Grammar police

posted 3 years ago in Weddingbee
  • poll: how important is grammar to you on the internet?
    it is my life : (22 votes)
    9 %
    if you can not communicate properly, then do not do it ever : (147 votes)
    62 %
    i dont give a hoot : (59 votes)
    25 %
    It only matters when I am trying to pick a fight : (8 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3200 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @beemo:  YES!  A thousand times yes.  90% of the time I post on this site I am using my cell.  I just want to get my point across instead of submitting an essay to my professor for a grade.  It is so annoying!

    Post # 4
    Member
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Lol you definitely made your point with all the typos in your post 😉

    I do notice that if the OP has terrible grammar it is used against them quite often.

    I am one of those people who nitpick grammar. I have an English degree. That’s just the way I am. I don’t always point it out, but sometimes I do!

    I am fine with the occasional typo or spelling mistake (we all do it), but I’m also in the camp that if you’re going to use the written word to argue, your point is weakened when it looks sloppy.

    Post # 5
    Member
    10495 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    There are some posts where it’s difficult to understand what the poster is saying due to the lack of grammar.

    I think a certain degree of effort is the courteous thing to do, but I don’t proof read every post of mine, and I don’t expect others to do so.

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    2232 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @beemo:  I agree!! I think people with dissenting opinions of others will low blow on their grammar/spelling/punctuation. I don’t care if someone misspells you’re and your. I’m not here to judge her spelling prowess. I just care if they can communicate enough to get her point across. Now if the message is a bunch of gobble-degook, then yes I have a problem. But most of the time, I could not care less about little spelling errors and I think that the people who do take it super serious need to place their focus elsewhere

    Just my $0.02.

    Post # 7
    Member
    8282 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    People need to chill sometimes. We’re not being graded! (or so we thought)

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    4601 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I really don’t care that much. Everyone is going to make a mistake. Typos happen. I just have an issue when people don’t even try to type like an educated person. All the text lingo (not ‘lol’  because I use that) and shortened words (like ‘b4’ instead of ‘before’) drive me nuts. There are people that I don’t like to text because that’s all they use. It’s lame, I know, but it annoys me.  

    With that said, I don’t say anything to anyone about it. It’s not my job to correct every single person who spells something wrong on the internet. Even if I can’t read your post because of the text lingo and lack of punctuation, I’m not going to make a comment about it. 

     

    Post # 9
    Member
    1817 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I try not to judge people who have poor grammar.

    I have an English degree and am working toward my teaching credential, so that I can teach HS English. I do value having a strong grasp on the mechanics of English, but at the same time I understand that not everyone has had the same education/ opportunities/ privilege that I have had. So to judge someone on how well they spell comes across as rather superficial to me.

    Interesting article about this topic for anyone who might be interested: http://paintingthegreyarea.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/literacy-privilege/

    Post # 10
    Member
    844 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I just think that we’re all adults, and pretty much all of us are ABLE to write in full and coherent sentences. Honest mistakes aside, it does frustrate me when someone does not even try to write in a way that we can understand. I, like everyone else, make mistakes all the time, but it takes no effort whatsoever to just make your text coherent, you know? Just seems lazy to me when there’s no excuse.

    Post # 11
    Member
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Ya, I’m a member of the Society of People Who Think Words Mean Something. Grammar and spelling ARE important, especially in a forum where these things are our only means of communication.

    Some errors are natural and unavoidable, even the nitpickyist of nitpickers is bound to make mistakes. But if you can’t be bothered with basics like “you’re” vs “your”, etc., or you get all huffy when somebody politely points out your error, I honestly think you are either stupid or uneducated. 

    It’s also rude. It’s the online equivalent of talking with your mouth full of food. When I read posts with poor grammar/punctuation/shitty English, I can almost feel the spittle, little masticated globs of food flying out at me across the Internet.

    Post # 12
    Member
    500 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I’m an English teacher and though I DO notice the improper use and all that jazz, I very rarely ever point it out. I think it’s silly and just a way for the poster to try and look superior. Also, I know if I use WeddingBee on my phone, my autocorrect goes positively bananas and tries to turn every word I type into something totally different. 

    So basically, I don’t give a hoot. If I can’t understand what you’re trying to convey to your audience, I just click the X and go about my business. 

    Post # 13
    Member
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I am a closet grammar policewoman. I notice mistakes and admit I make them too, but I would never call out a stranger on the Internet about it.  If you want to criticize someone on their grammar you should become an English tutor instead of wasting time on the Bee! 

    Post # 15
    Member
    5199 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Typos don’t bother me – and I am SO guilty of typos and poor spelling!

    But some people have so many mistakes, or such poor sentance construction that it’s difficult to understand them.  Honestly, it’s hard to take someone seriously if they can’t communicate decently.  It makes them seem really dumb.   

    Post # 16
    Member
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I’d only call someone out if they have several typos in every sentence and do not follow basic rules. In that case it’s likely I cannot decipher what the poster was trying to say. 

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