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Discussion in 'Beginners' started by George, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    "Its know bg dill to rpr tars in dear ers"

    Now if you bought a Breakthrough manual and you found a sentence like that, what would you think? HONESTLY?

    We have suffered a recent epidemic of newcomers using terribly poor grammar, spelling and punctuation (or lack thereof). On top of that we have Twitter jargon and phone texting language thrown in for giggles. To top it off, when some of you are called to task over it, you get even more ignorant stating that we should just answer you without acting as if we're your school teacher. (Lucky for YOU I'm not as you'd be taking the course again next year.)

    I'm not talking about typo's either. We ALL make typos that we don't recheck and sometimes simple mispelled words are overlooked. That's NOT what I'm referring to.

    Outside the Current Events and the Taxidermy Industry, the site is a learning tool. If you have a true need for information, then why do you not think you have an equal responsibility to present your question legibly? The site has a "Spell Check" function, but many times a word can be spelled correctly but convey the opposite intent. You may get different answers to your questions simply because different methods work equally well depending on the persons talent and ability. For over 10 years, there's been enough information posted here LEGIBLY to make a library of methods that will save you time and aggravation. You're more than welcome to use it, but don't abuse it by implying those of us who answer you have any responsibility to interpret what you MEANT to type out. You don't have to be a college graduate to enter a post (we have significant proof that never helped some people anyway), but you could type as if you were applying for a job or a loan. If you don't, you get what you deserve.
  2. Paul C

    Paul C New Member

    THANK YOU George. And I'll add one thing......the past tense for the term "skin" is skinned. "SKUN" is not a word! ::)

  3. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    Dam g u r rt on. i ht tri to desifer dat crap. sond lik u got a rel tic tung.

    In other words........I agree.
  4. i no i,m wit u jorge

    I know my spelling is horrible, so I always click spell check. For me it boils down to simply looking more professional and not like an uneducated fool.
  5. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    I'll play Devils advocate here. I do agree that some are just too lazy to even bother using spell checker, but there are also the ones who have learning disabilities.
    I'd hate for them not to ask a question because they are afraid someone will make fun of them (like the kids did when they were in school).
    I was never any good with math so I had to be in a class for the slower kids and I was laughed at. There is nothing worse than having someone belittle you because of a learning disability.
  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Bob, will you ever stop acting like a bleeding heart liberal. You're not playing Devil's advocate, you're rationalizing.If I tell you to tar a piece of skin instead of tear it, how is that going to work? If I tell someone to use sulfuric acid and they used sulfonic acid instead, would that make any difference? If your doctor prescibed lipitor and your pharmacist gave you levitra, how do you thing that might work? I understand that most taxidermists have some learning disabilities (or we wouldn't take in some of the crap we do), but the number of legitimate learning disabled people falls FAR short of negating being expected to write legibly. I was addressing the LAZY individuals we BOTH KNOW I'm talking about.
  7. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    I should of known you would say something lame like that George.
    I'm not a " bleeding heart liberal", I'm just not a dick. I guess being perfect you wouldn't understand.
    I did say some are too lazy to bother with the spell check. But "some" have problems with spelling. But you see what you want and respond. I don't know why I bother sometimes.
  8. sluggunner

    sluggunner New Member

  9. Andrew L.

    Andrew L. Member

    George, I think your getting pretty ridicules with this whole spelling thing. I agree that people need to use the spell check, I use it ever time I post something,
    but I still miss things. Its very simple, if you don't understand that person then don't answer there question.
  10. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I rest my case. Two responses with misspelled words. Bob, you ARE a bleeding heart. Your record speaks louder than your denials. And this crap about having troubles using the computer is just more excuses. If I typed out answers the way some of you type out questions, then I can only imagine how the results would look. Sluggunner, the computer keyboard is no different than what typewriters used to have and I'm told they teach "keyboarding" in secondary schools today. You and Andrew are simply validating my initial remarks. I have a HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION and nothing more. I didn't "major" in English obviously, but I was taught the importance of the written word.

    BTW, if we didn't answer the illiterate questions sometimes presented, then the guy who wrote it would be badmouthing us for thinking we were better than him. You ain't the first cowboy that's been bucked and you won't be the last. As I said, if you'd like those of us who DO write legibly to respond like you wrote, get ready to find out the difference between sulfuric and sulfonic acid.
  11. RDA

    RDA Well-Known Member

    i mispell on puuurpose..... :D
  12. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I don't mean to pick on you, but I find this response very amusing. Even spell check can't fix every error.

    I'm with George. I don't mind a few spelling errors, I've never been a strong speller myself, but some of the posts on this site are so poorly written that I have no idea what it is they are even talking about. I think these posts are what George is referring to.
  13. Sage

    Sage New Member

    THANK YOU, George. I freaking hate poor spelling on forums... difficult to read, words can get misinterpreted... pain in the ass to try to understand. I agree with both Red & you- all of it's good points. But while I'm thinking on it wouldn't people with learning disabilities be learning taxidermy in person and not online? :eek:
  14. scpol

    scpol Wholesale Bird Taxidermy....Fan of Mike & Harry

    I'd luv to sit and argue this, but i gots to go sow a dear....
  15. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    I'm pickin' up what he's puttin' down..

    Do your best to converse in an intelligent manner.. Y U B N Meen ? is not someones best attempt.. This is not a cell phone situation, it doesn't take 3 pokes at a key to produce a letter.

    I'm sure some do have learning disabilities ,and that is just fine.. I can think of a few people who's sentences go in circles , but they are doing their best and THAT is all you can expect from a person..

    I don't look at this suggestion as putting a person down , but rather trying to pick them up..If it causes someone to look twice at their post and correct a mistake ,they may have just learned something new.

    Myself ,I don't know what it is ,but I always forget the Y when I'm trying to type "They"..Some may have picked up on it..I have ,and now I try to correct that before I ship it out to the WWW.
  16. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman $90 for your fur made into trapper hat or mitts!

    I agree with George, even moreso as I used to be a proofreader once upon a time.

    There is a HUGE difference between typos that we all make and blatant laziness because you don't want to completely spell out a whole word.

    Maybe I'm strange, but I've never become angry with someone correcting my mistakes. If no one ever told me, how am I to ever know better???

    EA... (just to pick on you ;) ) The comma goes next to the first word, not a space then a comma ;) :-*
  17. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    LOL. Wolfie,I hate the look. I also hate the little periods (.) I can't hardly see them, so I put 2 .. :D

    I'll try to adapt ::)
  18. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    I alwys thot, it was nrml,, to try 2 use da least amt of keestrks, as posble........
  19. coonhollow

    coonhollow Active Member

    I thk this pst is redonkulus kinda forgetting the Christmas spirit and killed soldiers post? Sometimes some things aren't that important in life!
  20. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    That's a fallacy of American thinking Blaine. EVERYTHING is important, some just have higher priorities that others. Christmas will be here next year and we can't do anything about soldiers in combat other than pray for their safety. Yet we CAN police ourselves so that the vastness of the internet doesn't think ALL of us are morons. It's hard to be taken seriously when we justify not being serious about ourselves.