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Pet Peeves, Part 3, Illiteracy.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Jim Watson, Jan 7, 2006.

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  1. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    There is a substantial minority of posts by people who are apparently either functional illiterates with computer access or are so hurried and careless that a decipherable post is of no value to them. I don't mean the occasional misspelled word or grammatical error, I do those myself. I mean the full length screwups that make a post hard to read at all. I see three basic types:

    1. Truly illiterate. There are posts that are hardly to be considered English. They lack punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Meaning may or may not be clear.

    2. California Girl. There is more and more usage of abbreviations that I think come from cel phone text messaging. r u abl 2 c wht i mean?

    3. No pinkie. There are posts written in clear and proper language but whose author does not use the shift key. Even when well punctuated they are hard to get through. I am more mystified by the ones with proper nouns capitalized but not the first word of the sentences.

    Does this sort of stuff bother you? It does me, it makes it hard to comprehend.
    Do you wade through it and try to get the content? Sometimes I do, sometimes I give up a line or two in. Sometimes I will be mean enough to respond in the same dialect.
  2. Alfadog

    Alfadog New Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Brandon, Florida
    Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. I do my best to ignore functionally illiterate posts.
  3. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
  4. beaucoup ammo

    beaucoup ammo Participating Member

    Sep 17, 2005
    San Antonio
    "Few Facts And A Lot Of Opinions"

    That pretty much sums it up. Before launching a critique of fellow posters, I'd want to know WHY they post as they do. Perhaps someone, in fact, lost a pinkie or a hand. Ever consider that? Some of us never finished High School, yet enjoy the company of other's with a common interest..regardless of their "grammatical error."

    A person's situation translates to their posts and, speaking for myself, I have no clue where folks are coming from.

    "Sometimes I will be mean enough to respond in the same dialect." That doesn't come as a surprise.

    Take Care
  5. BruceB

    BruceB Active Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    I love proper English...

    Yep, it bothers me, too.

    Before the "You're all elitist jerks" chorus starts up, I'll add that some posters among those who DO know (more-or-less) how to use the language, continue to insist that it really doesn't matter!

    Say What???

    If one is trying to COMMUNICATE thoughts and ideas to readers on the 'net, meaning: via the PRINTED WORD, is it not desireable to do so in the clearest possible fashion? Is it not logical to at least TRY to perform the transmission of one's thoughts in a manner that allows the greatest possibility for readers to actually comprehend what is being written?

    Clearly, for some people, that's a leap of logic which they are either unwilling to take, or afraid to attempt.

    I'll always try to decipher anyone's post, and don't "look down" on those who may have problems with the language. However, it is certainly easier to get the drift of a comment or idea when an earnest attempt is made by the writer to get it down in the best fashion he can. Careful proof-reading before posting is also a fine idea.

    Here come the slings and arrows....
  6. grimjaw

    grimjaw Senior Member

    May 9, 2005
    While I do admit it's tiresome to try to read poorly written posts, I usually just pass by them. This isn't grammar school, it's a gun forum in written English. If you can't do the written English part . . .

  7. pax

    pax Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Washington state
    Not finding much gun-related content here, but have to say I agree with the original poster.

    If you want folks to read your posts, please make them readable!

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