Illiteracy and stupidity  

jrb6955 58M
154 posts
1/8/2006 10:54 pm

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Illiteracy and stupidity

As noted in previous blogs, I have been enjoying the magazine section of the site lately, particularly the advice lines. Unlike the profile creator and blog creator, the advice lines and comment posting creator for the magazine section do not have spell checkers. I have been amazed at the large number of postings with misspelled words, incorrect punctuation and just plain bad grammar (the majority of the postings are usually well written, particularly among the regulars). While some errors are clearly the result of typing errors (I confess being guilty of such errors myself), most evidence a lack of education, intelligence or care. There have some postings that have been completely unintelligible due to the spelling, punctuation and grammar errors. Such spelling and grammar errors seem to cross all boundaries of age, sex, race, geographic location, etc. Thus, it does not appear to be attributable to a possible decline in our public education system. I am hoping it is the result of simple carelessness, but it does give me cause for concern. Of course, I place a high value education and literacy. So this may bother me more than it bother others. Then again, going by the responses some of the regulars have posted, particularly to the "stupid" questions, it appears that there are others who are troubled by this phenomena. The "stupid" questions are those which are either obvious, contain many of the errors noted above, are incoherent, are inane or any combination of the foregoing. Many of these are the result of a member trying to post the maximum 5 questions for earning points. However, while that may account for a question being inane, silly, obvious or repetitive, it does not excuse the poorly written, unintelligible or error ridden postings.

I realize that I am ranting a bit. I also recognize that not everyone has had the benefit of the education I have had (I hope this last comment does not sound like bragging, as that is not how it is intended). I just felt that my blog was a better forum for venting a pet peeve, than being overtly rude to someone on the advice lines (again, I must confess to the occasional sarcastic comment about spelling errors and unintelligible questions). Good night all.

CelticKarma 43F
1350 posts
1/8/2006 11:41 pm

Kat, you write better than most of the bloggers on this site because you care about it. Most people don't take the time and effort to make sure they're understood.

jrb, anyone can have a good education without attending Ivy League schools (no offense intended or taken ). I don't have a BA, even, but with reading since I was 3-1/2, 16 years of translation experience, and quite a bit of traveling, I believe I have the life experience equivalent of a graduate degree (gee... I hope nobody takes it as bragging... I just feel that way).

I wholeheartedly agree on making sarcastic comments where warranted, and that uncalled-for rudeness is unacceptable. It's just a shame so many people don't think that way.

twostrokehotty2 54
28 posts
1/8/2006 11:54 pm

I believe you may have forgotten the difference between stupidity and ignorance. There is no crime for being ignorant, except for stepping off of your own property nude and expecting not to be arrested! Your reference to your education leads me to believe that you may want to rethink your opinion that this is a phenomenon.

screwmeovernout 59M

1/9/2006 12:42 am

Thank you professor for the lesson in grammary. <( not a word) I lick bein a mispeller. Its ma forte. In the future can I refer to you to spill some words fer me. Good morning, Mr. Bill

sassybelle21 32F
13313 posts
1/9/2006 2:25 am

Well I guess that is why I quit going to the Advice Lines section. Besides, I am already sick of the cock size and shaved or unshaved questions. Those are purely dumb and redundant Anyway, my English isn't all that good but I try to do my best. Typos will happen when I am sleepy or half awake. Grammar mistakes will occur because I am not an English linguist.

jrb6955 58M

1/9/2006 6:25 am

Thank you for your comments. I view my blog as a personal journal, a place where I can make observations and comments on life. I agree that a lot of the things I commented on in this posting are the result of these matters not being important to most people when posting comments and questions. After all, the focus is on the content, not the spelling, punctuation or grammar. Most of the time, I do not care as long as I can understand what the person is trying to say. I see minor erors on a daily basis through my work. Even when one proof reads their work, they can miss such errors. I certainly do not expect people here to proof read what they write. Last night, I had been reflecting back on some of the more egregious errors I had observed over the past several weeks and felt the urge to comment on the issue as the quality of primary education in this country is a concern of mine. Using the word "illiteracy" may have been too strong a word to have used, for which I apologize to those it offended. The use of the word "stupidity" was intended to refer to the posting of silly questions for the sole purpose of earning points, not the instances of spelling and grammar errors.

hotwhereitscold 68F

1/16/2006 7:21 am

I just reviewed this blog, and I too, like you, get annoyed with mis-spellings, as well as poor grammer. All I can visualize is some kind of cave man saying "you mine, bend over"...if that much. Probably there would be more grunting than conversation. I do tend to stay away from those, if only not to mess with my head on a perfectly wonderful day. You go - expect the best, don't settle for less. In Northern Maine - hothwereitscold

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