If not, then my literacy peeve (and I do mean a peeve about literacy, not illiteracy, and mostly with good writing in general) won't be interesting.

That weird 'less than' bracket thing and a three,

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[15 Feb 2005|09:40pm]

I finally found a community that promotes typing correctly. Thank God.

Oh. Something I wish to add. It bothers me. Yea does NOT spell yeah...if I see that one more time, I might go crazy.
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I have not posted here in forever. Or a really long time. [12 Jan 2005|12:59am]

[ mood | NONE OR OTHER ]

I was in music class, and what really was grating to me was that when my music teacher was talking of sight singing for the midterm (of horrors), she kept saying "You must see either Mr. Stelmach or I". And, in my head, I kept yelling, "me, it's me!"

Argh, these teachers and thinking incorrect English sounds more professional. Maybe I'm just too particular.


Pedantic and proud of it [07 Dec 2004|06:37pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

My name's Jen and I'm new to this whole business - still quite shocked that so many other people listed 'spelling correctly' as one of their interests, actually!! Anyway, that's how I found you guys. Kindred spirits!
I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to spelling/ grammar/ punctuation. Probably too many to list. A lot of my friends used to give me their essays to proofread, but they won't do that any more since they know I'm quite likely to go through it with a red pen and cross half of it out. Mispunctuation is a big pet hate. Why do people use commas instead of full stops? I don't mind ellipsis in things like emails that take a more 'stream of consciousness' style, but I do really object to that. And why don't people take the time to read through what they've written and correct the typos? I'm not talking about the odd one, but about pages and pages of mistakes where they just haven't read what they've written. Why do they rely on the spellcheck? Even newspapers do it!!
The way I see it, we have rules so we can follow them, and systems of punctuation etc. so we can use them. Some people seem to think that makes me a bad person. But language is a method of communication, and I see no point in not using the things put in place to make that communication as clear as possible. When I talk to my sister online, I have to literally decode everything she says into normal English - add vowels, insert commas, de-abbreviate, substitute words for numbers, read it aloud to work out her bizarre phonetic spelling etc. The worst thing is that she thinks this is fine. Her friends can understand her, so she doesn't think she needs to learn how to punctuate or how to spell. And her school doesn't correct her mistakes, so how is she expected to learn what is and isn't acceptable?
Sorry that this has turned into such a major rant! Everyone else tells me to shut up and stop being pedantic!!

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Hello! [21 Sep 2004|04:36pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Hello! My name is Lindsay and I am new here. I will admit outright that I'm not the best at spelling in the entire world, but I do know when to use a comma and when to use a semicolon. And if I do happen to misspell something, I'll notice it doesn't look right and ask "Hey, is this spelled wrong?" because I'm not afraid of getting corrected or told I made a mistake--every one does.

The things that piss me off the most aren't really spelling errors...it's more the spelling errors of things like "their" versus "there" or "they're" and "your" versus "you're." A friend of mine consistantly is typing "your" instead of "you're" and I always correct him. He always gets pissed off at me. He told me the other day he's not being ignorant, he's being lazy. What's the freaking difference of adding two more characters to the freaking word?! It takes a half a second longer.

Maybe I'm just annoyed easily because I can type fast and therefore properly spelling and punctuating isn't a problem for me time wise. Some people use the "hunt and peck" method and it takes them forever to type. But even still--typing like a teeny makes you seem...well, like an illiterate teeny!

Another thing that bothers me is people who use numbers instead of "to" or "for." A perfect example of a sentence I hate is: "u got 2 go 2 the store 4 sum apples". No capitalization (which I can deal with), the use of "u" instead of "you" and the numbers 2 and 4 in place of "to" and "for." Also, instead of adding an extra letter to some, they just type "sum," which has an all together completely different meaning than what they intended it to be.

I also hate people who type run-on sentences and don't use commas and add "and" every other word to link their thoughts and and and....hehe. I realize I'm not funny.

Wow, that was long. All I wanted to do was say hello.

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