originally posted by: Biigs
English is not everyone's first language and typos and grammar can be auto corrected, incorrectly by 'helpful' web browsers.
The funny thing is, people who are learning english, or didn't grow up with english, usually don't make "american typos", which these things
certainly are. They have learned how a word is written, and then they learn how it's pronounced. But native english-speakers usually learn the
language in the opposite order, where learning to pronounce is the first priority, and the more 'natural', instinctual part, and then written
english becomes the 'learned', 'external' skill, that they don't bother to learn well, because they think they already know the language.
So while it's only human to make mistakes while you are learning a language (though those students and non-native-speakers that simply don't want to
bother learning it properly have an attitude problem, which should lead to consequences, because they are not even trying, and they never aim to learn
it well), and honest typos, while you type, 'american typos' are attitude problems; they are basically mental laziness, torturing other people just
because you don't want to properly learn what you should know before attempting to communicate in a written form, and yet demand that people respect
you as an adult being - they are INEXCUSABLE.
They are inexcusable, because any adult being that has at least average intelligence, CAN LEARN TO WRITE ENGLISH WORDS PROPERLY.
If a dumbo like ME can do it, it's hard to imagine any healthy adult not being able to do it! (I can even imagine many non-healthy people being able
to do it, consarn it!)
I would completely 'understand' it (not the legal meaning of the word), if it was incredibly difficult to get it right, if it required some special
intelligence or mental abilities, if it was like comprehending quantum physics, if it was like solving complicated mathematical formulae - that would
make sense. Then most people not being able to do it, would feel natural.
I would also get it, if I was some kind of unnaturally super-intelligent smart guy, that most people around me don't seem to be able to write the
normal, everyday language that I take for granted.
I would also think it'd be natural, if we all lived in some kind of mongoloid-retard-house, where only mentally retarded, brain damaged and
completely stupid people lived.
But that it's not supposed to be a 'big deal' that an -enormous amount- (I'd say majority - even in a NY Times article, the editor had made awful
mistakes, like writing "pixilation" (multiple times), instead of "pixelation", which is what he meant) of supposedly intelligent, normal, healthy,
adult beings, supposedly sentient in some way, can't write THEIR OWN LANGUAGE, just shocks me.
What kind of an attitude is that? If you ever read the war letters that the soldiers in the American Civil War sent home, and compared them to modern
war letters (or at least what you can easily deduce what the modern war letters would probably look like), you can realize that something has
Adults _USED_ to be able to write english, today, they can't.
Some of them can write SOME english correctly, but most of them can't write A LOT of english correctly. That is a serious problem, and a shocking
It's incredibly difficult to respect anyone's intelligence, who can't put four lego bricks on top of each other, isn't it?
It's just as difficult for me to respect anyone's intelligence, who can't write simple english sentences correctly, which doesn't require much
higher intelligence than putting the lego bricks on top of each other. It's pretty much the same thing to me.
If a poster in ATS told that they can't put four lego bricks on top of each other, because it requires too much thinking, and THEN proceeded to write
a long post about an interesting topic, how much faith would you have for his ability to find the truth in this world full of trivial information? His
ability to be critical and his ability to not feed you some bs that he learned from some untrustworthy disinformation source?
That is the situation where you find me - I can't trust anyone, who can't do these SIMPLE, BASIC tasks correctly!
I don't mind mistakes or honest typos, but I really do mind 'american typos', because they immediately show that there is something wrong with the
brain of the author - either a huge attitude problem, mental laziness and "I don't care" attitude, that is incredibly disrespectful towards his
reader, OR incredible lack of intelligence (not being able to put lego bricks.. etc).
Just how am I supposed to trust that there's even a possibility that anything he writes has any truth in it or makes any sense? I don't think anyone
else should, either.
_IF_ we lived in early 1980s or something, I could perhaps forgive part of it. But the CORRECT INFORMATION IS SECONDS AWAY, and yet these people
either CHOOSE not to get it, or DON'T KNOW HOW to get it - and I don't know which is worse!
The bottom line: If you are not willing or able to write english correctly, you can't be intelligent or mentally hard-working enough to write a good
So yes, it IS a big deal. (Or in the 'american style', "So no, it IS a big deal.")