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Another Protest! This time against.... ?spelling bees?

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posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 07:08 AM
It speaks to more than simply laziness. It addresses the narcissistic thinking, in that the spelling of the English language should be changed to accommodate their own needs and inadequacies.

This is complete idiocy, a spelling crime perpetrated by the absurd who are making themselves look like the fools they are. This group doesn't need proper written language in any case. Text shortcuts will do just fine for them, as this is as far as their written accomplishments will carry them, I'm sure.

They are welcome to change their spelling. If they want to write about "froot", that's fine. Here's your F. Take it and go. Good luck with that job hunting, by the way.

I mean, enough is enuf.

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 07:29 AM
For all the people who are so worried that other people want to change the ways words are spelled, maybe y'all should do a little research for yourselves. I agree with the poster who pointed out the irony in this thread.

Firstly, everyone should realize that the english language that we're using right now didn't always used to be this way. But apparently everyone thinks that english should stop evolving now and just stick to the way it is. I don't suppose any new languages could come forth? No, no way.

I mean, why don't we all just go back to speaking Latin like good little roman girls and boys? It's actually not all that hard after you get the conjugations down. But good luck with spelling without a K or a J.

Oh wait, the romans added the K for the word "Kalenda" which is where we get our current word, "Calender". Very interesting don't you think? Makes you wonder why they didn't just stick with the "C" that we ended up using for that word anyway??

Relax. Languages morph. Who cares how stupid or intelligent you sound. If you have a problem trying to understand someone, either ask them to reiterate or get over it, eh?

And who could possibly be offended that other people would rather spell "enough" "enuf"? Really? I think people just look for a reason to get angry or call someone stupid these days!

It's not like there is a shortage of stupidity - so let's not manipulate petty things into reasons for it.

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 07:56 AM
English evolved due to the meeting of differing regional cultures, and complete language changes. This would account for some change due to teaching and learning abilities. That is not what this is about. They want to change English spelling because it is too hard. The form of text speak is easier for them. Again, I do not see a person here claiming to have the most perfect of spelling, but I would wager most care to an extent to try and get it correct. They are putting forth effort and using their brain. They are not being lazy and trying to go the easy way around.

You cannot compare Latin with English either. That is the comparison of changing from English in the U.S. to Spanish. That has nothing to do with spelling that is an actual language change.

There is a difference, in both arguments.

The English language we are using today is very close to the English that has been used for hundreds of years. A few meanings might have changed due to slang usage and some words have been dropped, but it remains intact for the larger degree.

You can read some here.


posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 08:22 AM
I am having flashbaks to tha dayz wen foks wur pooshing for ebonics in California skool distrikts.

I never thought I would see the day when people would actually protest a spelling bee because they don't like the way words are spelled.

Just amazing and utterly embarrassing

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 02:40 PM
reply to post by Raist

Gladly I would have if that poster showed more humility, but he started off by calling those protestors "idiots." I agree with his consensus, but for him to throw out an insult when he is guilty of the same inability to spell is pure irony.

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 02:50 PM

Originally posted by TarzanBeta
For all the people who are so worried that other people want to change the ways words are spelled, maybe y'all should do a little research for yourselves. I agree with the poster who pointed out the irony in this thread.

You misunderstand. Yes, I was pointing out the irony of a pot calling the kettle black, but I also think these protesters are at the very depths of dumb. Let's not forget the woman spearheading the effort, an ex-principal!

These aren't educated people who want to change the English language for a good reason; they are lazy, text-happy morons who play with their Blackberrys all day long.

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 03:04 PM
It does seem apparent that America is wanting to "dumb" down when I hear things like these. It appears they want things to fit their needs, rather than wanting to fit the culture and in this case spelling, that we respect. I mean firstly a protest over spelling, which is rather lame. I try to learn and improve but what we see with society, they do not want to learn and thus, remaining ignorant. Great find though Chamber. Sometimes I just love ATS so much.

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posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 03:29 PM
You do realize if your one of the people who posted a o they are so stupid and so on reply . that YOU are a hypocrite .
Unless your spelling is so good you dont even need spell check what makes you so much smarter then they are or even me?
spelling things hypnotically would be a GREAT improvement over ((( Silent letters . You want to see what stupid really is?
ok NIGHT KNIGHT The ONLY reason the K is there is so YOU know its a different word . That is as stupid as it comes . But wate theres more were that comes from .
PH can be used As A F or some people use it as a V even .
steven stephen stefen stupid Pick one letter to make the f sound or the v sound for god sake.
many words are just like this THAT is what makes spelling in English a nightmare SILENT letters and letters that can mean more then one sound .
RIGHT THERE MEAN MEEN stupid sounds EXACTLY THE SAME its only the a or e that makes it MEAN or is that meen one thing or the other .
you think these people are stupid and yet you agree that silent letters are a great thing???????

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:48 PM
reply to post by xxcalbier

Are you done blathering about people being bad spellers?

The point of calling these fools morons and idiots is not that they cannot spell; it is that they wish not to attempt to try to better their spelling. It is one thing to make an error by mistake and try to fix your errors; it is another to blatantly just be a lazy non-caring fool.

It is far from hypocritical to call them stupid because they are lazy and do not care when we that are complaining do care. None of us ever claimed to be great spellers, great with grammar, or even have a large vocabulary. However, we care enough to try and learn when we get the chance.

That is the difference.


posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:52 PM
reply to post by pjslug

That is fine (I even sort of understand) but I believe the heart of the post was what counts. After all, it seems the poster cared just needed some direction in the spelling department. At the same time, they could have used spell check and possibly learned from that as well.

Regardless though I feel the heart of the post is what counts. I can deal with people who do badly with spelling as long as they show some concern and are willing to fix it. Those like the protesters are just fools that cannot be fixed because they are too busy with their game boxes feeding off my tax money.


posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 06:22 PM
reply to post by pjslug

Humor - n.
1. A comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement: the humor of a situation.

Yeah, I was joking. I know perfectly well how to spell breathe.

[edit on 4-6-2010 by Nosred]

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 06:35 PM
These protesters are trying to put down these kids for the very reason people take an interest in the spelling bee. What makes contests like the spelling bee interesting (if a spelling bee can ever be interesting) is that the kids are doing things most of us could not do. Most of us do not even know the meaning of many of the words they are asked to spell, let alone know how to spell the words perfectly.

I say let these kids shine and show the world their skills. Skill should be celebrated, not protested.

posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 07:27 PM
Before Noah Webster came along, spelling was pretty much a personal affair and it was basically chaos.

Noah Webster (October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843) was an American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, spelling reformer, political writer, editor and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education." His blue-backed speller books taught five generations of children in the United States how to spell and read, and made elementary education more secular and less religious. In the U.S. his name became synonymous with "dictionary," especially the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828 as An American Dictionary of the English Language.

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