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Old November 10th, 2006, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Spelling and Grammar in this Forum

I would like to make a special request that we not criticize each other's spelling and grammar in this forum because it is unkind and an unnecessary distraction from the topics being discussed.

We have forum visitors from all over the world, and we love that. I don't want any of our forum guests to feel embarrassed or be reluctant to post if their English writing and comprehension skills are not perfect. It's also a good idea not use too many acronyms and abbreviations in messages, for the benefit of our international visitors. You might have noticed that I sometimes edit messages to change - for example - TN to Tennessee so everyone will understand.

Another point...English spelling, grammar, and even word meanings are not the same from country to country. For example, there are significant differences in the English spoken in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, USA, etc.

And now the real reason I am making this request: my spelling and grammar are far from perfect so I'm afraid I will be the next target! LOL...

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PS: In the old Ask About Skating forum someone posted an example of a seriously flawed English paragraph that was amazingly easy to understand. Can anyone share that with us again?

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Old November 10th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #2
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England and the United States of America, two nations divided by a common language.
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Old November 10th, 2006, 11:04 PM   #3
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Was it something like this?:

a sutdy dnoe at Oxfrod dmenotrasted taht the oredr of the letetrs in a word do not raelly mtater, olny the fisrt and last ltteres mkae a diferefence as the mnid inteprerts the wrod as a wohle.
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Old November 10th, 2006, 11:52 PM   #4
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It works!
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Old November 10th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #5
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That's it Chris - thanks! I am still amazed by that...

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Old November 11th, 2006, 03:47 AM   #6
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Whew Now I don't have to worry about my typing mistakes..
Hey Chris can you post the link of Oxford study on writing.. it seems very interesting I would like to read it..
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Old November 12th, 2006, 02:32 PM   #7
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Here is a link to the place I could find that most accurately discusses the origin of the original (the one above I just made up from my memory of it).

about halfway down the linked page, you can find the original letter to New Scientist and also a link to a summary of his PhD disertation work.

I think this is all really interesting!
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Old November 12th, 2006, 06:45 PM   #8
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Hey Chris thanks for the reply.. am now reading it. and will forward this to a few clients. I wonder if this applys to people who are dystectic . I have a few clients with kids who were diagnose with this in there graduating year.. They have placed high on the L stats but have done poorly in school.. which have prevented them from graduating..
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Old December 9th, 2006, 06:37 PM   #9
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just waiting for the first one to start writing abou how to use his 'heal break'

(for the uninitiated: this is defined as what happens when you fall on a recent scab...)
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Old February 27th, 2007, 09:56 PM   #10
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that is awesome, I understood it too!

now this lady that sends me messages on myspace, I cannot read her stuff worth a flip, she is not a skater.......so she will never see this message
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Old March 9th, 2007, 04:25 AM   #11
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i just can't spell. . .
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Old March 9th, 2007, 02:49 PM   #12
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Oh No! And I just spent $30 on a west Kentucky to English translation program...

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I can live with spelling mistakes. What gets me are the ones who do their posts in cell phone text message style. Don't they teach punctuation in school anymore?
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Old March 20th, 2007, 03:03 AM   #14
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I can live with spelling mistakes. What gets me are the ones who do their posts in cell phone text message style. Don't they teach punctuation in school anymore?
Yes, just what was the point to all those years of "Formal Composition."? The way things are progressing everything is going shorthand.

etsaw a tahW--- dyslexic
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Old March 21st, 2007, 04:00 AM   #15
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Any chance of Dyslexia ?
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I wonder, apart from myself, who has made the most spelling and grammatical errors on the forum.
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Old October 10th, 2007, 07:50 PM   #17
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Nott me! becuas i utaliz the spel cheker in word programm and than i paiste it onto the thred post.
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Old October 10th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #18
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My Grammer doesn't even read this forum.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 03:55 AM   #19
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I wonder, apart from myself, who has made the most spelling and grammatical errors on the forum.
We actually do have someone who historically has made a ton of errors. They have a couple of reading/writing brain problems that create a difficult challenge in communications.

Once, or maybe more than once, when I was overloaded with work expectations, stress, family problems, and other life problems so that it became difficult to stay organized and move through the mess called life at that moment, I finally understood how difficult a challenge it was for someone who couldn't write what they could think and say.

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Old October 14th, 2007, 02:49 PM   #20
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I have mefinger issues along with times of a difference in keyboards being used. ergo regular and then regular computer key board and then steno keyboard memory sickness

but other than that I just stink in (slat and salt) and so on in recipe *Rogers. Then too many windows and the shy syndrome

but I thank you all for being tolerate on my mishaps
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