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Mar. 31st, 2010

06:41 pm - C'MON INTERNET

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Dear Internet:

PLEASE stop spelling "come on" as "common". The proper contracted form is "c'mon". "Common" and "c'mon" have different pronunciations and meanings!

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From:alfador_fox
Date:March 31st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
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AGREED. Also, the "lose"/"loose" dichotomy needs to be STRICTER.
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From:vermillionfox
Date:March 31st, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Try spelling it as "CHAG PESACH!" XD
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 1st, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
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That's sad.
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From:patcat
Date:April 1st, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
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Also bothersome are people who type 'definitely' as 'definately' or 'definatly' -- or, worse, 'defiantly.'
Also also, it's stands for 'it is' or 'it has'. Otherwise, it's its. It's definitely not its'.
Also x 3, is the subjunctive tense that hard to figure out?
(Insert "OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD" article from The Simpsons here.)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 1st, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
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To be precise, the subjunctive is a mood, not a tense.

But yes, every time I see someone write "defiantly" when they mean "definitely", I want to defiantly smack them!

I gotta wonder, do they just not teach spelling at all in school anymore, or what?
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From:alfador_fox
Date:April 1st, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
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Also: 'destroy' / 'destory'
'your' / 'you're' *teeth grind*
'the' / 'teh' I've been guilty of this one myself many times for reasons of typos left uncorrected in the heat of battle... but there are those people who use the misspelling intentionally, or even PRONOUNCE it that way.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 1st, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
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Strangely, I'm a proofreader/editor and can't recall ever seeing that mistake. But starting an invitation with "Common baby" will get you a virtual slap, I imagine.

One of the most common and forgivable types of spelling error is the mixup of "-ent" and "-ant." There's no hard and fast rule for words with those endings; you just have to learn by rote. Still, I am tired of "independant."

Writing "it's" for "its" is common enough not to annoy me. I learned the difference pretty late in life myself.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 1st, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Apparently whether a word takes -ant or -ent depends on the Latin participle it was derived from, and which declension it was. And sometimes even that gets messed up if it went through French! Friggin' Romans, Normans, Franks, et al., and their excessively complicated languages. I wish schwa had been added to the English alphabet, so we could just write 'indəpendənt', 'əffect', 'sepərət', etc., and not have to fuss over nonintuitive vowəl choicəs.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:April 1st, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I must say I haven't seen it either, but I take great pride in hanging out in areas of the Internet where only smart people who know how to spell and argue critically hang out, I haven't seen a reason yet for me to go elsewhere. (Well, for things like news sites and YouTube, I just don't read the comments section, because that's not what I'm there for ... )
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