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I had a good education when I was younger but when you get to my age, 71, you don't take things as seriously as some people do. I don't have time to sweat the small stuff as I am having fun doing what I want to do and not worrying about being correct all the time.
In my professional life, it's definitely a pet peeve of mine. On a public forum, I don't have an issue with it. It just provides me with a general overview of where our nation is placed regarding how our public schools are covering the basics.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
I used to spell fairly well and be able to use grammar and punctuation decently.
Never pick a fight with an old man...If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you - John Steinbeck
Come to Colorado...the governor is loopy
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Really I only consider it a problem if someone has no sense of how to make a sentence or paragraph readable. When you have a massive wall of text that's not divided by subject and has no coherent train of thought, or that lacks enough correct spelling and grammar to easily figure out the meaning, I skip the post.
Note to self: The only way to win is not to play.
The only thing I get kind of annoyed with is text message speech (when you have a full keyboard) and incoherent posts (up to and including not even a period or capital letter at the start of a new sentence to where you have to guess where old thoughts end and the new begin).
I also get really annoyed with rambling walls of text with no paragraph breaks. If it's too bad I'll actually edit a post and put breaks into it just so I can read it.
That being said, I'm no English prof and I make plenty of mistakes. Just about the time I started getting on someone's back for this or that someone else will go behind me and highlight all of the places where I have made grammatical errors.
I do try my best, however, and find it incredibly lazy when someone can't even put a . at the end of a sentence, capitalize a proper noun or the first letter of a sentence, hit the "enter" button to start a new paragraph or spell out "you" (vs "u"). Those seem to be minimal steps anyone can take without having to borrow a grammar book from the library.
I'm afraid to post anything in this thread.
"Just blame Sixto"
"To believe that social reforms can eradicate evil altogether is to forget that evil is a protean creature, forever assuming a new shape when deprived of an old one." - SAT
Never argue with an idiot - they'll bring you down to their level then beat you with experience.
I am going to chime in here. There are those of us how have difficulties with writing, whether it be a learning disability or a brain injury. When we write anything it usually takes a lot of time and energy to even to attempt to post. Yes there are time that the way it turns out may not be correct but at least we try.
Some people have a way with words, some people not have way!
"Let not your heart be troubled." John 14:1
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When I was working, one of my security officers turned in an incident report. it was typewritten (computer) single-spaced, about 8 1/2" X 11". There were TWO periods and I think one of them was an error! Too many grammatical and spelling errors to mention.