Admittedly, I am a real stickler for spelling, I often make typos due to my cheap keyboard and go back constantly to proof-read and edit them!
However, while I believe we are an intelligent bunch here, I notice quite a few members who make the same weird errors and repeatedly do it as if they
don't actually realise that they have made a mistake. I am talking about these
blunders in particular:
Misuse of 'your' (e.g. your wrong)
2) 'could of'
instead of could've (e.g. Iran could of sent in reptilian secret agents to kill Steve Fossett)
rather than Israel
(this one isn't as common as it used to be, but still crops up occasionally)
Usage of plurals with apostrophes in them (e.g. usage of plural's with apostrophe's in them)
Usage of their
instead of they're (e.g. their not going to nuke America)
This to me, is stuff you learn when you are 6, 7 years old. Do people not realise that 'you are' is shortened to you're
and the apostrophe
is there for a reason? You don't just phonetically throw the whole thing out the window and just write your
. It is a sad indictment on
education systems worldwide that we as internet users on message boards, exhibit lazy habits in the English skills department. Take a look at 'could
of'.. it doesn't even make sense. Could OF
? Do they have no idea they meant to say 'could have
' and the apostrophe shortens that
phrase to could've
Most of the mangled language seems to emanate not from the UFO or SkunkWorks forums, but in the Politics and Breaking News areas - discussing the
important events of the day. Surprisingly, those whom speak English as a second language put more effort in than some of us relying on our native
Mind you, this isn't just an affliction with this forum, it's spread all across the world, on message boards everywhere. It boggles my mind how so
many people commonly make these same mistakes on the same word groups. Could it be a mind control conspiracy in the education system making the
population partially dumb and lazy when it comes to certain words and phrases?
Just kidding, hehe....
[edit on 24-9-2007 by RiotComing]