Debate Thirteen: Should grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and vocabulary be
something to argue about?
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Debate Thirteen: Should grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and vocabulary be
something to argue about?


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19 June 2009, 03:49 PM   #1
Zee
Joined: 22 May 2009
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Last edited by MorbidLittleParasite, 19 June 2009
Sorry if this is tl;dr.

We all know it's important to have a good sense of English writing skills. It was a subject that I had to pass to pass the whole year at school. It was a mandatory subject to pass at GCSE in order to get into a certain course I wanted to apply for at college. It's a language in my society (and maybe also yours) that helps you get by. It's perfectly normal for people to progress through it quickly and slowly. Some people find it hard to read, write and/or spell. I know a few people who prefer talking to writing and so they write disgregarding the correct use of punctuations on instant messaging. As long as I understand what they're saying (which I always do) it's fine! Everyone has different capabilities and not everyone understands that. When someone started talking about how we should embrace good grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary on Kupika I think a few people who took this on board as "you must have good grammar to be a perfect, civil human being." and "oh lol something to flame and rant about too". As most of us know, "Your grammar is awful, gtfo", "Well at least I know how to spell" and phrases that are similar has become repetitive, reoccurring and irrelevant-to-the-subject comebacks to many arguments on kupika and has become a reason to flame and bash possibly innocent members. It's discrimination that is accepted in the Kupikan community. Sure it's nice to meet someone who is able to construct a perfect sentence, but does it really matter to make friends? Should attacking someone just because they can't/won't bother to spell correctly be acceptable?

19 June 2009, 03:52 PM   #2
Eden
Joined: 22 May 2009
Posts: 55
We don't have to necessarily ATTACK.
But I really prefer to ask someone to correct their spelling before continuing a convo
with me.
(:
What is Eden again? (:

19 June 2009, 03:53 PM   #3
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I really don't think grammatical errors should be something to pick a fight about.

I love grammar and spelling, because I'm a writer. Well, not an actual writer, I haven't
published any books, I just write them and keep them to myself, sometimes I make jokes
like : 'You spelt that wrong! *dramatic faint*' just for a laugh, but I'd never start a
real argument or fight over something like grammar and spelling.

I agree with you, spelling is important, but not THAT important!

19 June 2009, 04:08 PM   #4
Eden
Joined: 22 May 2009
Posts: 55
It is that important to me.
I find it especially annoying if someone plays around with English.
It's an art.
What do you think Leonardo da Vinci feels if you mess around with his Mona Lisa?
>:[
What is Eden again? (:

19 June 2009, 04:11 PM   #5
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I meant grammar and spelling is really important (no seriously, I go around correcting my
friend's grammar, it bugs the hell out of them) but I'd never start a fight over it 
Yeah, I take English quite seriously too, I really wanna get a degree in it.

19 June 2009, 04:13 PM   #6
Eden
Joined: 22 May 2009
Posts: 55
It is important (I do the same) but not enough to start a fight.
UNLESS the person who had bad English is bitchy and doesn't want to admit he/she is wrong.
What is Eden again? (:

19 June 2009, 04:15 PM   #7
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Ugh, I hate people that hate admitting they're wrong!

19 June 2009, 04:16 PM   #8
Eden
Joined: 22 May 2009
Posts: 55
I know right!
They are just so...egoistic.
:l
What is Eden again? (:

19 June 2009, 04:19 PM   #9
Zee
Joined: 22 May 2009
Posts: 10
Last edited by MorbidLittleParasite, 19 June 2009
I find it especially annoying if someone plays around with English.
I have to disagree with you on that. I've always thought English was fantastic because it's such a playful language. It's open to imagination to whatever you can create with it. Many of my favourite writers played around with the English language. Writers like Roald Dahl, Dr Zeus and Spike Milligan. They're artists of this art form :'D. Also, many people have made wonderful creations out of Mona Lisa.

19 June 2009, 04:20 PM   #10
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Indeed :/
Everyone makes a mistake once in a while, they're just terrified of being one of those
people.

19 June 2009, 04:22 PM   #11
Eden
Joined: 22 May 2009
Posts: 55
Many of my favourite writers played around with the English language.
Not that kind of playing around, really. They were being artistic. This is being annoying.
What is Eden again? (:

19 June 2009, 04:24 PM   #12
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What sort of playing around? Like inventing words?

20 June 2009, 03:45 AM   #13
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For me I'd just bash the hypocrites that make the grammer/spelling errors. Such as calling a person a dumbass or any type of offensive term to demean them I'd go right in with stating that they shouldn't speak. I have nothing against innocent people that don't care much about their spelling or grammer and just want to make friends but I do have something against internet bullies. When I first came here my grammer and spelling wasn't very great :l though I never sought to bully anybody or start an enemy and made friends on my own. I'm still not a big fan of "H3y wH@t'$ Up?" (mainly because at times it's just hard to understand) but minor typo's and a kind attitude is good enough for me. :] I think that the "TyPe LyK Di$" concepts only annoys me the most when online internet bully wangsters use it to sound cool. :l

20 June 2009, 05:03 AM   #14
Eden
Joined: 22 May 2009
Posts: 55
What sort of playing around? Like inventing words?
I think that stays with the experts.
I think that the "TyPe LyK Di$" concepts only annoys me the most
AGREED.
What is Eden again? (:

20 June 2009, 06:36 AM    #15
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Grammar is a wonderful thing indeed. (:
And I prefer to talk to people who can keep up with a fine conversation; instead of typing
a reply like "lol" or "kk" or the one that annoys me the most "nm". When I ask someone how
they are doing, I prefer a normal response instead of a silly acronym. I take grammar
seriously, and if you want to call me a "Grammar Nazi", then that's fine. Although, I do
understand that younger kids on Kupika don't understand that well, so that's an expection
I do make.

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