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Author Topic: Can anyone spell anymore??  (Read 14612 times)
KA5N
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« on: August 10, 2011, 07:39:12 AM »

You see it every day on eHam posts with incorrectly spelled words, incorrect usage and wrong choice of words.
 You lose power you do not "loose" power.  Your amp may arc but I doubt that it "archs"
(my cat's back arches).     To, too, and two, chose one and most of the time it is the wrong one.  Same thing with there, they're, and thier. 

Of course it isn't just hams nor eHam.  I see the same thing on most forums and my e-mail
is smitten much of the time. 

Is it just carelessness or is the average person so unschooled that he doesn't know that he
has made a dozen mistakes in a post? 

I am past the age where I could do anything about the general level of education indicated
by this misuse of words and spelling even if I knew what to do.

Does this disturb you??

73 Allen
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KE3WD
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2011, 08:06:07 AM »

No. 

I am in control of my joy, not others.


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K1CJS
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2011, 08:45:00 AM »

Yeah, It disturbs me--but most of the time I just let it go by.  Schools today aren't what they were even ten years ago, never mind twenty or thirty.  (Or 40, in my case!)  Spelling isn't a subject taught anymore--it's more of a hit and miss subject.  In the same way, some people out there can't count well enough to make change--they've got to have a cash register tell them how much to give back!  This country has gone down the sh*tter--in more ways than just one.
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2011, 09:02:48 AM »

Proper spelling and grammar seems to be a lost art.  Perhaps this occurred when our public schools adopted phonetic spelling in the place of memorization.  I don't understand why some would not expect more of themselves, or at least use the "Spell Check" button!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2011, 09:04:45 AM »

Hoo-boy, this really hits home with me.  Not that I'm immune to spelling errors...

My pet peeve is the incorrect usages of there, their, and they're.  Drives me up the wall.

You figure with the perceived intelligence level of hams their spelling might be better.  Good luck.

Bill in Pasadena, NK6Q
Amateur Grammarian

By the way, Spell-check wouldn't be able to distinguish the correct usage of "their, there, and they're" anyway.  It's grammar.
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2011, 09:27:18 AM »

Yeah, It disturbs me--but most of the time I just let it go by.  Schools today aren't what they were even ten years ago, never mind twenty or thirty.  (Or 40, in my case!)  Spelling isn't a subject taught anymore--it's more of a hit and miss subject.  In the same way, some epople out there can't count well enough to make change--they've got to have a cash register tell them how much to give back!  This country has gone down the sh*tter--in more ways than just one.

Sorry but could help myself from pointing this one out  Wink  I make my share of typo's too Smiley

On topic, I really love the ones that have ALL CAPS, all lower case and/or no punctuation at all. I usually give up on those if they are over 2 lines long as they give me a headache to try and read. 

There is one guy on eHam (call withheld) that will use all lower case and puts his call at the end of each thought or paragraph (even though he doesn't start a new paragraph) and then starts another thought without any punctuation or new line. He then will repeat the process as if he was giving his call on a handover during a QSO on the radio.  Really a hoot to read. I wonder if he talks that way in person too.

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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2011, 09:33:41 AM »

Ever since the invention of the keyboard, people cant write anymore either. (-:

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2011, 10:41:47 AM »

Yes it bothers me, but it's way beyond just what you see on the net.  I see it everyday in correspondence from folks that should know how to spell, such as folks employed in the legal and medical fields.  Nevertheless, I credit this as one of the downsides to the computer age.  People do not have to go through the exercise of spelling correctly, when a spell check program is only a finger tip away. Use it or lose it, and we definitely are losing it as time goes along.

It's the same thing trying to get folks to calculate how much change to give from a cash purchase.  You will find nearly the same issue.  Last year I was at my local family owned hardware store purchasing a few nuts and bolts.  While in line, the cash register malfunctioned.  I thought the cashier was going to have a cow when the customer stated he was paying cash, and suggested that she manually calculate change for his purchase.  She couldn't perform this function in her head, she had to go somewhere in the store, and come back with a calculator before she could complete the transaction.

I suspect this trend will continue.

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G3RZP
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2011, 12:06:03 PM »

Please don't go off with the conclusion that this phenomena is confined to the US.

My problem is the typos that I miss - such as 'teh' for 'the'. I'm sure the old fashioned secretaries on their Remingtons were far better typists that most people today. They didn't keep hitting the a key instead of the S, for example.

But to really screw your spelling, use the European AZERTY keyboard rather than the QWERTY...

One I was taught at school many years ago is the differentiation between  'wether' and 'whether'...
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2011, 01:32:17 PM »

R u `sayin I can`t spel correctlie?....... Cheesy The problem is many don`t read enough at a young age. If they did it would make quite a difference. It really isn`t that difficult either. If it was calculus,that I would understand. It`s not exactly rocket science. I wouldn`t want to fill out a job application with poor grammar.
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2011, 02:14:28 PM »

Everyone should no reeding, wrighting, and rithmatick. You lurned it in skool  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2011, 03:40:01 PM »

Don't get me started on this subject.

And then there are the ones who seem to revel in their illiteracy ...
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2011, 04:28:59 PM »

Yeah, It disturbs me--but most of the time I just let it go by.  Schools today aren't what they were even ten years ago, never mind twenty or thirty.  (Or 40, in my case!)  Spelling isn't a subject taught anymore--it's more of a hit and miss subject.  In the same way, some epople out there can't count well enough to make change--they've got to have a cash register tell them how much to give back!  This country has gone down the sh*tter--in more ways than just one.

Sorry but could help myself from pointing this one out  Wink  I make my share of typo's too Smiley

On topic, I really love the ones that have ALL CAPS, all lower case and/or no punctuation at all. I usually give up on those if they are over 2 lines long as they give me a headache to try and read.  

There is one guy on eHam (call withheld) that will use all lower case and puts his call at the end of each thought or paragraph (even though he doesn't start a new paragraph) and then starts another thought without any punctuation or new line. He then will repeat the process as if he was giving his call on a handover during a QSO on the radio.  Really a hoot to read. I wonder if he talks that way in person too.

Gene

Yeah, I saw it when I came back to see the replies--before I saw your post.  I can laugh at myself too!   Grin

At least it WAS a typo.  All too often the incorrect spelling seen here--AND the grammatical errors--aren't typos.  It is really sad that the intelligence level has sunken so low.

Added--Another thing that really gets hard to follow is when people don't punctuate, don't punctuate correctly, or put their thoughts down in one rambling, run on sentence--or at least appears to be a sentence.  I pass those over just because reading them gives me a headache!
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2011, 04:37:55 PM »

Yes it bothers me, but it's way beyond just what you see on the net.  I see it everyday in correspondence from folks that should know how to spell, such as folks employed in the legal and medical fields....  

I've got one that is even worse--newspapers and newspaper/television news websites.  It makes one wonder if these companies employ proofreaders anymore--or if the budget just doesn't cover that position!
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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2011, 05:49:02 PM »

Can anyone spell the full chemical name of the protein Titin?  Smiley

http://www.sarahmcculloch.com/luminaryuprise/longest-word.php
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