Spelling and punctuation

 
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

it's calle the shift key
"Ron_D"


It's what now?
"TA3015"
That's only a typing error.

Okay fixed.

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  edison Chief Commissioner

Speaking of acronyms, this one came up in, naturally, a biology lesson:

Q: What does DNA stand for?

A: Have a go at working it out, then open the next post
  edison Chief Commissioner

Re:  DNA acronym


A:  National Dyslexic Association
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

A:  National Dyslexic Association
"edison"

Formerly Dyslexics Untied
  TA3015 Chief Commissioner

Location: Anywhere Nathan Van Berlo is!!
I got another, and I'm not sifting through 20-odd pages of posts to find if it's been done...


Stemming from a thread in SA, "thort" in place of "thought" is most annoying! It's not that effing hard to do it, in the end it comes down to laziness. I do, occasionally abbreviate when appropriate, bt nt evry wrd, othawise itd b  Evil or Very Mad
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
I don't think the kid knows how to spell it
  TA3015 Chief Commissioner

Location: Anywhere Nathan Van Berlo is!!
I don't think the kid knows how to spell it
"ARG706"


If you are not sure, there is a spell check function, or, as I have done sometimes, cut and paste into word.
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

Stemming from a thread in SA, "thort" in place of "thought" is most annoying! It's not that effing hard to do it, in the end it comes down to laziness. I do, occasionally abbreviate when appropriate, bt nt evry wrd, othawise itd b  Evil or Very Mad
"TA3015"

A few people spell thought as "thort"

TA3015, u cn ushualy tel if its abreeveathion or ppel who dnt now how 2 spel.

I don't mind longer words being spelt incorrectly, but simpe three or four letter words.

We should be blaming the do-gooder groups for allowing students to finish school without knowing how to spell & for not allowing students to fail, just in case they upset them!
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

I have also seen a number of people type these words "dose", "whould". "nt"

EG:
"when dose loco 1709 start its steam trials?"

The words are "does", "would".

I think "nt" means "not".
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
I'm amazed at the dismal spelling on these pages by supposed university students.  It's not the odd common misspelling - I know I'm not perfect - there's a few I have to think about.  However, some are so basic that I can't believe they didn't have to repeat Year 6 until they could spell.
I guess the problem with having teachers checking spelling these days is that a lot of them can't spell anyway.
When you can't comprehend what the writer is saying it has really gone far enough.  Some commentators around here (well NSW forum) are nigh impossible to understand sometimes.  The woman who wrote "Eats Shoots and Leaves" calls this "unreasonable transfer of effort".  It's all well and good for you to bang of an email in 10 seconds without thinking but if it takes two people half an hour to understand it then you have merely redistributed the effort.

I know we won't offend anyone on this thread as the perpetrators would never read this!!

PS I have trouble spelling misspell!
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
A misspelling that seems to be through ignorance that I've noticed a lot on another site, but also seen here, is intergrated (instead of integrated, for those that don't know).
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
from an SA thread

well i belive not so many peolple would complain if the subisute buses were more eficent. especaliy the mini bus, after weeks of chachting that bus i have found that it is quicker walking to beckham street from goodwood



Ludicrous Rolling Eyes. I hope this isn't the standard of our prime minister in 20 years time.
  Tom Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Adelaide
Ok that last one was done by me - In my defence I would just like to say that my spelling is getting better i know that im not very good at spelling 3 years ago i had some expert say i had some learning difficulty that made me spell bad and ive been working really hard to correct it, So dont worrie by the time im Prime minster i wont have tis problem - note the spell check often dosnt work on this site.
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

I don't normally point out individual errors, well certainly not ones made in posts here, but when they are part of the RP site itself, they need to be fixed.  To this end, I need to point out one that exists on a page we are all seeing more and more - the server overload page.

There is a bit of a plug for the donations link on there, which goes something along the lines of: "if you would like to see less of these error messages, please donate... yadda yadda".

If you want to see less of the error messages, I would suggest  sticking a bit of paper over part of the screen.   If, as I think is the case, they are asking if you would like a reduced number of error messages, then the word is FEWER, not less.   "If you would like to see fewer error messages..."  - lovely.

'Less' relates to uncountable things, and 'fewer' relates to the countable.  

Less money - fewer dollars.
Less beer - fewer bottles.
Less downtime - fewer error messages.
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
If, as I think is the case, they are asking if you would like a reduced number of error messages, then the word is FEWER, not less.   "If you would like to see fewer error messages..."  - lovely.

'Less' relates to uncountable things, and 'fewer' relates to the countable.
"TheLoadedDog™"

That's my understanding too, and the wording has annoyed me, although I didn't say anything as this mistake is so common that I doubt many people are even aware that it exists, and I suspected that I'd be howled down.
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

If, as I think is the case, they are asking if you would like a reduced number of error messages, then the word is FEWER, not less.   "If you would like to see fewer error messages..."  - lovely.

'Less' relates to uncountable things, and 'fewer' relates to the countable.
"TheLoadedDog™"

That's my understanding too, and the wording has annoyed me, although I didn't say anything as this mistake is so common that I doubt many people are even aware that it exists, and I suspected that I'd be howled down.
"John of Melbourne"
I prefer to use "less", not "fewer", as it is shorter & sounds better.

mi beef is the waye peopel spel simpel words not grammer exspeshially after 1 has left sckool 2 me mor peepel need to repeet years at sckool

Plain English: My beef is with the way people spell simple words, not about grammar, especially after one has left school. To me, more people need to repeat years at school.

Trouble is, it seems students aren't allowed to repeat years anymore.
____________________________

Iv also passed to the next stage!

It took 4 hours, did the 3 exams(weren't too hard). After the first exam they culled over 50% of the applicants. In the end, out of 60 people in my session only about 15-20 passed to the next stage.

i get a letter or a call this/ next week. to find out if i goto the collage of knowlige (petersham)

i also think my only downfall will be the references
With spelling & punctuation like that, I would have failed him & to possibly repeat a year.

I'm not trying to be offensive, but sometimes you have to be tough to be kind, so students can learn by their mistakes.

So once again, because you're not allowed to fail students anymore, the education has slipped to a very, very, very low level.

You wouldn't pass a driver who failed his/her driving exam.
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Doing an 'English' class at high school, or a Yr 7 to 12 college also includes a grounding in grammar and syntax one would expect. I am a little bit of a grammar fan, and anm continually shocked by the way kids these days can't seem to string 2 written, or indeed spoken, words together without some form of grammar or syntax error. Examples that I hear continually through Booking Office work are, 'How ya' going?', 'Me and me mate...', I wuz just wonderin' if.....',
AND the worst case of english that I get the annoyance of hearing ever so occasionally which irks the **** out of me is, 'Wassup?'

The school system, as noted in the previous post, is churning out kids who really have no idea how to write, and construct things such as essays and letters.

Why put kids through 10 to 12 years of various forms of English classes when it is obvious that they aren't learning even how to write or speak grammaticaly correct English?
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

I am a little bit of a grammar fan, and anm continually
"xxxxlbear"
I  take it the highlighted word was a typing error.

The school system, as noted in the previous post, is churning out kids who really have no idea how to write, and construct things such as essays and letters.

Why put kids through 10 to 12 years of various forms of English classes when it is obvious that they aren't learning even how to write or speak grammaticaly correct English?
"4xlbear"
First, should I tell 4XLB about the mistake he hasn't found yet? Large words I can understand spelling mistakes, but NOT small words, like spelling the words "would & sure", where he spells them "whould" & "shure". I note he hasn't found the shift key yet, for capitals.

By the way, this thread is not aimed at those where spelling may be a problem, due to either a medical condition, or left school too early, just those where the education system let them down.

Students are not going to learn by their mistakes, unless they are allowed to fail or repeat a year, where required.
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
[quote="Ron_D"]

So once again, because [b]your[b] not allowed to fail students anymore, the education has slipped to a very, very, very low level.

[/quote]

Because what??
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner



So once again, because your not allowed to fail students anymore, the education has slipped to a very, very, very low level.

"Ron_D"


Because what??
"ARG706"
That was only a typing error, not a spelling mistake! I didn't notice until now. Besides, ARG706, we are only talking about people who make mistake after mistake, not the occasional mistake or typo.

Okay fixed.

PS: ARG706, you had to notice that very small error, didn't you?

(Looks very care-full-a-lee) to make sure I haven't made any accidental mistakes!)
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
If, as I think is the case, they are asking if you would like a reduced number of error messages, then the word is FEWER, not less.   "If you would like to see fewer error messages..."  - lovely.

'Less' relates to uncountable things, and 'fewer' relates to the countable.
"TheLoadedDog™"

That's my understanding too, and the wording has annoyed me, although I didn't say anything as this mistake is so common that I doubt many people are even aware that it exists, and I suspected that I'd be howled down.
"John of Melbourne"
I prefer to use "less", not "fewer", as it is shorter & sounds better.
"Ron_D"

It sounds better only because that it what you are used to.  "Less" used when "fewer" should be used grates with me.
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

Agreed.

It's like saying we should replace the word 'antidisestablishmentarianism' with the word 'bob'.  Might be shorter, but that doesn't make it right.  "Fewer" is a whole five letters. Two syllables.  Ain't gonna kill ya.
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

Punctuation
May I ask people not forget the punctuation (& capitals for that matter) please!

EG: Sample of a post
on monday night about 730pm i saw i think its the 86 class dont quote me trains the ones that are diesel and electric at nth sydney ( the trains that are on the eveliegh side when you approach redfern ) and they were hauling 3 silver carriages does any one know what they are and where they go
It becomes too hard to follow, without any punctuation.

With no punctuation, it could change the whole meaning, see the bottom of the first post in this thread.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Punctuation
May I ask people not forget the punctuation (& capitals for that matter) please!

EG: Sample of a post
on monday night about 730pm i saw i think its the 86 class dont quote me trains the ones that are diesel and electric at nth sydney ( the trains that are on the eveliegh side when you approach redfern ) and they were hauling 3 silver carriages does any one know what they are and where they go
It becomes too hard to follow, without any punctuation.

With no punctuation, it could change the whole meaning, see the bottom of the first post in this thread.
"Ron_D"


Perhaps punctuationphobes could spell out the punctuation. Thus:

capital on monday night comma about 7 colon 30 pm comma capital i saw capital think it apostrophe s the 86 class at capital nth capital sydney full stop
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
From a thread a couple of forums above.

Do you mean to say the GLs are worser then 442s?


Erm...... I wish people would reread their posts before posting Rolling Eyes

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