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Is the correct use of grammar and spelling important to you?

There have been many arguments about whether or not spelling and grammar matter in social media.

There are those who believe that the written word – whether in print or online – matters greatly and that our mastery of a language directly reflects on our intelligence level.

There are also those that say spelling and grammar are far less important than they used to be; especially online where blog posts can be re-edited and re-published and social media status updates can be deleted.

There are also those who some people refer to as ‘the grammar police’ who get very frustrated if humorous posts have a spelling error, and can only focus on the mistake and miss the joke!

And then there is the issue of American spellings too … ‘z’ in place of ‘s’ and several words spelt differently than the UK version.

Where do you stand on spelling and grammar? Do they still matter in Social Media online as much as in print? Do they matter less today than they did 20 years ago? Does any kind of spelling or grammatical error bug you?

Is the correct use of grammar and spelling important to you in Social Media?

397 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes I get irritated when it's wrong No it doesn't bother me

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major red
19th Aug 2016
0
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im dislexic so i dont know but it anoys the hell out of me when people say i spell wrong as i know i do as the anoys is
leslieross
26th Jan 2016
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Correct grammar and spelling are a mark of an individuals' education and background. To behave sloppily in these areas is an individual's own decision; but take the consequences as to the way one appears to the world in doing so.
Kezziedog
20th Nov 2015
2
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Of course it is important to speak correctly .... I so often hear people say "THEM shoes " NO .... its "THOSE shoes ".

Of course kids using " text speak " cant help .....
magherafelt1939
31st Oct 2015
1
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Punctuation - in particular, can change the whole meaning of a sentence, so it is very important.
Red Head Swift
26th Oct 2015
1
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Grammar, the written word and of course the spoken word evolve over time.

Nothing can change that. When I read novels from the twenties and thirties I know that we do not write like that any more. When I watch old films I know we do not talk like that any more.

The Queen is a very good example of how speech and the written word have evolved in her lifetime.

Until a few years ago the French had a government department that did its best to ensure that their spoken and written language did not change. It was a loosing battle and they closed the department.
daydreams
23rd Oct 2015
2
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We have such a beautiful language it annoys me when so many people reduce it to abbreviations... BFF, YA and so on. And to see the many examples of the misuse of the apostrophe, poor spelling, bad grammar, and people on television getting away with it as well. 'Heavy rain did fell in ....' as one weather forecaster (guesser) said yesterday.
Barbara58
22nd Oct 2015
2
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I'm not on social media though do reply/comment on and give thumbs down to any posts which are so full of grammatical errors it makes it hard to comprehend what the author is saying.
Some folk say it's nitpicking, some posts are by foreign people, others haven't had a good education so we should be patient but if I don't get the gist..............................
I know text speak is often abbreviated - a young friend says I'm very savvy and text like a young person. Should I feel flattered that I'm 'with it'?
dunno
20th Oct 2015
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having discoverd that the times are now doing a crossword in Latin , and the 4th history ? , off jesus , which was thought to have been written about 90 ad , appears to be earlier , because the grammer off the text , appears to show that .
im not knocking ( perfected ) launguage as a skill . i appreciate it , as i do any skill, i have respect for it . what i dont have any tolerence for is shakespheres spelling , which is a shame , as im not going to be able to share in that .
Baxi
19th Oct 2015
3
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I agree with Renka! There is no excuse.
Renka
19th Oct 2015
9
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I hate bad grammar and incorrect spelling. There is no excuse for it, especially since spellcheckers are built in to everything nowadays.
Another pet hate is the the misuse of apostrophies - e.g. 'egg's for sale'.
NevilleS
19th Oct 2015
3
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Yes it is most important, my late mother left school at 12 in 1912 and would write and spell correctly all her life! Something is obviously wrong with the teaching system these days! Some examples"
The repeated misuse of the pronoun Them, them books etc. Instead of those or these books, I have them!!
The differences between : Borders and boarders: There and Their: To, too and two; Its and it's
Misspelling of aren't isn't etc.
JohnHerb
26th Oct 2015
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One of my daughters is a primary school teacher and the children still have a huge emphasis on English and Maths. In fact the teaching they receive now is far superior to what we had as children from what I can see.
woldwoollies
19th Oct 2015
5
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When will people understand that it is you're NOT your? Spelling is dreadful and grammar is even worse. Is English, spelling and grammar not taught in schools these days or didn't these people go to school at all? They may say it's a typo but if that is the case mistakes can easily be corrected these days when using an iPad or smartphone. There is a spellchecker on a laptop and desktop. NO EXCUSE.
thefilthycripple
19th Oct 2015
3
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If we do not use our language correctly we will lose it !
deb1712
19th Oct 2015
4
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I dislike the word "kids" for children, it seems derogatory.
deb1712
19th Oct 2015
3
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I loathe Americanisms, such as "convinced me to" instead of "convinced me that"; "excited for..." "Can I get a coffee" . Are all these examples caused by watching American soaps? Why do people want to copy Americans?
NevilleS
19th Oct 2015
2
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So right, American misspelling is also creeping in such as: harbor, neighbor, favorite
ballet
19th Oct 2015
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Yah!! annoys me !!! What is the matter with Yes. ....????.... Dunnno, is another one,......but I am not perfect myself, there must be many mistakes I make....Pleases and Thank yoooos!!! are sometimes missing !!!!
Carole
19th Oct 2015
2
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Like Jan, the retired teacher who posted on here, grammar and spelling were very important to me in my work as a PA/secretary. I simply cannot bring myself to write in anything other than what I hope is grammatically correct English, whether it is a letter, a text message or a social media comment. I was pleased to see my 10 year old grandaughter's spelling homework this week was all about apostrophes, one of my particular gripes! Poor spelling and grammar is not confined to social media unfortunately. Has anyone else cringed at some of the horrors contained in (possibly self-published) e-books? I'm all for giving budding authors a chance but I do wish they would choose their 'proof' readers with care, and find someone who does actually have a clue about spelling and grammar. 'Reseeding' hairline was a recent howler. I do try to finish these books in spite of the irritations, after all there could be unknown gems out there, but one or two recently have been so bad I couldn't get to the end - they have the same effect on me as nails on a blackboard! I'm sorry that this has turned out to be a longer post than I intended!
scandiman
18th Oct 2015
2
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I especially find poor speech irritating. People who say, ' I am STOOD here', rather than 'STANDING'. People who say things like, 'Britain MAY be an island but.....', Britain IS an island. It should be 'ALTHOUGH Britain is an island....'. As for the endless use of 'absolutely' rather than 'yes', and teenagers using 'like' every other word!
lindz64
18th Oct 2015
1
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Or 'innit'! That makes me see red, as my Grandson as found out to his cost.
JohnHerb
26th Oct 2015
1
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Yes our kids use innit a lot and they are in their 20s. Another word used a lot is "like"...I suppose every generation has new words and with the internet they are spread quicker than ever nowdays.
dunno
17th Oct 2015
1
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well did you get the message or shoot the person delivering it , then again a dictator would always no , best would they not
its communiation thats the point if you dont get that , you dont get the point off a tear or a smile .
weres the grammer in that ? i guess i missed the point (full stop ) some were along the line . then again i never knew the difference between clever and intelligent , though i met a person who couldent read or rite, right , write who was both
woldwoollies
19th Oct 2015
0
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It's wrong to put a space in front of the commas and full stops. Correct your spelling and your punctuation - where is not weres, grammar not grammer, know not no, start a sentence with a capital letter and an apostrophe in its and dont, I not i, couldn't not couldn't, write not rite.
lindz64
18th Oct 2015
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Very funny dunno, lol! Ey by gum lad, thy's a reet 'un x
dunno
18th Oct 2015
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every ones alright as long as you dont get on their wrong side me duck
NevilleS
19th Oct 2015
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Alright is not a correct English word! It should be written all right! Even the BBC makes this mistake with the show "It will be alright on the night"!
grammamia
17th Oct 2015
1
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Yes there are some which keep on cropping up, such as loose for lose, defiantly or definately, for definitely, and one of my pet hate is seeing the word Hun, presumably short for honey.
Before long, future generations will be writing in American slang. Many of the youngsters are already speaking it. Even things like 'hey guys', I keep telling you grandchildren that a guy is a bloke, or a rope to peg down a tent. It is certainly not a little girl.
Mind you, this comment space is annoying me as I can't look back over my sentences and I always check my words before posting.
deb1712
19th Oct 2015
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Even the word makes my blood boil! Horrible.
JohnHerb
17th Oct 2015
1
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Yes very important and rightly so. If you are going to write something then at least do it correctly!
daphne4
17th Oct 2015
2
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Yes I agree with most of the comments, people do not seem to be bothered is they spell something wrong and if the grammar is not correct, but having said that I was once told when my son was at junior school that they did not mark spelling mistakes because it upset the pupils!!!
lindz64
18th Oct 2015
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Yes Daphne, it's the same at our local junior school and it makes me so angry. What is going on in this once lovely country of ours that the little darlings can't experience failing from time to time? They should know that it's good for the soul
cardyl
17th Oct 2015
2
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i am always shocked when reading comments how poor peoples spelling is & also grammar ,I usually check my posts to be sure i have spelt correctly ,but most people don't seem to be bothered
Robbinn
17th Oct 2015
3
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I have just read a newspaper article online and cannot believe how many spelling mistakes there were. This, in the age of spell-check, is terrible.
Jan Meopham
16th Oct 2015
7
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As a retired teacher lazy spelling and grammar really irritate me, especially 'should of' for 'should have'!
scandiman
19th Oct 2015
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I am annoyed by 'are you fed up OF' rather than ' fed up WITH'.
Also, TV hosts who encourage the audience to 'GIVE IT UP for our next guest'. What they mean is 'a round of applause for....'.
Spokesmen/women using 'official speak'. They are always 'working very hard' 'with our partners'. Don't even mention 'lessons will be learnt', and those other horrors, 'going forward' and ' at this present moment in time', instead of 'in future' and 'now'.
scandiman
19th Oct 2015
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Oh, I forgot. I add to the list previously given, 'this is absolutely unique'. No, it isn't. Unique is an absolute, something either is or is not, unique. It can't be almost or completely, unique.
lindz64
18th Oct 2015
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fuschial
17th Oct 2015
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Hi. Can you please explain the use of an apostrophe? Seems to be some confusion over this. As a teacher I feel you may know the correct use. Thank you.
Jan Meopham
17th Oct 2015
3
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Hi. Apostrophes are used in two ways.
1. To shorten two words by missing out a letter or letters
e.g. I am= I'm, did not=didn't, and should have= should've.

The other way they can be used is to show possession.
E.g. Tom's trains= the trains that belong to Tom. Sue's cakes= the cakes that belong to Sue.
However, if something belongs to more than one and the ownership ends in 's'( birds, cats, lions) you put the apostrophe at the end. E.g. The lions' meat = the meat that belongs to more than one lion.
If the ownership is plural and does not end in 's' the apostrophe is added before the s. E.g. The children's playground. = the playground that is for the children.

Hope you found this useful.
roverT33
16th Oct 2015
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If people see it spelt wrong and they didn't know, or had forgot, how to spell it correctly It becomes like a virus and people copy It. And so It spreads. I don't like text speak either. One of my browsers(Mozilla Firefox) has a spell checker application on but I like to add-on a dictionary. If I make a mistake it shows up and I can decide If It needs to be altered. I have also added Addictive Typing Lessons when I updated the browser today. I have done a couple college courses and own a TYTT(Teach Yourself) disc.

And we as a peer group have a responsibility to not let any of the younger generation bamboozle us. But now, more than ever before teach them from our own experience. One of the reason is because if they try to bamboozle us, they will try It on any other generations. And besides everything else It stops our brains from dying...
ann8853
16th Oct 2015
1
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I cannot stand it when people do not pronounce "thing and thought" properly and say fing and fought, they use "F" anytime a "TH" is required, do they realize how idiotic it sounds!
WhickerWan
16th Oct 2015
3
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It drives me mad when I see poor spelling. There's no need and doesn't help people when they are going for jobs - or even when they speak

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