I see so many hubs, questions, forums, etc. with typos in them (improper punctuation, incorrect grammar, misspellings) that everyone, not just grammar Nazis, would notice. Does anyone else find this distracting when they're reading?!
Yes. But what's more annoying than innocent typos is when the author misspells the same word over and over again, meaning it's no accident but they actually have no idea how it's spelled.
I don't think someone writing about how to "loose" weight is much of an authority on the topic. And I don't think someone complaining about "plagerism" is writing the kind of material that anyone would find worth stealing. But that's just my opinion!
Haha I know exactly what you're talking about, but that drives me crazy too. To me, that should be common sense. And if you're writing about something, then that knowledge should be YOUR common sense. Nothing is more annoying than that!
If you see a typo in a hub title, you can let the author know in the comments section, and then the author can delete your comment after fixing the title.
But sometimes you can tell from reading the hub or the post that the author is a hopelessly lost cause and no amount of corrections will ever help. Most people in that boat don't get much organic search engine traffic anyway, and the only ones who ever see their error-riddled hubs are other HubPages users browsing around the site. There's also the Featured/Unfeatured system that hides really low-quality hubs from search engines, so hopefully they don't hurt the site too much.
Unfortunately, it seems that a firm grasp of English and its concepts are something that people have to be born with, and it can't always be taught. And writing isn't just about knowing where to put a comma either; it's about style, talent, and creative genius, and that's something most people will never understand.
No no no. I've got something more annoying than that. Assuming someone that is new to the language or dyslexic doesn't have common sense. It seems to me that it would take at least some common sense to understand that for some English is a second language or they may struggle with dyslexia.
Hmm, I see your point, and writing, like everything else, takes practice. ESL and sufferers of dyslexia are obviously excluded from this; common sense, in my use of it, refers to choosing to write about a specific topic, or even just using certain words, and spelling the same word wrong every time or using the wrong forms of words, for example. Writing takes effort and patience, and if you're going to publish something like on HP, I would expect a level of dedication that involves a little research, proofreading, and editing. I may be more meticulous about it than others, but I'm by no means ignorant or insensitive to the struggles of people who don't know English that well for whatever reason.
Your right, writing and grammar take practice. That's what I'm doing here. I don't expect to get anything from any of my hubs or comments in these forums except practice. I'm dyslexic and always proof read everything I type and make sure there are no little red squiggly lines, however there are certain words that trip me up and as much as I check the meaning of the words when I'm unsure, errors still get by. I usually only notice them when I've come back a day latter and the errors are staring me in the face. I do struggle with things like "lose" and "loose", "chose" and "choose", so these are things I'm working on next. I'm practicing here so that when I type something to a client I don't look like a twelve year old.
So, let's not be so quick to assume someone is lazy because they have poor grammar.
That being said… even I don't like seeing this ( tomorrow , we will…) or variations of that.
That's good to hear! The more you write, the better you'll read, and vice versa. Everyone should take your approach to it who struggles to read and write. (And now I understand why you took what I said so harshly, and I'm sorry if I offended you.) Small things like "loose" and "lose" wasn't really what I was talking about because that's not something you can figure out - your and you're you can because you can break one of them apart, for example, but the former is trickier so that's completely forgivable. People should pay more attention to those red squiggly lines though! If I can understand what a person is saying, that's half the battle of the writer right there. Just because there's an excuse for mistakes shouldn't deter someone from trying that much harder to correct them, so I applaud your initiative to improve your English skills.
When I get confused with (lose and loose) I look them up in the dictionary. However all that grammar checking sometimes gets in the way of my thoughts.
Haha grammar checking can be tedious, I'll give you that, but the more you work at it in the elementary stages of understanding it, the less you'll have to do it later. Before you know it, it'll be second nature!
How about spelling this word wrong time and time again?
Color or as it is in the dictionary and on many spell checkers colour.
The difference is U
However am I to disregard all of someone's posts about the color/colour of racism because I consider they cant spell properly?
Colour is the proper spelling for me in Canada. In the states color is fine. So when you see that word spelled with a U, it's correct for that person.
Neighbour, behaviour, centre, cheque, clamour, demeanour, enrol, endeavour are all correct for me.
Absolutely not. Again, that's not what I'm talking about. Colloquial spelling - most pointedly the differences in American and British spellings of words - is never a typo because an entire country, nation, group of people, region, or language uses it as the accepted form. "Color" and "colour" are both right; it just depends on where you are.
In my original post, I said it was distracting. Not bothersome, not a sign of idiocy, not something to avoid when you're reading. I'm not telling anyone to disregard anyone's posts, and I never would.
Actually, I find it disturbing. Sometimes I make typos, but correct them quickly because I edit. If one manages to get through and I cannot edit for some reason, it is very embarrassing.
Distracting, disturbing, embarrassing...the list is endless. I don't understand how people are unable to edit things or how posts are published and featured when even the TITLE has a typo in it. If a hub has too many mistakes in it like that, I can't even bring myself to continue reading, which is a shame for the ones with potential.
I know I find it distracting. But then again I look at my own writing and see errors and have to go back and fix them.
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