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Feb 18, 2013 12:12 PM

Can't Chowhounds Spell ?


Am l the only person who is appalled at the misspellings of some posters to these boards? Would it be only 'Caesar' spelled incorrectly, oh no. It appears that the number of spelling errors in posts is amazingly high. l will not even mention my hate of 'sammies'.

  1. Have you ever been on any other boards? The spelling here is academic compared to others. Most people these days ignore spelling on boards like this.

      1. LOL, my spelling is horrific on these boards. I'm dyslexic and type too fast, add lousy typing skills on those mini keyboards? Yikes, it can be a hot mess.

        I am a little better on my mac because of its built in spell check but when I am on my phone? Sorry, but you are either going to have to ignore me or suck it up.

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        1. re: foodieX2

          I nevr notised you misspeled nothing.

        2. Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things.

          Seriously. If that is your only problem, consider yourself lucky.

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          1. re: linguafood

            Diet Pepsi stings when you snort it out your nose, as I did when I read this. I do try to not be petty about petting sweaty things though. :D Sweaty things like being petted as much as anybody else, ask my SO in the summertime.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    Just wondering if you understood what I was saying, Schweddy balls...

                        1. re: wyogal

                          There were interesting reactions when I asked some grocery clerks if they had Schweddy Balls. Thanks, Ben and Jerry's!

                        2. re: wyogal

                          Yes, I understood. I just misspelled Mr. Schweddy's name is all.

              1. Let us, also, not forget that (regarding both spelling and other aspects of posts) not 100% of the Hounds have English as their primary language...and the board is richer for their presence!

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                1. re: Monch

                  Hmmm. I'm not sure. I find Chowhound to be intensely U.S.-centric and in the balance, I'd say those posts and the misspellings are equally matched. I do check, but sometimes (as in the places I have taught) the English as a first language folks are the ones making the constant errors.

                  1. re: Lizard

                    Thanks, Lizard.

                    Perhaps I'm just overly sensitive to this eventuality.

                    I once was, well, "not myself" with a poster who was struggling to be understood.

                    Turns out the poster did not have English as their first language.

                    I was horrified at my ethno-centricity and apologized profusely. I have been much more forgiving of mis-spellings, mis-used words or phrases, since then.

                    1. re: Monch

                      I've been corrected here for my spelling, by an American.
                      I live in England.
                      Where we speak English.
                      And where the written English word is not always spelled the same way as the American English word.

                      1. re: Peg

                        That would certainly colour one's opinion of American posters!

                        1. re: Peg

                          Blame that on our first Dictionary compiler
                          " As a spelling reformer, Webster believed that English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex, so his dictionary introduced American English spellings, replacing "colour" with "color", substituting "wagon" for "waggon", and printing "center" instead of "centre"."

                          "Webster himself saw the dictionaries as a nationalizing device to separate America from Britain, calling his project a "federal language", with competing forces towards regularity on the one hand and innovation on the other."

                          1. re: paulj

                            no, I'd pretty much blame that on a rather ethnocentric, not very considerate person.

                      2. re: Lizard

                        "Hmmm. I'm not sure. I find Chowhound to be intensely U.S.-centric..."

                        I once made that assumption in a topic I posted and got lambasted for doing so. People came out of the woodwork to chastise me about these boards being read and posted on by people around the world. Who knows.

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          Well, as one of those people who posts from outside the U.S., I'd say that my perception is that the majority of posters and impressions come from North America-- mostly U.S. and Canada, although I haven't checked the Asia boards. (France has its collection and UK has a few, but I don't fault the Americanness as Chow has American provenance.)

                          And NAF and Food Media are mostly populated by the American contingent. Not solely, mind, but mostly.

                          This is not to say that Chowhounds are not cosmopolitan-- but rather, to challenge the assumption that most of the grammar/spelling problems come from the ESL crowd.

                          1. re: Lizard

                            I'd be with Lizard.

                            The topical boards seem heavily US-centric. As do many of the regional boards - take, for example, the Spain board, were the vast majority of posts are clearly made by Americans visiting a small number of destinations in the country. Chowhound does not, generally, attract contributions to that board from the millions of Europeans who visit the country each year (or, indeed, the considerable numbe rof those Europeans who live, work or own property there.

                      3. re: Monch

                        No. For me, Mississippian is my primary language. English is my second language.


                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          and being a brooklynite, new yawk is my primary language.

                          dunno if i can really say that i've learned english yet.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            I feel as you do. Mississippian in my "first language," though I have tried to make a study of US English, and often communicate on other boards in UK English, if for no other reason, than to colour the posts.


                          2. re: Bill Hunt

                            'as why I nevah unnastan wotevah dey stay saying li'dat. Planny buggahs in dis place dey talk all kine fancy stuffs 'bout food li'dat yah, but den wen come time fo talk to da oddah guyz wot stay from one nodda kine place dey come all hemajang, yaknow, dey stay all jam up das why. juslik dey nevah hab da kine expeerience wit da odda pepols befoah yah? 'as why hahd.

                            (One can not begin to describe how difficult it was to get those few words on screen, It may have permanently disabled auto correct. One can always hope.)

                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                              (mental image of your computer simultaneously weeping and emitting little puffs of smoke)

                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                OTOH, when a native Hawai`ian, or perhaps an ex-pat from the Islands, posts, the pidgin English can be interesting.

                                Now, for those, who post IN Hawai`ian, I have several dictionaries, but those only go so far, and Google Translate has not added Hawai`ian, at least not the last time that I checked.