Stupid People Shouldn't Breeth  

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2116 posts
8/31/2005 8:22 am

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Stupid People Shouldn't Breeth

Was reading Daphne's recent post in [blog DaphneR] and was inspired to be surly; too bad it's not a choice in the mood field.

She was writing about how people can read misspelled words as long as the first and last letters match the proper spelling of the word, and as long as all the correct letters are used with no extra ones. For example, you should be able to raed tihs, uselsn yuo aer dlysxeic.

The depressing thing to me is how many English-primary members actually write like that.

All studies that look at factors relating to sexual practices, utility (econ-speak for "enjoyment" ) and frequency say that the more educated you are, the more sexually active and open you are (P= the roughly 300MM Americans).

Anecdotal evidence from AdultFriendFinder conflicts with these results. I've seen so many profiles and emails here that don't even have a single sentence that is error-free.

The most common trend I see on AdultFriendFinder is that everyone wants to be "discrete," but no one wants to spell it properly.

So, erudite reader, am I just being a prick here, or do you share my lexicographic discontent?

What are your favorite misspellings?

Today's soundtrack: "The Killer" - Jerry Lee!; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

your_gypsy 51F

8/31/2005 9:12 am

discrete is proper spelling, though more often used in medical terminology. i use it out of habit because medical language is my profession.

and for pete's sake, lighten the hell up <wink>

rm_dentmagnet9 60M

8/31/2005 9:23 am

My only comment to that is that this site is about sex not spelling and grammar. Just my opinion

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
8/31/2005 10:31 am

As I just commented in Daphne's blog, that study never happened. Cambridge University has even set up a webpage to explain it never happened and how it's become a popular meme.

Now, discreet and discrete are both words, with different meanings. Discreet means secret, hidden. Discrete means unconnected distinct parts. Either way, it means you're going to be hidden away completely.

But favorite misspellings... hmmm... Most drive me up the wall. One of the most common I keep seeing is wierd instead of weird. That entire I before E rule throws them off and causes them to misspell it. The entire your and you're thing gets me, as does there, their and they're. OK, typing too fast, we all have to go back and change this every once in a while.

Something that gets me is one that has permeated society and even those who should know better are doing it. Plurals that refer to an era. Instead of the 80s, people type the 80's. No, it's not a contraction and it's not a possessive noun. It is a plural and you don't use an apostrophe in a plural. But speaking of possessives, as far as adjectives go. Its and it's. Its being the neuter of his or hers and it's being a contraction of it is or it has. But I'm about to start ranting, so I will stop.

But I did remember one that I do enjoy. A friend of mine works for a cafe in the East Village on weekends. The person who did the menus didn't have a very good grasp of the English language. Misspellings abound, buy my favorite is, instead of chai tea, the menu says chive tea. People do come in and ask about the chive tea all the time.

hourglasses 47F

8/31/2005 2:08 pm

I have a hard time being attracted to anyone who can't make a simple sentence at least. My favorite recent misspelling is this guy who keeps writing to me who begins his emails with 'hellow'.

I have this real life friend who doesn't just misspell, she uses the wrong words entirely. My favorite one was the 'infamous loop' instead of 'infinite loop'.

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
8/31/2005 3:22 pm

I'm not trying to be Bill Buckley, I'm simply making an observation, and there is humor in there if you look closely. Read some of my other posts and you'll see there's no real need for me to lighten up. (Or is there?)

I'm familiar with the medical and the mathematical usage of "discrete;" in a broad sense, I get paid to apply math to healthcare. However, I have not yet seen it used in these ways on AdultFriendFinder.

MissAnn - yah, I agree with you on all your points. Eighth grade English... coming... back... now... either, neither, weird, species, seize, leisure.... The exceptions to the "I before E" rule.

I once got a bunch of hate mail for correcting a misspelled contraction on a web site celebrating Southern culture (unfortunately it wasn't on the skids). I explained why the redundant pronoun "Y'all", which isn't proper English to begin with, is NOT spelled "Ya'll". I also waxed unapologetically as to why the only people who use this word freely NEVER spell it right.

Finally, MissAnn, is this cafe you speak of the Yaffa?

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
8/31/2005 3:27 pm

OMG! Hourglasses! Did you see the movie, "Kissing Jessica Stein"? There's this scene in which they're showing her bad dates, and one guy is just like your friend. I can't remember all of what he says, but one of them is that he says he has a "self-defecating" SOH.

rm_abebb 58M
56 posts
8/31/2005 3:55 pm

can't handle it huh! typical of your kind.

rm_cele2flowers 42F
75 posts
8/31/2005 5:43 pm

Misspellings, improper word usage, bad grammer, poor punctuation-- it all drives me up the wall. And much to the dismay of many of the men on this site, they and their profile are often passed by due to these rampant mistakes.

hourglasses 47F

9/1/2005 5:01 am

VoodooGuru1 - I'm sure they told you its because it is short for you all. I'm not making this up - my mother used to slap me for using southern speak (and we lived in Arkansas). Maybe she did me a favor, I don't know.

And I keep forgetting to mention, I'm impressed that there's someone else who's heard of Southern Culture on the Skids.

madkitten 53F
291 posts
9/1/2005 7:55 am

Have you read the book, "Eat, Shoots & Leaves" all about incorrect punctuation and how often it is used. I can have days when Im hopless at spelling and punctuation, tend to type faster than I can read which doesnt help, and there are words I can type that I cant spell.

rm_DocSpiky 40M
18 posts
9/1/2005 2:42 pm

The single most annoying one I see a lot of lately is "loose" instead of "lose" - not sure why that one pisses me off so much.

I always was a hipocritical pedant. Heh heh...

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
9/1/2005 4:32 pm

abebb - What the fuck are you talking about? (And switch that exclamation point for a question mark.)

Frnds4Play - It's the former.

hourglasses - YEAH! She slapped the South right outta ya! HWA, Hillbillies With Attitude! "Straight Outta the Ozarks!"

madkitten - Yah, an XGF gave it to me last summer.

DocSpiky - I get it; good one, indeed.

KhaosKitty 42F
123 posts
9/2/2005 9:35 am

I am perfectly aware of the fact that I misspell on occasion. (That's one of my bad words, btw. ) On the other hand, I generally check over my work and catch 95% of them before posting.

Words are an art form like any other. One expects some variation in usage and visualization, but we can all tell the good from the bad if we really look...

Oh, and Frnds4Play, "Stan and me" would be slightly more correct. Figure out whether you would use "I" or "me" in the sentence alone and always place yourself last.

watchmesquirm 45F  
99 posts
9/9/2005 12:59 pm

Can I get a halleluja?!? I fully realize there is a difference between being educated and intelligent. I know many educated people who are complete morons. I know many more people who are highly intelligent, but have no formal education beyond highschool.

I will continue on by saying that I was a language major in college and tend to border on the obsessive, but come on! To, too and two. There is a difference! Their, there and they're? And here is one that is an immediate turn off (imagine a guy's introduction): Looking for a women who is attractive, fun, blah, blah, blah.... Okay- let's take a second look. You are looking for A (singular) women (plural)?

Here (kidding) me out on this... It is one thing to screw up while blogging, most people write like they talk and in blogging there is no spell check. But I find it intolerable for a person's profile to be riddled with poor grammar and spelling. In my opinion (the one that matters of course! ) it shows a lack of pride, absence of attention to detail, and the ultimate promise of an extremely uninspiring conversation. This is someone who wants to attract the attention of another? Just my two cents.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
9/11/2005 11:43 pm

Oh, lord... where do I begin? by posting the fact that I'm a translator and correct spelling and grammar are my livelihood?

I think I can cut the list down to the incorrect use of homophones and contractions... the your/you're, their/there/they're, and its/it's mixups.*gag*; the substitution of l3tt3r5 4 w0rd5 4nd numb3r5, 2! *retch*; and DA MORONS WHO RITE IN ALL CAPS!!!! AND ABUSE EXCLAMASHON MARX!!!!!! *dry heave*

Would someone please get me something for my upset stomach? *groan*

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
9/13/2005 3:48 am

PK - agree 100%; their/there/they're - my 5th grade nephew gets it - why can't a HS grad?

The numb3r thing? I just don't get it. Seems to be something the kids like to do, and seems to make me want to do the kinds of things I saw in se7en to them... something poetic like turning the amount field on their Gap paychecks to "tw0 h0ndr3d & 81ghty 0n3 d011ars" so it will never cash.

And all caps? I leave. Immediately. I don't read a word, I have no tolerance for that at all.

You translate for the gov?

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