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Which grammar/spelling/punctuation error do you make most on the forum?
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Poll: Which grammar/spelling/punctuation error do you make most on the forum?
Too much punctuation (.,/!?)
Not enough punctuation (,,/!?)
General apostrophe usage (1990's, her's ...)
Just poor grammar/spelling/punctuation in general
Other (please specify)
Option C
Grammer mesteaks? Im purfect.
I'll edit my post until no typos remain.
View Results (64 votes)


Nov 27 2013, 8:44am

Post #26 of 61 (272 views)
I'm glad I'm not the only one! [In reply to] Can't Post

For some reason, I'll type its' as well. Which makes no sense at all!


Nov 27 2013, 8:51am

Post #27 of 61 (297 views)
I knew it [In reply to] Can't Post

I mentioned my hatred of exclamation mark excess during a meeting at work once. Now a guy I work with always puts extra exclamation marks in emails, just for me.

And don't even get me started on my hatred of teacher jargon. Or shall we *unpack* that and *talk to it* as well, while we *drill down* into the *texture* of it?

I start 'hypernating' at the very thought of it, and I will *proberly* end up having 'heart populations'.Laugh

Werde Spinner

Nov 27 2013, 4:41pm

Post #28 of 61 (262 views)
Oh, don't worry about the icons! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wink The smiley faces are very helpful in getting the tone of a sentence across. Without the facial expressions and posture that we interpret in face-to-face conversation, online communication can get misinterpreted rather easily. Jokes can be seen as insults, and so forth. That's why emoticons are so helpful.

I use 'em a lot, too... Putting 'Laugh Laugh Laugh' is probably better than putting 'ahahahahaha', which might make me look like an evil overlord (evil overlady?) putting my latest nefarious scheme into action... Tongue

Superuser / Moderator

Nov 27 2013, 5:48pm

Post #29 of 61 (259 views)
"Our reporter is across this story." [In reply to] Can't Post

TVNZ started this about six months ago and it drives me up the wall. What happened to, "Our reporter has more details"?

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Nov 27 2013, 7:08pm)

Superuser / Moderator

Nov 27 2013, 5:50pm

Post #30 of 61 (252 views)
"Incidences." [In reply to] Can't Post

It's either 'incidents' or 'instances', not an unholy merging of the two! It's become increasingly common over the last year, unfortunately.


Nov 27 2013, 7:15pm

Post #31 of 61 (244 views)
You know, she's got a point there [In reply to] Can't Post

I mean, I use icons all the time - usually to express my feelings on a particular subject or having a sly expression when I'm talking about Faramir and Thorin... Smile the mere thought brings a grin to my face! Sly

Na Vedui

Nov 27 2013, 7:58pm

Post #32 of 61 (237 views)
Fang tango [In reply to] Can't Post

First they champ, then they stamp, then they stand still.


Nov 27 2013, 8:50pm

Post #33 of 61 (235 views)
Yeah, me too [In reply to] Can't Post

Part of my job is to audit other people's work, and I can spot spelling and grammar errors at ten paces. And when I post here, I'll hit Preview Post multiple times to make sure everything is correct. However, I did pick the "It's/Its" option in the poll as that always seems to trip me up. Smile


Nov 27 2013, 8:56pm

Post #34 of 61 (270 views)
I got nuthin' [In reply to] Can't Post

"Wallah" is meant to be French? I'm afraid I'm going to need you to spell this one out for me. Sly

Superuser / Moderator

Nov 27 2013, 9:13pm

Post #35 of 61 (240 views)
'Voila.' :D [In reply to] Can't Post

My mother was big with 'wallah'. Mind you, she was terrible (or superb, maybe) with malapropisms - she once told me that a young man was "very illegible", and once described a person's handwriting as "eligible".


Nov 27 2013, 9:59pm

Post #36 of 61 (245 views)
Snap! [In reply to] Can't Post

Another person who gets wound up by "could of" and random apostrophes. Great minds think alike!
I love your list too Starling. One spelling issue I see a lot at work is "persciption" instead of "prescription". If I had £10 for every time I see a request for a "repeat persciption" I would be very wealthy indeed!

Eowyn of Penns Woods

Nov 27 2013, 11:27pm

Post #37 of 61 (235 views)
I would be happier if our U.S. newscasters and morning show hosts [In reply to] Can't Post

would stop using some form of "We're back after these messages" or "We're back after this commercial break". No, you're NOT back! You WILL be back! *rageflail*

The big network people started it, and now they all seem to think it's okay. *sob*

Na Vedui

Nov 28 2013, 12:20am

Post #38 of 61 (229 views)
These things seem to be catching, like germs [In reply to] Can't Post

One that bugs me is when railway train announcers say "arriving into" London Paddington or wherever, instead of "arriving at" or "arriving in" (either of which would be normal English usage). They seemed to begin doing this a few years ago, goodness knows why.
And don't get me started on corporate/political clichés and jargon. Grrrrr!


Nov 28 2013, 12:51am

Post #39 of 61 (214 views)
Agreed.// [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Nov 28 2013, 12:53am

Post #40 of 61 (210 views)
*Laughs my head off* [In reply to] Can't Post

I totally heard an evil cackle when reading 'ahahahahahaha'.

I agree about the emoticons. Sometimes, without them, I fall into a strange mode of expression when I want to make a jest. I go to extreme lengths to make it painfully clear that it is a joke, not an insult. It doesn't always work, so I prefer emoticons.

Tol Eressea

Nov 28 2013, 1:10am

Post #41 of 61 (218 views)
Oh....yes.... [In reply to] Can't Post

When I see a typo in print, I just want to scream, 'Where was your editor?!' I see them in my church's bulletins and I had entertained the idea of becoming a proof-reader, but then realised I do not have the time.

Whenever a scrap of writing is pushed in front of me, I naturally lapse into 'editor-mode'. Sometimes I just have to bite my tongue and say nothing.

Sometimes the mistakes are funny. People seem to fear commas in these days, and that leads to humorous mis-readings. Don't even ask the last time I saw a semicolon.


Nov 28 2013, 4:21am

Post #42 of 61 (234 views)
I was snerking over "dire rear" all day. [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
  • dire rear

Then I had a chimichanga for dinner. FrownBlush


(This post was edited by Meneldor on Nov 28 2013, 4:22am)

Tol Eressea

Nov 28 2013, 6:19am

Post #43 of 61 (203 views)
I agree [In reply to] Can't Post

They're very helpful. I wish some people would use them more often. I just find that I get carried away sometimes. Tongue (resisting urge to add blush-face and screwy mouth) Laugh D'oh!

Finding Frodo
Tol Eressea

Nov 29 2013, 6:26am

Post #44 of 61 (192 views)
I chose "too much punctuation" [In reply to] Can't Post

Spelling and punctuation come pretty easily for me. It's not that I never make mistakes, but I proofread as I go along and usually do fine. On the other hand, I could be accused of overusing exclamation points!!


Nov 29 2013, 8:04am

Post #45 of 61 (189 views)
I think it's Arabic. [In reply to] Can't Post

Possibly coming from the French voila, though, as Ataahua suggested (there is no 'v' consonant in many Semitic languages).


Nov 29 2013, 12:31pm

Post #46 of 61 (181 views)
I make mistakes [In reply to] Can't Post

all the time & they're usually in the subject line. Blush It's stuff I know but I don't always pick the right word in my rush to get my ideas down.


Nov 29 2013, 12:58pm

Post #47 of 61 (182 views)
Coming from Germany... [In reply to] Can't Post

... I tend to do way too many commas in English.

Especially in front of "that", "who" or "which".


Nov 30 2013, 3:39am

Post #48 of 61 (158 views)
Ah, ok [In reply to] Can't Post

makes sense, I can hear it now, I've just never seen it spelled out phonetically like that.

Tol Eressea

Nov 30 2013, 6:43am

Post #49 of 61 (162 views)
Most of my mistakes are just random-- [In reply to] Can't Post

mispelling here, punctuation there, sometimes a grammatical flub. But i always have to stop and think how to spell words like surprise or realise-- i always want to spell them with a Z. Happens every time.


Nov 30 2013, 7:54am

Post #50 of 61 (152 views)
I get very cross with spell check, [In reply to] Can't Post

when it wants to change my s's to z's in words like realise.

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