The person who runs SFNE.com has a new rule that says if you spell more than three words wrong in your reply, you're banned for seven days. I believe there was also an emphasis on punctuation. Apparently, things had gotten that bad (although it's fairly typical of most other forum sites--name your subject matter). Most of the people who reply on this site are fairly good spellers, but there are some who make me wonder if they are still teaching English in school.
Perhaps a little harsh since no one is perfect, but I wouldn't have too much of a problem with it. I bet it will be a nightmare to enforce. Imagine how this would hurt the people who can't keep "break" and "brake" straight.
Actually, DawgByte, it's "anally retarded," with two l's. ;)
I'm an editor, so I spend my entire work day looking for misspellings, incorrect usage, etc. My biggest grammar pet peeves here are the aforementioned break/brake misuse, and adding apostrophes to pluralize words. Folks... just add an "s" or "es" to pluralize most words - NOT an apostrophe. That's only in special instances when adding "s" or "es" would be confusing, such as when you write that you got two A's on your report card. Without the apostrophe, it looks like "As." (Or like I did above with "two l's.")
It's a exercise in futility trying to enforce good grammar and spelling. You just have to get it into people's heads that when you type well-written e-mails, posts, etc., you come off as more intelligent sounding.
I'm sure that if a rule like that was implemented here, we would have a lot less discussion...hang on a minute while I get out my Spelling Ace and see if I spelled that sentence correctly...OOPS, I forgot the "e" at the end of minute...let me change that. Okay, where was I?...Oh yes, because there would be a lot less people. I believe we would miss out on a lot of really interesting...Wait-Did I spell that word right? Let me check...Yeppers!!! :) I did! Umm...Continuing, really interesting opinions and some of us who get banned every week would not be able to partticipate...Wait...I mean participate.
I can't spell as well as some others here on CB; It's common knoledge, I believe. CB HAS made me a much better speller, but I still slip sometimes. I feel it is wrong to laugh at others weaknesses, and even worse to deny them participation, like SFNE.com is doing.
As a person who is a horrible speller and was never taught grammer in school I think that is a little harsh.
It is fairly obvious to pick out those who use lingos and by design mispell their words constantly and those people who do should be punsihed. However for the stupid people like me who misspell and have bad grammer by accident as well as those of us prone to typos due to poor keyboarding skills should not be banned.
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The occasional lysdexia should be tolerated, but I can't stand all the AOL chat internet type.
Duz NE1 no whut 1m talkin @b0ut??????///!!!?111 *** Edited 3/15/2005 1:16:59 PM UTC by Greg***
Greg said: The occasional lysdexia should be tolerated, but I can't stand all the AOL chat internet type.
Exactly. When typing fast (especially for those of us who are doing this all on the sly at work) an occasional spelling mistake (and grammar) mistake will get in. Personally, even thought I can spell the words "and", "the" and "that", when typing fast they often come out as "nd", "hte" and "htat".
On the other hand...
n e 1 hoo rites like this shuld b banned rite away b cause this iz just hard 2 reed. Just sum budy trying 2 b fun e, layzee or iz just stoopid.