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Jul 8, 2009 10:18 AM

I wish we'd all try a little harder with spelling, punctuation, etc.


I include myself in this because I've left out words that totally changed the meaning, or transposed letters, used the wrong words, left out a key phrase. I don't usually misspell cause I'm a pretty good speller. But I wish we'd all try harder.

Here are a couple of things I can think of:

o the word is avOcado not avAcado
o the word is "have" not "of"
o lack of capitalization is annoying
o I'd like to be told when I've misused a word. For instance, I never thought about "panini" is the plural so "paninis" is wrong. Now that I know, I'll try not to make THAT mistake again :)
o Could we all take the time to proof our posts before sending?

Are there other things you can toss into this pot that we can learn from. I'm sure I'm guilty of things and would like to be less annoying to those here who put up with ME. This is probably going to get deleted because we're not supposed to tell people what to do but I'll run it up the flagpole anyway.

  1. CH has always been a "spell free" and "grammar free" zone (it was that way in the era of Leff and it continues to be so - thank goodness). If someone is misspelling the name of a restaurant or street name or town - or some other material fact that needs correcting - then that is the one exception to prove the rule. Otherwise the grammar police will completely take over the site (see grits is/are for an example of what could come to a local board near you).

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    1. re: Servorg

      I never knew that. Yes, I'd hate to see grits anywhere except on my plate. I just try to not read the biggest offenders. But maybe proofing for content? I've confused people by leaving out words, etc. And all caps and no caps? Please???????????

      1. re: c oliver

        I'll back you on the caps - now THAT'S annoying!

        1. re: Cachetes

          Well ever try typing without glasses in brite sun on a boat on a laptop with it rocking. Also leaving at 4 am with 4 hrs sleep I am sure does not help the grammer. I am lucky I do as well as I do. And when I get home, my eyes or so used to bright sun, lamps are really hard to get used to. I worked as a manager and many other professions in which this was an important quality for someone to have, however, this is a food site. Sorry, but I care less about my spelling, I do my best but if I spell something wrong, no caps, I certainly don't go back and change them. I may realize it is wrong but it is the least of my concerns. I love the site, but isn't it about food, not spelling or grammer or is it.

          1. re: kchurchill5

            I agree with you (which I mention below); I really don't care about misspellings or grammatical issues here, since for me this is a site about food, not grammar or spelling . As for caps, I don't care if there are no caps, only if there are all caps. It really does seem like shouting.

            1. re: Cachetes

              Alright, I've done a partial circle but I still wish that people would do at least a quick reread because sometimes big errors occur or we write things in such a convoluted way that it's hard to understand.

              1. re: c oliver

                Yes, sometimes something that seems clear in our own minds is clear as mud to others.

      2. re: Servorg

        Don't assume anybody here knows what all the acronyms and emoticons means ....especially when referencing a location or place, e.g., MOMA.......what's a MOMA?....

        Personally, I don't know many myself and have to look them up.

      3. I actually think CH is much better than other online communities in this regard. I'm pretty impressed by how literate most people here are. And I agree with Servorg that when the grammar police take hold, it can be very stifling.

        I say, let a hundred flowers bloom, and if it happens to occure with correct spelling and grammar, all the better.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Thanks, MMR. I hadn't seen that.

            1. re: c oliver

              And if you start at this particular post and continue down to Alan Barnes having some fun with ee cummings (that literate devil - Alan I mean) you will see the meat of the exchange as it pertains to your question:

          2. I wish that before people search for the perfect mararoon that they would first learn how to &*$%ing spell it with TWO "o"s. Sorry for the shout :)
            When there are several mispellings in a single post, I expect that english is not the poster's native language, and I give them enormous credit for what they have learned. English is a difficult second language.
            And for a few of us, it sometimes has to do with that third glass of wine...

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            1. re: Veggo

              I think you're saying that people should learn to spell it macaroon rather than macaron? I'm not sure if you were being serious, but if so... When people post searching for the perfect macaron, they're not looking for macaroons (i.e., the almond or coconut type), they're looking macarons, the French cookie. Different spelling (and pronunciation) of the same word, but also a different type of cookie, materially.

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  Once again, de tar baby, he say nuthin'.

              1. While I agree that the grammar/spelling police can be a bit stifling, I'm in complete agreement with you on trying a little harder. Perhaps, there can be a balance.

                I participate in a couple of online communities. There are varying degrees of tolerance for structure and/or content. I've seen complete meltdowns when a poster was chastised for all caps, lack of punctuation, incorrect spelling, or was the recipient of a simple statement like, "Paragraphs are your friend."

                While this is a site devoted to food, not literature or composition, we interact by use of the written word. Making certain that what we mean to say is properly expressed can usually be accomplished by a quick proof-reading of our posts.