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Prof. Peabody...
you can write however you want but I don't intend to read posts that don't consider their readers and take a couple of seconds to run a spell check.  And, I will never consider publishing anyone's work who doesn't have that consideration.  It's unprofessional and selfish.

By the way, why are you so put out by the fact that I asked people to use a spell check?  What is the harm in requesting it when it annoys me?  You don't have to do it if you don't want but if your spelling is atrocious and I have to decipher what you're saying, I'll just stop reading your posts.  The same goes with anyone else's. 

However, I thought it was only fair to let people know that I wouldn't read things I had to decipher.  Since most of us here write with an expectation of having people read what we write to make a little money as writers, I just thought it was only fair to let people know that this may be a reason their blogs aren't getting read as much. 

I may be one of the minority in this but I'm still going to speak my mind.  And, you have a choice to speak yours, which you have.  However, don't expect to change my mind.  I certainly don't expect to convince anyone.  I just feel the need to speak out about it and other things and will continue to do so.

posted by whimsystoryteller on December 17, 2006 at 6:48 PM | link to this | reply

I don't think you're being too hard. The spelling and grammar on Blogit is the worst I've ever seen. Far worse than that produced by my second-language students. And it would be nice to think that people didn't really need to use the spell check...

posted by Antipodean on December 17, 2006 at 2:02 AM | link to this | reply

True story...

I was reading a daily paper (Fresno Bee, I think) when I was surprised to see, in the business section, that "Gottschalk's Department Stores in the African American for  the first time this fiscal year..."

Huhh?  I was totally confused until a journalist friend of mine explained that not only does his computer have "Spellcheck" but also Synonym-check, and, are you ready for this, "PC Check"!  It automatically asks "do you mean Black or African-American?".  Somebody slipped up, and by reflex, picked African American.

I wonder, if the company had lost money (in the red) whether he would have been asked "Do you mean "red" or "Native American"?"

I still can't get over people writing in a BLOG (a contraction that didn't exist only a few years ago) complaining about the laxness of writing style in this format.  I suppose, when you  owe money, you write an officious "I Owe You".

posted by Professor_Peabody on December 17, 2006 at 1:46 AM | link to this | reply

Eeee gads, I'm looking over my last comment and viewing several
grammatical errors . . . . ooops!

posted by JanesOpinion on December 15, 2006 at 4:07 PM | link to this | reply

whimsy, I'm with you!

I rarely make spelling or grammar errors (or at least do my best to avoid them), and do try to remember to use spell check.  I am appalled at the thought that "text message" grammar is allowed in some schools and see it as being just another example of the dumbing down of America. 

For many bloggers, this is purely a social forum and therefore I would imagine their assumption is that proper grammar and spelling is immaterial.  For anyone who thinks of him or herself as being a serious blogger, then I would hope they would at the very least hit the spell check button.

Good post! 

posted by JanesOpinion on December 15, 2006 at 4:06 PM | link to this | reply

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