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09-08-2006 05:57 PM  14 years ago
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TroyC

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American spelling
Do Americans really spell "through" as "threw" and "though" as "tho"?
I know loads of people can´t spell (inklooodinng myself) but I´m wondering how much of it is intentional.
Are there any other examples where the English language has been "mutalised"?
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09-08-2006 06:30 PM  14 years ago
Rafael23cc

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Not as an insult to anybody, but after living in this country for 10 years I can honestly say that some americans cannot spell their own language.

I have seen "there" instead of "their", "your" instead of "you're" and a few more that do not come to mind. Some of them _could_ be intentional, but i bet most of them are not. And I am tend to think that a computer spell checker could be the blame. Ignorance cannot be ruled out either.

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09-08-2006 06:57 PM  14 years ago
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And I am tend to think that a computer spell checker could be the blame. Ignorance cannot be ruled out either.
I think it is a combination of that, laziness, and the rise of the internet chat room. But you are correct, most people dont put that much thought or effort into it. I for one, am guilty of it on occasion.
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09-08-2006 07:00 PM  14 years ago
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i rilly dunno vat youre prablem iz
i sink peuple no haw too spall
No honey I got that used.... MAAC#73745
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09-08-2006 07:00 PM  14 years ago
TroyC

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Okay, on occasion. But there are words being used that are nearly allways spellt incorrectly.
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09-08-2006 07:05 PM  14 years ago
Rafael23cc

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Thinking a little more about this subject, there are a lot of celebrities that become people's idols and examples that are not well educated either.

Big example is when somebody on TV or radio says: "me and my buddies" instead of "my buddies and I"

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09-08-2006 07:10 PM  14 years ago
TroyC

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Grammar is a different kettle of fish. That´s bad across the globe.
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09-08-2006 07:23 PM  14 years ago
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Certainly there are many people who have difficulty spelling, and there is a general tendency to ignore the basics of spelling and grammar.

Just this week the CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation included this little tidbit in his call for donations to the United Way:
Relative to last year, 2006 has been -- thankfully -- less uneventful.
Obviously someone didn't check that statement over too carefully.

To make matters worse, "net lingo" has produced a raft of incorrect uses of the written language that have become commonplace. Spelling and grammar checkers are partly to blame because those who use them may assume the software will catch all of their mistakes.

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09-08-2006 07:33 PM  14 years ago
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Not as an insult to anybody, but after living in this country for 10 years I can honestly say that some americans cannot spell their own language.
Hay!! Scrooo yoooo d00d!!!

BTW... You forgot to capitalize the "A" in Americans. Just FYI.
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09-08-2006 07:45 PM  14 years ago
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Not as an insult to anybody, but after living in this country for 10 years I can honestly say that some americans cannot spell their own language.
And people who come here need to respect the place. I'm an American living in America.
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09-08-2006 07:46 PM  14 years ago
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i'm guilty of throwing out a 'tho' every once in a while. and, i particularly don't use capitalization 'cause i'm just plain lazy.

but, using the wrong word (too for to or two; there for their or they're; etc) is just irritating. you have to go back and reread the sentence to make any cents, er....since, er...sense of it. i can actually read sms-speak pretty well (i like 2 fly--do u?)...its---er, it's just that when someone is pretending to type a proper sentence and there----er they're using the wrong word it makes for unclear communication.

and, heaven forbid you say something. the retard that can't string to--er...two words together gets all defensive on ya. piss on 'em then. you want help, ask for it properly, i say :P
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09-08-2006 07:47 PM  14 years ago
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"I could care less" is something that seems to have become established even though it's horrible. People seem to just cut off -n't despite the fact that it then means quite the opposite of what they intended. There/their/they're is obvoiously a bad one. I think a lot of these come from IM-ing where your fingers seem to auto-pilot type what you're 'speaking' rather it being a case of you thinking about what you're writing. Lots of typo's are muscle-programmed for me now, I make them when I type, but I spell them correctly when I'm hand-writing.

"Should of" and "would of" are things that I just can't help myself from pointing out to someone. I thought I was an easy-going kinda guy but it's just an involutary reaction to correct it!
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09-08-2006 08:05 PM  14 years ago
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How we write and how we speak reveal quite a lot more about ourselves than most people realize. I'd consider it an insult to all the folks who saw to it that I got a good education were I to be careless with how I write or speak. I'm thankful every day that so many saw to it that these skills were refined.

Communication is everything. The two most important things in life (after food and shelter of course) are 1 understanding and 2 being understood. Give a thought for a moment to all the 'difficulties' being endured around our planet that are directly connected to a lack of understanding or of being understood.
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09-08-2006 08:12 PM  14 years ago
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Let me make some things straight here, I'm not an inmigrant, I respect this country enough to have served in the Armed Forces for 10 years. Specially during Operation Iraqi Freedom and during SFOR in Bosnia. I did not need to serve in the Armed Forces to get residency here. Those of you trying to put me in my place, can you say the same thing?

I was just making a point. A VERY REAL POINT.

Now let's get a little technical here: The term "American" (notice the capitalization now?) applies to EVERYBODY that lives in The Americas and the last time I checked a map of the world, there were THREE Americas, North, Central and South America. And North America is composed of two countries. So people that live in the United States are americans, but not the ONLY Americans.

Now on to the laziness and spelling....

Why do we name a place, or thing to then call it by it's initials? Are we so lazy that we cannot say Kentucky Fried Chicken, and we shrink it down to KFC? We cannot say McDonald's and say Mickey D? We cannot spell you and shrink it down to u?

But then again the english language is hard, VERY hard.

If it was easy, we would not drive on the parkway and park on the driveway.

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09-08-2006 08:19 PM  14 years ago
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Why do we name a place, or thing to then call it by it's initials?
you were in the military. you should know---the government is the worst. it took me 4 months working for a government contractor to figure out what the heck 1/2 of the paperwork coming across my desk was. "prepare the EDCO for the MIS. Note, that level 2 clearance is mandatory for any CO requiring SMJ."

WTF???? (<---i do like that one, though)

that wasn't just on paper either. they talked like that.
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09-08-2006 08:25 PM  14 years ago
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--------------------------------------------------------------------- Why do we name a place, or thing to then call it by it's initials?
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Try working in the computer field for lots of
initials..

Shipment goes by truck
Cargo goes by boat
you by a pair of panties, but only one bra.
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09-08-2006 08:43 PM  14 years ago
Rafael23cc

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you were in the military. you should know
My military service does not mean that I understood WHY it was done. I am guilty, because I had to adapt to a lingo that was already established. Did I understand the reason? NO....
Shipment goes by truck
Cargo goes by boat
you by a pair of panties, but only one bra.
We keep reinforcing the fact that english is a really hard to learn language... maybe that's the reason why americans can't spell it.

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09-09-2006 07:29 AM  14 years ago
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No,it's because teachers don't teach kids in school these days

I don't know if I heard it correctly(correct me if i'm wrong) but I heard that school districts are lowering the grade average so that they can get rid of the kids.


I don't know if that was just for CCSD/Clark County Schoool District or what. Like I said(correct me if i'm wrong)
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09-09-2006 08:28 AM  14 years ago
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"Now let's get a little technical here: The term "American" (notice the capitalization now?) applies to EVERYBODY that lives in The Americas and the last time I checked a map of the world, there were THREE Americas, North, Central and South America. And North America is composed of two countries. So people that live in the United States are americans, but not the ONLY Americans. "

So what do we call ourselves, Unitedstatians?
I like the sound of that
It takes the they are Americans too BS out of the illegal alien debate.

Sorry to interrupt, technically yes ,but in practice only unitedstatians
use the American title to classify nationality,
mexico=mexicans,canada=canadian etcetera...

We are all Americans here in the Americas,is only used by immigrants to the US with no papers .


I use ieSpell.

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09-09-2006 08:53 AM  14 years ago
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I play a lot of online games and in online chat, the one that really gets my goat is "Prolly" or "Probly" instead of Probably.

To me, this just goes to show that the kids are not being taught to speak properly.

I have to admit, in online chat, I do use the word "tho" instead of "though" and "thru" instead of "through". It's just quicker to type.


of course it's the same helicopter love. Would I lie to you ?
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