And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I just gotta say it

There are a lot of folks in this world who really need to go back to school. Seriously.

I have been hanging out on craigslist quite a bit, trolling for things for our future house. I am shocked and appalled at the spelling I am finding on these listings! Even if craigslist doesn't have a spell check feature, you would think that these folks would look something up in a dictionary.

Antic= antique

wreck room = rec(reation) room

And grammar! When did they stop teaching the whole "there, their, they're" thing?!

Some things I can blow off as typos, and that is fine. It just frightens me to see that these people don't care enough to express themselves in an understandable manner.

K, rant over I promise.


Gina said...

I always seem to zero on errors too, especially in my co-workers' things. Yet, I am a horrible typer on the laptop keyboards (I use one at work and one at home); the keys seem to be harder to strike. I also think about 15 seconds faster than my fingers and end up with a here for hear. And, I forget to edit quite often.

I do know (no) what you mean...;-)

Deb said...

I have a huge intolerance for spelling and grammatical errors. It's just one of my little quirks. I should have gone into editing as a profession.

jenny said...

oh me too, me too! I have such a pet peeve for spelling and grammar errors! Nothing against deaf people, but to be honest, deaf people usually have lots of grammar errors because of the way our language is, but usually have good spelling because some words don't have signs. Not always, but lots of times.

I remember reading a hearing friend's paper and being shocked at all the grammar and spelling errors and then realized it wasn't just a "deaf thing"!

BTW, congrats on the house and I know it's exciting!!

e4 said...

Oh man! Craigslist cracks me up some days. It's amazing how many things are "for sell"...

But seriously, if you're going to advertise their services as a horse chiropractor, you should at least be able to spell it.

Congrats on the house!

Chile said...

I concur. It is appalling to see the rampant errors on craigslist. I actually have to restrain myself from sending some of them e-mails with corrections.

Wendy said...

I had a high school teacher who signed my yearbook "Your a nice girl." Ugh! Even as a HS junior, I knew that was wrong!

I think the unfortunate truth is that the people writing those ads learned those things in school, which is too bad. I could tell you stories, but I won't. I will say, however, literacy comes from experience, which is to say that the way to learn good grammar and spelling is to be exposed to reading material in which good grammar and spelling is prevalent. Unfortunately if Harry Potter is the example of "good literature" to which our population is most exposed, expect to see a lot more "antic" things for the "wreck room" being "for sell" on Craigslist. Too bad more folks don't care enough to figure out the difference. It makes the hair on the back of this former English teacher's neck stand on end :).

Lisa said...

I think your so write... their our alot of stoopid pepol out they're!

barefoot gardener said...

HAH! Lisa, that was great.

I am glad to know I am not the only one disturbed by our uneducated public!

RuthieJ said...

Amen Girlfriend! I worked as a publications specialist at a "major medical center" here in Rochester for about 4 years, where "perfection" was expected. Their policy was that even e-mails and other internal correspondence should be letter perfect. What really fries me are the misspellings in our local newspaper and on the the TV station.
So now you know, it's not just you! ;-)