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[Apr. 11th, 2005|11:50 am]
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It has come to my attention that some of the people on this little blogging tool are absolutely fucking retarded and should not be allowed around children lest they perpetuate their ignorance. Holy fuck, people, who misspells days of the week? I can understand small children tripping over Wednesday, but seriously. Also, "their" is the multiple possessive. "They're" is a contraction of "they are". "There" is the spatial reference. If I see one more goddamned possessive with an apostrophe I'm going to stab someone in the dick. That shit is ending up on national television, which will make the drooling masses accept it as dogma. Did you not see the "personal publishing" part in the LiveJournal intro? PUBLISHING. Would you accept a professionally published book with a bunch of spelling and grammatical errors? No! You'd throw the piece of shit in the trash and write a letter to the (if existent) editor THAT YOU WOULD SPELL CHECK. Not with the spellcheck button, but actually reading over what you've written.

Okay, feeling better now.

[User Picture]From: m_saint
2005-04-11 05:18 pm (UTC)
Their There - everythings' gonna be ok...

Seriously, I know what you mean. I have troubles with "There" and spelling issues at times.
And I REALLY hate ebonics as well as "IM speak". No wonder why people are so misunderstood - it is because they can't communicate.

also check this out:
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg.  The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid.  Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas  thuohgt spleling was ipmorantt !

Anyways, perhaps I'll see you tonight at Necto
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-04-11 06:18 pm (UTC)
I've seen the 'first and last letter' thing, that really is amazing.

As for Ebonics, I think the whole thing is a sham. I love culture, it's extremely important to me for people to have a personal sense of style. Still, when small-town corn-fed kids are calling me homey, something's wrong. The question of why black culture perpetuates the southern accent and slang whereas other cultures fade their accents out in a few generations of living in a different environment has always puzzled me. I guess I just don't have the balls to ask someone why that is lest I get labeled a racist.

And as for IM speak, I'm guilty of it myself at times. As long as it's clearly defined and used in the proper context I don't think it's so bad. A lot of people misuse it the same way that people say 'LCD display' or 'PC computer', though. That does bug me.
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[User Picture]From: m_saint
2005-04-11 07:17 pm (UTC)
check this article out:


not saying I agree or disagree with what's written (yeah I'd like to avoid that racist labeling as well) but it does raise some interesting thoughts
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-04-11 07:51 pm (UTC)
Interesting point he's got there, but you don't see a lot of Inuits or Bahamians as compared to African Americans. I'd at least hope that we've integrated thoroughly enough that the whole "black people are so isolated that they only associate with black people, only use black entertainment, only read black literature" thing is outdated. White Flight is over, plenty of white people live in downtown Detroit now. People don't want to live there because it's burnt out, not because they're scared of some kind of revolt.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-04-11 06:23 pm (UTC)
No, it just happened to be bugging me more severely than usual this morning. If we restricted people from having children based on their appropriate use of the apostrophe, our species would die out in a matter of decades.
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[User Picture]From: thehaloproject
2005-04-11 08:01 pm (UTC)

from the perspective of a linguist

Well man, you knew it was comming:

Blogging in general, as well as chat programs have indeed created the dialect of net-speak - that annoying shortened english we see majorly in teenagers using America Online. There's more to it, though:

We as a region (Michigan) have our own vernacular, jargon... a dialect. This came into sharper relief when friends of mine moved from a land far far away to Michigan, and some of the things we say, do, etc had to be translated for them to understand at first.

So in this way net-speak in general, and specifically the dialect that arose from blogging is not only a natural by-product of regionalization (In the sense that various blogging tools create user bases, which serve as communites, or 'regions') but also a completely valid speech pattern. No one uses absolute proper english; there is always at least a small portion of dialect mixed into proper speech.

As well, many celebrated writers have published works in which there are both spelling and grammatical errors. The Harlem renaissance and the black aesthetic movement are good examples of this. Both early 20th century poets and modern poets use dialect and colloquial speech to further their themes.

This is the way of the world, my friend. I find the subject interesting though - I get to witness the evolution of speech, I think a friend of mine working on her doctorate in linguistics would have even more to say on this subject, as it is her focus.

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[User Picture]From: shawboy
2005-04-11 08:43 pm (UTC)
Hey, I do state in my "Personal Info" page that I suck at spelling. I try to catch all my their, they're, and there mistakes. The other things that pop up that I do, I just can't explain. This is why my friends refer to my writings as Jasonese. :)
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-04-11 09:10 pm (UTC)
S'ok, I definitely wasn't referring to you. I keep my own friends list pretty clean, but I read /friendsfriends in an attempt to use LJ as a real social networking tool, which usually just ends up pissing me off.
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[User Picture]From: alceria
2005-04-12 03:47 am (UTC)

Though sadly, I have to admit I only realized yesterday that I've been spelling "surgery" wrong for the past week. And it was my *mom* that pointed it out - she wanted to see the posts about my cat. And I laughed at her and went to m-w.com to show her I was right, and what do you know, there is an "E" in surgery.

*Also, I typed it wrong both times above and had to backspace over and fix it. Go me!
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-04-12 01:28 pm (UTC)
Bah, you were shook up, I wouldn't expect anyone in your condition to write perfectly. Normally, you're one of the most formal authors on my list. Hooray for proper paragraphs! Also, that is reprehensible what that random fucktarp did to your poor cat, good thoughts and vibes and stuff for you.
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