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Why da peeple on Instructabels have sucdh bad spelleng and grammer!!? Answered

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Hi,

I was just wondering why people on instructables have such bad spelling and grammar, as the title probably would have informed you of.

I'm from England and besides from the obvious difference in languages between Standard English and ,erhm, the so called "American English", people just seem to have appalling spelling.

By the way I was just spelling badly in the title to try and be ironic, but i guess my efforts were futile.
(If you don't know what any of the words mean, LOOK THEM UP).

Take a look at these pics i nicked off the Internet

P.S. Colour looks so much better spelt with a "u"
Spelt, yum yum.
If you don't get the above joke look the word"spelt" up on the Internet

P.P.S. Try and count, and point out the spelling and grammar mistakes I made on this topic.

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uglymike (author)2010-03-30

FYI...
Here's where you learn to spell sotp.

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Dipankar (author)2010-03-21

Because they are NUTS
& bolt people and not Nobel Laureates.

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mibz man (author)2010-03-16
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Arano (author)2010-03-13

try this out : learn a language by playing games in that language (i don't mean learning games) watch a movie once in a while in that language and through chats in that language... that was most of the way i learned english... and when you learned a new language that way tell me how long it took you...

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frollard (author)2010-03-02

It's all about simplifying: 

Quoted from somewhere, it's bounced around the interwebs forever:

Europe English

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five year phase-in plan that would be known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be ekspekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful, and they should go away.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru! And zen world!


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ChickenGrylls (author)2010-03-06
It's like selling a house or going for interview. If you don't fix the roof, pick up your pants and eliminate the dog smell the house wont sell, remember to put on your tie and clean your shoes or it's another barrier to getting the job.

I'd image that a very large number of posts on Instructables with bad grammar and spelling etc are probably from our friends who don't have English as their first language. There participation in this site is valuable... how many of us could submit posts to a Polish language instructables... or even a French or Spanish one? Some but not many, and how many of us who could would have the standards of grammar and spelling we have in English?

Unless you want me to subscribe to you or give you a patch or something it just doesn't matter about your spelling and grammar. It's only about meaning and communication as long as the meaning is clear it's ok. It's quite unusual to not instantly understand what was being said. 

I'm also tired of our British hackneyed "joke" that American's don't get irony...what a tiresome notion it's become.

I hope my little rant is peppered with spelling and grammar errors.

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zascecs (author)2010-03-01

 Most people that are using bad spelling/grammar are those that:

1. Type to fast and post comments right away,

2. Those that don't care to look over their comment to look for mistakes, or

3.Those that just don't know how to spell. Most people with this problem are probably younger people. 

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MichelMoermans (author)zascecs2010-03-01

4) the people who are not Americans and/or don't have English as their first language. We try people, we try...

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-chase- (author)2010-02-27

None of my bussiness really as i don't really look at typo's. or am not that freaked by them.

and perhaps that is the real deal here - you are miss interpreting Typo's with bad grammer.

Here try this if you think you can type so good as to never need the back button or delete key and see how good your "grammer" is.

That is why they invented white out - in the days of manual typing on a typewriter - for type-O's.

Also keep in mind not every browers has a spell check plug in.
mine doesn't.

anyhow - here the LINK - go test your "grammer" or Type-O's and post your results - words per minute versus number of type-o's.

Quote from Wiki - "An average professional typist reaches 50 to 70 wpm, while some positions can require 80 to 95 "

- they didn't say how many typo-s were average but i take it not many for a good secratary or word processor

other than that - don't sweat someone elses typo's... just worry about your own unless the grammer or type-os are so bad you can't read it... then they might not be able to read it either and will correct it if they can still edit the posting.

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kelseymh (author)-chase-2010-02-27

What you don't seem to realize is that professional typing speed is only measured for zero errors.  And you don't know how to spell grammar, either.

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-chase- (author)kelseymh2010-02-28

Ooopsy - i must of made a typo

- You go drama queens - yeah we know drama queens are all over the grammer - while the rest of us are tollerate of type-O's

- OOOps another type-o. btw - that's called "a take away".

The type-O speed for pros or other wise is usually measured as wpm versus type-O's - I took typing in junior high. At least that is how i was taught it was measured - you try to get the least amount of type-O's

now if you're afraid to test your grammer as you all put it  for fear of revieling your type-O's well that's another issue all together.

And this is not to say that some people do not have the best grammer - while typing or structuring a sentence from memory.

I think all the Drama about this or consern is an issue in itself - the true reason your so conserned about a simple type-O. or lack of puncutation.

or are those your true conserns...? Tell me Drama Queens - how did your mother treat you? any anger left from childhood? Hmmmmm...?

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Kiteman (author)-chase-2010-02-28

I think we can take comfort in the knowledge that google will never find your posts...

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-chase- (author)Kiteman2010-02-28

lol - don't you know - Google finds everything!

Besides - you still use google? Why not use the main search engine that all search engines use... ?

Now back to the real question: i notice you avoided the question relating to the anger you feel towards your mother....

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-02-23

     Could be because they don't know the correct spelling of certain words, and that is because they are not used to the language. Another reason is they're in a hurry so they make shortcuts with words, or they just didn't check spelling at all. 

I've pointed out at least 7 and at most 9 corrections (including title). 
Title's corrections:
-da (the)
-peeple (people)
-Instructabels (Instructables)
-sucdh (such)
-spelleng (spelling)
-grammer (grammar)
Detail paragraphs' corrections:
-"but i guess" (but I guess)
-"pics i nicked" (pictures I nicked)
-"PPS" (PS only, I guess)

By the way, we, here, use the American version of English.

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PPS is post, post script.

He also forgot a few periods.

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-chase- (author)absolute zero2010-02-28

Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh. As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long And eye can put the error rite Its rare lea ever wrong. Eye have run this poem threw it I am shore your pleased two no Its letter perfect awl the weigh My chequer tolled me sew.

That should keep any board control freaks busy  for a while...

I do have some C++ scripting you can check as well if you feel the need to put some real use to your "grammer" correction abilities.

or some Jscript or Python? Perl? take your pic i have it all.

Your welcom to go over it a bit - find the errors... or is this too much of an actual challenge?

here'sa little one for you grammer dramma queens to try:

// test.s
function out(s) {
WScript.Echo(s)
}

function sum(x,y) {
return x + y
}

v = 32.3
out(sum(v,1.2))
v = "hello dolly"
out(sum(v," you're so fine"))

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I didn't see that coming! *looks at sentences with no periods*

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Kiteman (author)2009-02-20

The bad spellers are in a minority (not counting the poor unfortunates who went through the American school system and were never correctly taught the use and placement of the letter u).

I take it as a good sign that bad spelling stands out from the crowd here. If you pick any random YouTube video and read the comments, it is the other way round - the use of correct spelling and punctuation leaps out at you.

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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2009-02-20

Also take note of those with dyslexia. I sometime write words thinking their correct, then thinking wtf, when i look back and they are so wrong...

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Kiteman (author)gmjhowe2009-02-20

...thinking their correct...

I see what you mean ;-)

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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2009-02-20

I didn't even see that. Forgetting uppercase on 'i's is another one.

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Goodhart (author)gmjhowe2009-02-24

their, they're, and there is probably one of the most commonly made mistakes in the spelling arena....as careful as I try to be with that one, knowing it is a problem, I still forget now and then....the spell checker doesn't catch it either ;-)

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gmjhowe (author)Goodhart2009-02-24

What worse, is the other day, I was thinking, I'm sure there is 3 variations of 'there'. But I could only think of the two...

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Goodhart (author)gmjhowe2009-02-24

Think of it this way (or something similar)

Over there, is where they're having a barbecue with their neighbors.

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gmjhowe (author)Goodhart2009-02-24

Im gonna stick with just guessing. Normally if i re-read something i spot it, and i do actually know the difference, but i often type the wrong one.

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Goodhart (author)gmjhowe2009-02-24

Well, the easiest one to remember HOW to spell but sometimes hardest to remember that it exists is the contraction of They Are to they're (at least it is for me).

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absolute zero (author)Goodhart2010-02-23

Contractions used to give me problems, so i quit using them. Now they will not bother me again, I think it sounds much more professional anyway.

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Goodhart (author)absolute zero2010-02-23

My biggest problem with contractions is  the:   it's its problem.    In most possessives  there's for instance we have the ' mark in front of the s

But, IIRC it is to be left out of possessive IT,  as in its own way.

But used in it is contractions as in  it's going to rain.  Or maybe I have that backwards......tis the one I can never remember.....

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hammer9876 (author)Goodhart2009-09-15

Over yonder is where they are having a barbecue with their neighbors. :-)

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Goodhart (author)hammer98762009-09-15

I was giving gmj a mnemonic to remember the specific spelling of there, their, they're

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KentsOkay (author)gmjhowe2009-02-24

I have the exact problem/...

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Goodhart (author)KentsOkay2009-02-25

I have a condition that will now be known as Typing Dyslexia (and sometimes exacerbated by Too Lazy to ReRead Syndrome). My biggest problem is with numbers though....in all seriousness...I can be super fast on the numeric keypad, but I tend to see the numbers in either a reversed or scrambled manner....and so I key in what I see, but that is not always what is there.....

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Rock Soldier (author)Kiteman2009-09-15

were never correctly taught the use and placement of the letter u
Yes Sir! We were taught the correct use and unplacement of the letter u.
(That was a joke.)

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Crathes (author)2010-02-22

I think (possibly) that not everyone exploring the internet is actually english or american.  The internet is called world wide web with good reason.

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2010-02-15

Hey,It's way better than youtube!

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Mr. Cowboy (author)2009-07-17

bcuz itz cool. Honestly i dont know why. I guess because different people are from different areas. For instance people from the ghetto use shortened words for substitutes and people like me use words like: aint for am not, and yonder for there

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Goodhart (author)Mr. Cowboy2009-07-17

yon-der (yndr)
adv.
In or at that indicated place: the house over yonder.
adj.
Being at an indicated distance, usually within sight:
Yonder hills, " he said, pointing.
pron.
One that is at an indicated place, usually within sight.
Middle English, from yond, yond; see yond.
Regional Note: The adverb yonder, from Old English geond, is not exclusively Southern but is more frequently used there than in any other region of the United States, and not only by older or uneducated speakers. Yonder is not merely a Southern synonym for there, which in the South tends to mean "only a few feet from the speaker." Yonder carries with it an inherent sense of distance farther than "there" and is used if the person or thing indicated can be seen: the shed over yonder. Or it might be nearby but completely out of sight, as in the next room.

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Goodhart (author)Mr. Cowboy2009-07-17

I hope I didn't iterate that too much. I don't like to offend people.

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Mr. Cowboy (author)Goodhart2009-07-17
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briackman (author)2009-07-17

i blame the fact that i slept through my english class most of the 7th grade school year and the fact that im american lol

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Goodhart (author)2009-07-17

If I get a chance over the weekend, I will do some poking around to see if there is any metadata lingering with the SOTP photo that would indicate it was altered. . .

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jessyratfink (author)2009-07-17

I like to blame most of this on the fact that children don't read as much as they did 10-15 years ago. They aren't seeing the proper spelling all the time, and they aren't seeing how to fit certain words into sentences. And considering most of the ibles population fits into that time frame, I'm sticking by that theory. :D I think that's the only reason I was the top of my class in English. I just read a lot as a child.

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Yeasayer (author)2009-02-23
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tahirhh (author)Yeasayer2009-02-24
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Yeasayer (author)tahirhh2009-02-24

Asphalt Black and School Bus Yellow.! MS Paint, Cut and Paste.

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