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    Oh,

    I was talking about language, specifically how it changes. Although Dark was somewhat blunt, he wasn't completely wrong in the case that a lot of people don't want to put the effort (which really isn't much of an effort), to speak properly and how that indirectly affects the change in the English language.

    I used cantonese as an example because I remember reading in a bruce lee book, where he was comparing Kung Fu to his native language. The movements are simple, direct and fluant. Without extra rules.

    So my example of Cantonese was:

    they're over there. eating. talking loudly. happy

    While in english we might say:

    They're over there eating and talking loudly. They look happy.

    The first exmaple would be a direct translation. My point was the do you feel that english could reach that point with something as simple as not caring about your spelling and grammar on an internet post.

    Kind of far fetched I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jao
    Oh,

    I was talking about language, specifically how it changes. Although Dark was somewhat blunt, he wasn't completely wrong in the case that a lot of people don't want to put the effort (which really isn't much of an effort), to speak properly and how that indirectly affects the change in the English language.

    I used cantonese as an example because I remember reading in a bruce lee book, where he was comparing Kung Fu to his native language. The movements are simple, direct and fluant. Without extra rules.

    So my example of Cantonese was:

    they're over there. eating. talking loudly. happy

    While in english we might say:

    They're over there eating and talking loudly. They look happy.

    The first exmaple would be a direct translation. My point was the do you feel that english could reach that point with something as simple as not caring about your spelling and grammar on an internet post.

    Kind of far fetched I suppose.
    Unfortunately, it's harder because the English is systematic, and hypocritical at the same time. That is why I had a hard time when I first learned English. Because words that might have similar spelling might sound totally different, I don't have an example right on top of my head right now...

    That is why a Chinese dictionary go by number of strokes, we don't have alphabets.

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    Now I'll post here since Zui Quan gave it some relevance by moving it. Our language is to be used to communicate, and since this is a forum, I and anyone else can choose to be as grammatically correct as they want, I try not to be hypocritical of spelling and grammatical errors, and get quite annoyed when other know-it-alls correct every little thing. I post here now as a first draft, and don't try to edit any mistakes unless it may confuse the message of the post.
    And although bad spelling is irritating, I still also greatly dislike threads that critize it. I see it as a form of discrimination, helpful or not. Let teachers and parents preach to there kids about its importance.

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    bah.. i swear ive seen a thread very similar to this at least once before - with the same exact opinions, counter opinions and preferences - .. anyway, this isn't english or grammar class, and i already finished my writing requirements, so lets just drop it. no one here will really be convinced of any position. in every forum you'll have the "grammar snobbs" and the "language butchers".

    just deal with it, and move on.


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    lol

    Actually I was amused to see this thread because I had this same conversation two days ago in chat with a 13 yr old who had just started writting and didn't know he was mixing the three up. There are people out there who don't realize. It never hurts to point it out as long as you're not being viscious about it.

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    I agree that this area can have its good points and its bad points. ALWAYS correcting someones grammer is bad. If you make it a "point" to go out and make sure that everyone is correct, it can get some bad spam as I have seen.

    On the other hand, NICELY correcting someone ONCE is good to do. If they don't get your message after the one suggestion, they probably won't change their grammer. Probably because they have been using that spelling(s) their whole life.

    So remember, if someones thread/reply is so hard to read, and you can't understand it, you could ask him/her for a clarifier. Beyond that, it just creates tension, fear, and possible flaming oppertunities. Besides, most of us speaks English, and thus would understand them whether or not they use the right word.

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    When did we start correcting other's mistakes? Shows how much time you got on your hands. Anyways, as long as I can understand, doesnt bother me. Now if its spelt or used in the wrong structure, sure, I would questions, but no point, cuz we're not here to critize and critique others work. We're all here to just have fun.

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    I think this is a helpful thread indeed.....i dont see what all the guff was about

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