Author Topic: Is punctuation REALLY that difficult?  (Read 10539 times)

Offline RedFeather

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RE: Is punctuation REALLY that difficult?
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2009, 03:59:35 PM »

Were we all so considerate. For what it's worth, and that's about what you paid for it, there are several schpelling and grammatercle errors ("errata" for the "educated") in the post and subsequent replies. Oh, how DO we bear this?

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Oh, but I can't reply to THAT ABOMINATION! I'll just have to let it pass. What a sham! If only he had had a proper education.

Now, I will tell you that I have seen these same contortions of the English language on the Classifieds here as well as the Yellow's. I've also seen quite a bit of backwoods grammar in topic posts, as well, although I wouldn't point it out as that will definitely (have to use spell check on that word) hurt feelings. Let it go, people, let it go. (Is that one sentence or two?)  

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RE: Hey Daved !
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2009, 04:28:47 PM »
Don't think that was called for, Bill.  I don't remember mentioning your name in my post, or anyone elses for that matter.  This isn't an issue with the occasional misspelling or awkwardly worded phrase, or with the people that don't speak English as a native tongue.  Truth is, this is mostly about laziness, and the people that it applies to will know who they are.  Consistently poor spelling, no punctuation or paragraph breaks, texting short hand, all these things are inconsiderate and lazy IMO, especially in this age of built-in spelling and grammar checkers.  Why should it be up to ME to try and decipher what came out of YOUR head?  And what am I going to misinterpret because of a missing comma?  And believe me, it CAN make a difference, I had quite a run in with a Seattle electrical inspector once because of a comma.  If someone is so busy that they can't be bothered with the shift key and punctuation, why the hell are they wasting time posting on a forum?  Trying to convey meaning and emotion without words and faces is tough enough, why abandon the one thing that helps fill in some of the gaps?

And for those that are thinking I'm some kind of college boy elitist, think again.  I have no college degree, in fact, I don't even have a high school diploma.  I dropped out at 16, joined the Navy at 17, had to take a GED before Uncle Sam would let me in.  But I still managed to learn to communicate effectively, and I don't think it's too much to ask that others do the same.  Of course, maybe the sci fi writers already figure it out, and we're heading the direction of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" or Henry Kutner's "Marching Morons".  If so, I hope it holds off until after I'm out of here.  Later.


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RE: Hey Daved !
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2009, 04:33:31 PM »
Believe he was only poking fun. At least, that's how I read it.

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Re: Is punctuation REALLY that difficult?
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2009, 04:48:23 PM »
Punctuation can make all the difference in the world.
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RE: Hey Daved !
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2009, 05:35:08 PM »

Hey Dave,

I'm not picking on you ! But I have spent years deciphering Highly Educated peoples Notes, Letters and Memos. That were often purposely vague and sometimes misleading, just to limit their culpability.

The fellows here may be a little lazy, but most are trying to express themselves as best as they can. I know that I must re-read my posts twice, as I often hit the wrong key when typing, and sometimes skip words, as my typing can't keep up with my mind !

So I look at this with a different prospective.

What tweaks me is when someone asks for a value of a B.B. Gun, and doesn't even know who made it, and does not have a photo. Or tells you that your information is not any good ! So I do not respond to those members any more, and seldom try to help in the area of value of an air gun.


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Re: Is punctuation REALLY that difficult?
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2009, 05:36:25 PM »
I thought this forum is about air-guns, or is it airguns?  Maybe they are really pellet-guns, or is it pellet guns?
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