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I like that last sentence.
Watch out, Kathleen, the Hub Police will be after you, and I'm sorry, but I won't be able to utter a word in your defence... I'll be too busy laughing at your deliberate Spoonerism.
locaj and Twilight Lawns: I can tell I've found my people!
Hahahaha!! Love Spoonerisms. I had an aunt who used to say, in the interests of propriety, that someone had gotten something all "Bass Ackwards."
I was also thinking "to" and "too". I get texts that are misspelled with these words and it drives me crazy! How about when someone misuses "are" and "our"? How can that happen? Writing is our passion. That is why errors bother us so mu
I live in a historical California Gold Rush area. The nearby town has a western-themed coffee shop called Pony Expresso.
LOL--That's a bit different, Rochelle--technically incorrect, but a clever pun, nonetheless. ;)
Here's to a "latte more" enjoyment of your local coffeehouse. ;)
E-books are BAD for this problem! I've even had whole pages, or a series of pages missing!
peach purple - uh huh. I have a friend who in email messages seems illiterate for this very reason. I know for a fact she is not. Sometimes It is hard to follow. Also, she is in such a hurry she leaves words out. Running sentences drive me nuts.
Or perhaps, like my friend, there are those who look as if they have gathered a handful of commas and thrown them, indiscriminately, at the passage they have written.
I find this such a good answer. I, too, heard those things not just in my head but when I am around people who speak differently. There are so many dialects and just family and regional differences. The errors happen but we keep trying.
So, so true. i am the worst proofreader ever. I know that we "read" what we had meant o write, but that is no excuse. If I've looked through the Comments at the bottom of my Hubs, I frequently have found glaring typos and errors.
I actually do proofreading for others. So yes, to find mistakes that slipped past in your own work is terribly humiliating!
I completely agree. If someone makes errors on a "grand scale" I stop reading. If they can't string a few words together without punctuation & homophone errors, their content may also be as flawed. We should it out to them but does kindness forbi
Brilliant answer. I love it when someone knows what he is talking about and does it so eloquently as you, Electro-Denizen.
As an ex-school master, I am horrified to hear people subscribing to the "language evolving" idea.
Rules is rules, Innit!
The grammer poleese. Their always bangin on about they're big ideas an stuff... Like life hangs on an apostrophes...
Seriously, we sound nothing like we did 600 years ago, that's exciting. Our written English has changed so much. To infinitely go...
Language does evolve-has always evolved. I've gotten over "graduate college" as opposed to "graduate FROM college". We can't be dinosaurs, and yet "Me and him went out" is beyond my ability to cope (and I mean YOU Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon)
And the reason those people continue to make those errors is due to people like you making statements like that.
What is the point of there being rules and standards in a language if they are flouted or ignored?
If the "info or message is a good one
I never make the statement to people who make the errors.....I was simple answering a question......does it bother me.....
It is a delightful article too. But if bad English and punctuation drive you crazy, read the article with a really good port, it goes down better that way.
Ah! I wish, but, although I love Port and wines and Irish Whiskey and several liqueurs, I am a Muslim and have had to do without for the last fifteen years.
Maybe that's why I have the time and concentration to pick at others' punctuation errors.
It's like a blast from the past... Missed you!
A strong point with me. One of my favourite radio presenters, a man of virtually unflawed intelligence and vocabulary, constantly says "... according to him and I" and the like. It hurts the ear! Well, it hurts mine.
Mine as well.
Irregardless is my pet peeve. When I write, I often make the basic mistakes, but in rewrite mode I catch most of them. I have a Doctor who is great at catching the rest, and the great thing is he enjoys it. He and my wife are my best editors.
In newspapers any number under 10 is spelled out. But they deal with the issue of space. Many things are different in proper English, as anyone who loves red, white and blue commas in simple series will tell you.
Policies and philosophies vary from medium to medium. The two most influential guidebooks for publishers, editors, and writers, the Associated Press Style-book and the Chicago Manual of Style, have different approaches. The first recommends spelling
Damned straight. Nothing can be very historic either or the first annual. The man on the street may say these things, but if you are flippin going to write like a professional writer - know your craft.
I had a hub edited by a HubPages editor, and though the did make some good improvements, she also used the phrase "a bunch of".
Not only is this something I would never write-- she used it twice in one paragraph. I subsequently rewrote that part.
Reading the comments, there is one point I want to make about misspelling and the wrong usage. I am speech impaired. Spelling was a hard subject and still cause problems. Some cases it is just an error. In other cases there is a cause for the error.
Larry, I also have something wrong in my brain too and what I hate is those who think everyone should be as "perfect" as them. I wrote a hub about my ministroke and what it caused.
"Rather uniquely?!" That's on a par with saying "sort of pregnant."