Thursday November 27, 2003

Triple R

Category: Opinionated | 14 Comments | Posted 20:15

Isn't it interesting how all the people with diaries want each other to update because they're too lazy to do it themselves and they're bored so they want something to read. I'm one of them. UPDATE EVERYONE!

OK for once I shall do it myself. Triple R stands for Rant, Rave & Ramble btw. I've just spent an hour or so filling in an application form for this job - I've arrived at the final (& most intimidating) section now, Additional information in support of your application, so I thought I'd procrastinate a little before wrecking my brains about why I'm the person they absolutely need.

BML Me has come and gone, it was a very short and rather surreal visit. I mean it was less than two days... very strange. We're really not that far apart tho. And soon we'll be even closer. Like, in the same house. :D I've decided I've had enough of driving to Ryanair airports for a while tho, so I'll fly Lux-Gatwick direct in December. (did I mention we're moving to Brighton? *hehe*)

Ah yes, I was gonna rant and rave. Indeed I would like to voice my disgust at people who can't spell. They creep me out. They make me shudder, tremble and scream in outrage. They do! I cannot tell you how much it irks me that a considerable part of what you read online today is full of the most atrocious spelling (and grammar!) mistakes!

I have the 'privilege' of having been forced to learn grammar and orthography in three languages, none of which is my mothertongue. The advantage of this is that I have learned at school how these languages are constructed - I know the function of the word I'm using. Grammar is boring yes, but pointless it certainly isn't.

Native speakers learn the sounds, they can speak the language by the time they go to school, then they learn to write down the sounds they speak, but they have no idea what they are actually saying. And the contraction of "I could have" sounds like "I could of" - so they write "I could of"! Why does no one teach them it's "I could've"? "I could of done this" makes no fucking sense! (I'd like to stress that I don't mean everyone here! There are plently of English speakers who are perfectly capable of writing correct English!)

Does it matter? YES it does! I mean geez, where are we heading with this? There are countless examples like this - need I point out the eternal "there / they're / their" and "your / you're"?! Don't you people KNOW what you are saying? What are you DOING to your language?? It's our most important means of communication, there's nothing debatable or vague about how you spell a word - there's ONE way to spell things and not another!! Oooh it gives me the creeps to see people so clueless about something they use EVERY FUCKING DAY! Don't you people see what this says about you!?

It's a matter of respect to learn how to spell. Respect for language, respect for those you write to, and respect for yourself too! YES your correspondent will understand your bad misspelt English too, but s/he won't enjoy it - and certainly won't think much of you if you write "their arriving by plane at 3.50"! :-&

OK enough about people who can't spell. In fact, enough full stop. I shall now get back to my application form and compose a well-written essay about my qualifications for this job, devoid of any silly mistakes and misspellings. You'll see!


Posted by: The BML at November 27, 2003 08:21 PM

Posted by: Clarissa at November 27, 2003 08:22 PM

you tell those uneducated fuckers!!!!

Posted by: squiZZle at November 27, 2003 08:26 PM

Posted by: Clarissa at November 27, 2003 08:29 PM

Posted by: Lo at November 27, 2003 08:38 PM

uhmmm... how about people who have dyslexia?
In my family, my mother and I are the only ones who don't have dyslexia. I don't think one should always judge a person from how the person writes or spells... hm.

Posted by: miriam at November 28, 2003 01:45 AM

No, dyslexia has NOTHING to do with this!

Posted by: Clarissa at November 28, 2003 01:48 AM

Unbelievable!! I was only telling someone yesterday how infuriated I get by all the mistakes you mention. I didn't read this entry till this morning! Depressingly, I don't think the situation will improve, becasue of the attitude of the vast majority who seem to think there is something wrong with anyone who either knows or cares about spelling and grammar. Not including dyslexia here, just ignorance and stupidity, which is so much more common. From personal experience, as a parent, I know that teachers often do not correct pupils' mistakes because they know no better themselves. In fact in primary school my daughter had a correctly spelt word ("scary") crossed out by the teacher. who then wrote his version ("scarey") in its place! Then the headteacher told me that she gets mixed up with how to spell "icy"!!!!!! If teachers don't know how to spell 3 and 5 letter words how the 4-letter word are they capable of educating children?

Posted by: Marvin at November 28, 2003 12:17 PM

Woohoo @ Marvin, indeed!
@ teachers who can't spell.

Posted by: Clarissa at November 28, 2003 04:01 PM

Is you is or is you ain't? I think rap music doesn't really help... although I like rap.

Posted by: Val at November 29, 2003 12:52 AM

yeah but it's possible to make the difference. I can write shite too, but I can ALSO write correctly.

Posted by: Clarissa at November 29, 2003 02:44 AM

Yes, YOU can make the difference, so can I and so can a lot of people of our age. But I bet that teenagers listen more often to P.Diddy saying "I does", "he don't" and I don't be" than to their English teacher or BBC presenter who say it correctly. Therefore they think that's the correct version

Posted by: Val at November 29, 2003 07:12 PM

But I was mainly talking about native speakers and they learn correct English before they learn crap.

Posted by: Clarissa at November 29, 2003 07:35 PM


Posted by: Val at November 30, 2003 12:27 PM