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Show Of Hands December 26th, 2012 12:00am

Do you try to correct all typos before sending text messages?

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susanr Colorado
12/27/12 12:36 am

I try pretty hard to correct them, and yet more of them have been getting through lately. I think my fingers are getting fatter and my brain foggier. I get very frustrated with myself when I look at a comment or text message and see even minor errors in it.

redwaller
12/26/12 11:34 pm

Grammar and spelling are completely different things. I do fairly well in the area of grammar, but i have a fair amount of difficulty trying to spell.

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redwaller
12/26/12 11:30 pm

I try to fix most of them unless im not feeling like it, or its a word like im :)

RJ1969 SoCal
12/26/12 11:24 pm

Isn't the question about texting and not proper speech? No one here is speaking the language, but we are writing.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/26/12 11:23 pm

Can we work on the "If you live (present tense)/went (past tense) or go to (present tense) school" while we are at it?

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/26/12 11:18 pm

Use of the phrase "go to school in America" is also questionable.

public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/american.html

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/26/12 11:17 pm

OCD should be O. C. D. since it is an abbreviation of obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Comet? Tennessee
12/26/12 11:15 pm

See Mississippi graphic is very close over 50% No. What is so wrong with MS?

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/26/12 10:54 pm

Couldn't....I couldn't care less.

As in, I couldn't care less as to the etiology of this phrase.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
12/26/12 10:44 pm

superreliguy - spot on. I couldn't care less is correct and devolved through carelessness, mishearing, and some degree of ignorance. We don't teach all idioms in public education - there's just not time.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
12/26/12 10:42 pm

superreliguy - spot on. I couldn't care less is correct and devolved through carelessness, mishearing, and some degree of ignorance. We don't teach all idioms in public education - there's just not time.

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dudley northern Virginia woods
12/26/12 10:30 pm

Let' s just say I review what I've typed, hope the typo genie isn't sleeping, cross my Ingres , I mean fingers and send it to the cloud zone. Cross my Delacroix?

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supereliguy Andromeda
12/26/12 10:28 pm

I've always been perplexed by the expression "I could care less." I hear people say it, but it makes no sense. Was originally "I couldn't care less" then it evolved into could?

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supereliguy Andromeda
12/26/12 10:25 pm

I always correct my typos becore sending a message.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/26/12 10:13 pm

Perhaps some counseling is in order.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/26/12 10:12 pm

I really could care less. Trying to type on an iPad or iPhone keyboard hardly facilitates easy communication without errors.

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EarlyBird Portland
12/26/12 8:57 pm

I agree with LMurder. People that get worked up over a misspelled word or a missing comma, kinda make me laugh.

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ilikepi Somewhere near Japan
12/26/12 8:50 pm

Tony should temporarily ban people who make certain lazy spelling errors. Call it "The Grammar Hammer".

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ilikepi Somewhere near Japan
12/26/12 8:47 pm

What does that have to do with anything

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anTONIarchist FL
12/26/12 8:39 pm

If you live/went or go to school in America, it's your responsibility to speak the language PROPERLY. Poor grammar peeves me to no extent, and I have extreme OCD on top of that. It's a matter of respect. I grew up in Germany too- no excuses!

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elleck SOH Fan Club
12/26/12 8:35 pm

To most teenagers if you say "that's hilarious," it would seem sarcastic. To an adult maybe not.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
12/26/12 8:17 pm

It's not small to those of us who have to hold down a job to pay the bills.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
12/26/12 8:16 pm

I also use correct capitalization and punctuation. No excuse for willful poor grammar.

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jeffro02
12/26/12 7:59 pm

There is a significant disconnect between the results of this poll and a quick read through of the recent text messages that I have received.

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listgarten SF Bay Area
12/26/12 7:40 pm

Correct them after u send them

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wythanee
12/26/12 7:24 pm

No, TopsQueen. But possibly a lack of a dictionary.

lmurder MDK
12/26/12 6:34 pm

No. Autocorrect slaughters my grammar and its fun to see people get ircked over something so small.

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swervin Maryland
12/26/12 6:30 pm

Is it any wonder that Mississippi was the only state where a majority voted no? Haha

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
12/26/12 6:26 pm

OK, but that's another reason I don't use AP style. Generally more prescriptive authorities like the serial comma for clarity while descriptivists like to follow the crowd and omit it. Like you say, we're both right. :)

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lindiihop Michigan
12/26/12 6:09 pm

Yes, always. I'm a bit of a grammar nazi, so I feel obligated to do it. Plus, that pesky auto-correct tends to make mistakes you don't really notice, which makes it even more necessary.

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BadUsername
12/26/12 5:20 pm

I nver mkae any spellign erors anyways so I dnt evn hve to worrie about thta

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/26/12 5:11 pm

No, mine are already vetted. But I might fact check some I find here. :)

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EarlyBird Portland
12/26/12 5:06 pm

Tops - I don't recall you ever making an error, and even if you did, I couldn't care less.
As long as I'm able to grasp what you're trying to convey, I'm happy.

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wythanee
12/26/12 4:59 pm

How about saying, "That's hilarious"? Wouldn't that convey mirth?

godcyanide Probably gone for good
12/26/12 4:53 pm

iPhone spellcheck helps! :) I tend to use a lot of abbreviations when I text, so I checked "no" here. I try to be respectful of people with limited texting plans.

JackTorS Clap you stupid bastards
12/26/12 4:49 pm

The use of the serial comma is a matter of choice in this instance. In fact, the Associated Press Stylebook advises against it.
I guess we're both right.

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wythanee
12/26/12 4:49 pm

Correction: Depends whom I'm texting.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
12/26/12 4:43 pm

As a " prescriptive grammarian," I feel a responsibility to the language and society to correct my own spelling, grammar, & punctuation and those of others. It annoys me when others care so little for orthography that they take offense at friendly correction. :)

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HolyBabble Mississippi
12/26/12 4:39 pm

Here's an idea for a poll question.

Do you fact check your "quotes" before you post them to SOH?

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
12/26/12 4:35 pm

You missed the serial (or "Oxford") comma in your first paragraph. :)

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gonzoboy Arizona
12/26/12 4:35 pm

Yes. Always. It's an OCD 'thing'.

thelowend imitation is flattery
12/26/12 4:30 pm

your and you're. holy Christ I have a stroke seeing that crap.

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EIT Near You
12/26/12 4:25 pm

What you and how you send a message is a reflection of you.

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HolyBabble Mississippi
12/26/12 4:11 pm

Intercourse i do, who does aunt?

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CindyInTx
12/26/12 3:37 pm

Depends who I'm texting, and how bad the mistakes are...

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Burned Missouri
12/26/12 3:27 pm

Its jst stuped

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