Hubs I do not want to finish reading.

I know people who love to write need to put their ideas down on paper or on "laptop" so they will not lose the flow of their creative moments. That being said, I find people do not bother to go back and edit their Hubs to insure they use the correct words and/or sentence structures to make them readable. Enter a Hub about a movie I was interested in reading about on a recent Hub. The author had me initially intrigued until he told me the character was "week". This is not a typo, this is a genuine misuse of the word "weak". The author lost all credibility with me and I exited reading the Hub. Credibility? Zero.

I am not a snob, although I do teach writing and literature at the college level. I make mistakes as much as the next person, but I am pretty picky about word usage in writing. I once had a student who wrote a paper entitled: Brains VS Bronze. We had heretofore discussed the idea of brawn as the opposite of brain power, but he thought it was bronze we were talking about. Again, I was disappointed that this type of thing continues to permeate writing at any kind of level.

I see this misuse of words in almost daily living, ALL the time actually. In the words: there, their, they're we have but a few choices, depending on what you are trying to say. People will write that they "to" wish they could come along. No, it is they "too". Do people really not care? I think the more we dumb ourselves down, the more idiotic we look to other people. Why read something that so obviously is incorrectly written, especially when written by an adult who professes to know how to "write"or is it "right" or "rite"???

Here is another one. Extreme, written as "extreem", this time the spell check could have found the error. But, the person writing it did not even seem to care to utilize it. We have it at our fingertips and we still think we do not need to check our work.

Writing good Hubs is not just about having a good topic, writing something new and unusual, or even detailing something, it is about writing something impeccably well. This means using words correctly, spell checking them, rereading them and checking for errors.

I cannot tell you how many Hubs I would read here if people were careful about how they wrote. I could not be bothered with "bad writing" but obviously EL James's readers give no thought to it. She and Stephanie Meyer write atrociously, but they are picked up and read by millions. No wonder people do not know how to write. If they use these writers as models for their own writing, they will continue to be overlooked by people interested in reading quality Hubs that are intelligently written.

I am not trying to discourage people from writing! I am trying to discourage people from writing like they are in the fifth grade again.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Yes, Aley - I agree. But we do find ourselves sometimes slipping up. Actually, sometimes my Mac's spellchecker grabs a word and decides arbitrarily what it should be, often so absurdly, it's comical! I notice one little error above which I'd bet was the result of one of those: ". . . overlooked by people interesting in. . . ." That's the kind of thing that happens inadvertently. Seems that one has to keep an eye on spell check to keep it from making such changes when one's not looking!

We're on the same page, though, when it comes to those basic errors some otherwise good writers make consistently: "to", "too" & "there" "their" "they're" among them, but far from all the type. Probably the more people hear reading rather than seeing it, the more invasive those misconceptions. But surely grammar is still being taught, - isn't it?


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Aley Martin 3 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA Author

thanks Nellieanna...perhaps we all need to edit each others work as it is difficult to "catch" ones own mistakes? Grammar is still being taught at the elementary level, it is not however the only way to learn intelligent writing. Reading actually is used as a way of teaching, but if we do not write well, then we cannot read well. Mistake fixed and much appreciated.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

So right - if we haven't internalized the basic understanding of subtleties of language, we can't read or write well.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

I could not agree more! I, too, will leave a Hub when it becomes evident that the writer has failed both grammar and spelling. This sort of thing is one of my own pet peeves, about which I've written more than one Hub. You are so right about the populace being "dumbed-down."

Our schools are too busy teaching to tests instead of truly educating the young. It is painfully obvious that such tests prove nothing; their only benefit is to the bank accounts of the test-makers.

When I see such errors even in sources of public information, such as in newspapers, magazines, and on news (and other) websites, it appears the entire concept of proofreading has gone out with the trash.

I also enjoy playing with words and putting together oddball combinations of both modern and archaic words. Here's one example I just made up, that would drive many over the edge:

"We're going down to the weer weir to see if there were any fish trapped overnight." ;-)

Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.


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Aley Martin 3 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA Author

Thanks! I love your sentence! I happen to love reading Victorian Literature and note that most people were labeled "doltish" if they were stupid. I love that word and use it and many other archaic words just"because" it is so fun. Jettison, obstreperous, pusillanimous, defenestrate, ubiquitous, smarmy, and churlish are all words I love using. Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Indubitably! ;-)


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC

Well Aley, thank you. As a novice writer and someone who is often pressed for time, I admit that I sometimes do not go back to check. I'll try to keep it more professional from here on out!

Thanks,

Bruce


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Aley Martin 3 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA Author

A reminder to us ALL, as review of ones work is something we all should do! Thanks.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Thanks for reminding us , Aley. By the way, did you just overlooked 'insure' or is it really meant for 'ensure'?

I am not so good with English language, since my thinking (usually) is in Filipino, but minor errors (such as typo), should also be given a chance.

Remember, HubPages is a community. You don't live alone in this site.

Note: I am reviewing my hubs, so that you will include my hubs on your list (lol!). :)

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