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Author Topic: Poor-spelling hams  (Read 1888 times)
K7KBN
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2007, 02:59:25 PM »

Web -

Zero perspiration, as they say.

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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2007, 03:05:11 PM »

<< But if you get a chance, read a book called 'Eats, shoots and leaves' by Lynne Truss. Not that I totally agree with all her comments on punctuation, only 99% of them.... >>

This is one of my favorite books. I don't think I have ever laughed so hard as I did the first time I read it.

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Lon - W3LK
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ONAIR
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2007, 01:04:21 AM »

   Isn't there a porno by the same name?
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AA4PB
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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2007, 11:27:00 AM »

The solution: http://www.iespell.com/
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N3BIF
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2007, 12:05:20 PM »

  Perhaps the Internet has  afforded us with limitless opportunity to view unedited and spontaneous writings of an unequally limitless corps of authors.
  I wager that prior to perhaps a decade ago this was quite impossible. I think back to the most public of forums prior to the web , the restroom walls, and remember much incorrect spelling as well as inaccurate and exaggerated  illustrations.
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W3LK
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2007, 01:34:20 PM »

<<  I think back to the most public of forums prior to the web , the restroom walls, and remember much incorrect spelling as well as inaccurate and exaggerated illustrations.>>

What a wonderful analogy!!! <ggg>

You just gave me my laugh for the day!

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Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2008, 07:58:27 AM »

The dumbing down of the Amateur Radio Service, some say required to 'maintain' the current ranks and bolster new entries, has had its effect.  I'm sure that when the second grade English operator begins sending CW at 22 WPM, the lack of spelling/correct verb/noun usage disappears.  Some obvious spelling errors are the effect of aging on ham radio fingers (a is next to s, r is next to e, etc. - most mature hams were not weaned on keyboards) and if one doesn't spell check and review what they type before posting, you get the results commented on in the threads.  However, if you read some of the threads, it's not merely a misplaced digit hitting a wrong key, it is much more telling of the level of retentiveness of our ENGLISH language.  It is commonly acknowledged that an illiterate person can hold a very good conversation.  However, he/she reveals the common lack of ENGLISH understanding  when they attempt to put words on paper (PC screen??) As  fellow Amateurs, we need to attempt to correct this occurrence when encountered, in a friendly, conscientious, manner.  That I believe is the true meaning of mentoring and the pursuit of Ham Radio

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G3RZP
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« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2008, 07:44:57 AM »

Is this 'dumbing down' of Amateur radio, or rather the 'dumbing down' of western society - aided, very forcefully, by television leading to lower reading standards?
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N4CQR
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« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2008, 08:10:56 AM »

Quote: G3RZP ....by television.....

Do people still watch those things?

73 Craig
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WY3X
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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2008, 03:23:59 PM »

Fellow amateur operators, I recently have noticed a large number of news sources stating "he was in hospital", or in this case, "he escaped from hospital", as if the word "hospital" is an adverb. I've always treated it as a noun, for example, "in the hospital", or "escaped from a hospital", though I've noticed the British use the word differently. Now, if I can just remember that newspaper columnist who used to place personal pronouncements concerning grammar in the local paper.... ;-) -KR4WM
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W7IBI
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« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2008, 07:25:50 AM »

Of course, this spelling situation is widespread. While looking at my chart at the dentist office yesterday, I saw the word "soar". It had been written by the young woman who called me after my last visit to see how I was getting along. I replied, "Just a little sore".
When I arrived at the office she was sitting alone at the front desk texting a friend on her phone......so much for even needing to know how to spell!

Chris
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N9SCW
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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2008, 09:43:49 PM »

One word I used for years was "irregardless" until I had a highly educated boss correct me. He told me there was no such word so I went to dictionary.com and looked it up. This is what I found.

Usage note Irregardless is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir- and -less. It was probably formed on the analogy of such words as irrespective, irrelevant, and irreparable. Those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. Irregardless first appeared in the early 20th century and was perhaps popularized by its use in a comic radio program of the 1930s.

Later he did admit that it use to be one of his favorite words also until his wife pointed it out to him. Now my wife uses it all the time and I can't stand to hear it, but no matter what I tell her she continues. Gotta love her.

73 Brian
Anderson, Indiana
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KC9EOT
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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2008, 07:20:45 AM »

Get over it. Does the speller get his point across? Its a hobby for god sakes. Yes its nice if people take time to proof read everything, some just don't and it doesn't matter.
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K9YNF
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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2008, 06:04:37 PM »

Thank you for this topic!

As a professional writer, DXer, and a reader of most of these forums, I have seen some more ham boo-boos:

lightening ... S/B lightning
verticle ... S/B vertical
licence ... S/B license
Honor Role ... S/B Honor Roll (or Honour, if in U.K.)
guide wires ... S/B guy wires
website ... S/B Web site
internet ... S/B Internet
convertor ... S/B converter
computor ... S/B computer
reciever ... S/B receiver
componets ... S/B components
rotor ... S/B rotator
HAM radio ... S/B ham radio
morse code ... S/B Morse code

Are there more?

Wayne
www.LongShortStories.com
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K3SRK
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« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2008, 06:54:51 PM »

Not exactly a spelling error, but the city council president AND school superintendent in a nearby city recently began a speech with "we be gonna..."

Anyone who thinks accurate spelling doesn't matter has no idea of the possible ramifications.  What if Robisson owes his doctor $2800 and your name is Robison?  What if the person at the electric company who is accepting your payment check enters either $12.80 instead of $128.00 or just plain credits the wrong account?

I had a medical facility try to get me for non-payment because the person who entered my info was sitting with the hands one key to the left on the keyboard.  Every digit in my name and address was off by one key.  I paid, but since things didn't match it didn't matter.
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