poor spelling -- it matters - page 3

I just read one of my own posts & cringed when I discovered all of the misspelled words. Luckily we have an "edit" button. Yes, we're not in school. And yes, a post is not an essay. But the sloppy... Read More

  1. by   karenG
    spellings? just remember that we spell words differently over here- so what may look like a mistake could be correct!! for example- I spell color ........colour!! I'm getting used to way you all spell!!

    Karen
  2. by   betts
  3. by   yannadey
    I take my mosby medical dictionary to work so I can check my spelling( if I'm unsure of the spelling) before I chart. Here on the BB I love the edit button & if I have typos...... "I'm only human born to make mistakes" .... that's the lyrics from a 80's song can't remember the groups name.
  4. by   OrthoNutter
    I apologise to all those who cringe at my typos and elipses....haha...I love knowing that what I do has a name. :P I have to say when I visit this board it's generally before night duty or after an evening shift. My brain is usually putty by then...I make typos, sometimes I even make (God forbid) grammatical errors and I put my punctuation in the wrong place from time to time. Sometimes my brain is thinking so fast....and I know you people who have a hot temper like myself will identify with this....that my fingers just can't keep up. But I really could not give a rats.

    I can advocate for my patient...I can interpret handwriting FAR worse than my typing at the speed of lightning...I can communicate with all the doctors of non-English speaking backgrounds in order to get the best care possible for my patients. My professionalism, or perceived lack thereof, does not come across in how well/poorly I communicate on a BB....it comes across in the way I deal with people at work and how well I do my job.

    And in the end, isn't that what really matters?
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Certainly you have better things to concern yourself with? I hope so....

    As for myself; I find I judge people's thoughts not by spelling quality, but by articulation (or lack of it). THAT is a true measure to me of that person's ability to communicate. But hey, it's just me......

    and no--- I am not an English grammar whiz...JMO Somethings we just need to get over and I am not too worried about professional writing in an informal forum such as this. I have bigger things to worry over and fish to fry....don't we all? This is not university here......
  6. by   P_RN
    I for one never intended for this to be more than light hearted personal opinion. To me looking at spelling is just like the someone who has to straighten a picture frame or pick up a piece of lint from a table. It is an automatic thing to do. I hold no one to any higher standard than being able to communicate.

    Someone mentioned math vs spelling...I am not gifted in math..it came very hard to me with much studying and constant rechecking. However, correct math is the standard and I would never "guess" at a dose or formula or drip rate.

    I spell...that's all I intended to say...I spell.
  7. by   Hooligan
    My husband has a different bad habit- commas. He is SO articulate- best speaker I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Very intelligent. When he types, he types like this, you see, because, well, he was, told to put a comma, where you would pause to take a breath, or to put emphasis, and it turns out like, THIS. It drives me crazy. I'm his editor for school papers and such, and I'm like, DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!!
    HA HA!!!! Finally, someone else who was taught my way!!! I must admit, I too, am guitly of comma abuse!!! And get this...I got my BA in English!!! LOL!!!! My friend (who became an editor) always proof read all my papers and cringed at my superfluous comma usage. Ah well...I have since discovered elipses...

    Overall, I have to say that repeated mispellings and incorrect usage of common words is a bit of a pet peeve of mine too. I always try to present myself as intelligently as possible...sometimes I fail miserably at it though...Like the time I told my mom that I didn't want a salad because "I get enough cleavage at home"...I meant roughage. Or the time I told a family friend that "the Dr. gave me hemorrhoid injections"...sigh...I meant steroid. Or the time I asked my mechanic to clarify that "my knockers were lifting" when in fact "my lifters were knocking." Tee Hee...:imbar

    I try not to take myself too seriously...unless seriousness is needed.

    ~Bean
    Last edit by Hooligan on Apr 16, '03
  8. by   P_RN
    originally posted by yannadey
    here on the bb i love the edit button & if i have typos...... "i'm only human born to make mistakes" .... that's the lyrics from a 80's song can't remember the groups name.
    craig david - human lyrics
    to the heart, tick tock you don't stop, stop x 8

    come on, baby, dry your eyes
    wipe your tears
    never meant to see you cry
    craig david's on the rise (uh-uh)
    check it out

    i wouldn't ever try to hurt you
    i just needed someone to hold me
    to fill this void while you were gone
    to fill this space of emptiness (oh lady)

    chorus
    i'm only human
    of flesh and blood i'm made
    i'm only human (what what?)
    born to make mistakes (tell me whatcha gonna do?)

    if you wanna say goodbye
    that's your deal (whatcha gonna do)
    i'll just have to settle my time
    till you're near (lady)

    i wouldn't ever try to hurt you (nah-nah, nah-nah)
    i just needed someone to hold me (to hold me, yeah, yeah)
    to fill this void while you were gone (whatcha gonna do?)
    to fill this space of emptiness (oh lady)
    check it out and we don't stop

    i'm only human (to the, to the)
    of flesh and blood i'm made (to the heart, tick tock you don't stop, stop)
    i'm only human
    born to make mistakes

    to the heart, tick tock you don't stop, stop x 9
    craig david's on the rise (uh-uh, check it out)

    check it out
    i'm only human
    what am i suppose to feel
    i'm only human (lady, lady)
    i'm only human what am i suppose to do
    born to make mistakes (i'm born to make mistakes)

    i'm only human (i'm only human)
    i'm only human
    what am i suppose to do now baby (what am i suppose to do?)
    i'm only human (i'm only human)
    what am i supposed to do (lady)
    human lady, human, human baby
    i'm only human hey lady, hey lady
    what am i supposed to do?
    i'm only human (i'm only human)
    born to make mistakes

    chorus to fade
  9. by   jnette
    Y'know, when I went to school, and we had to write an essay, ( this actually pertained to ANY exam, for that matter) ... the essay in content and style could be perfect, but if you had more than one or two spelling errors, you flunked it ! They were really that strict on spelling, and I am now grateful for it. I see kids pass exams these days, and essays turned in on crumpled up paper, written in pencil (not allowed when I went to school), and the penmanship and spelling are appalling ! I just don't understand how we can pass kids with this kind of spelling, I really don't. I don't think it is right at all. It does the students a great disservice.

    As for here... I don't care much. It's what you have to say that interests me more. Although I DO notice the real stand-out errors.. not the occas'l typos which we all make, myself included.

    I also remember my dad doing something which really annoyed me as a kid, but am grateful for now. If we didn't know the meaning of a word, or asked how to spell a certain word... he would ALWAYS make us go look it up in the dictionary then come back and tell HIM the meaning, or the spelling. He never would just tell us how to spell it, or the meaning... nope... HAD to go look it up.

    I'm glad of that now.

    Oh! Karen G... I was taught to spell with the "OU" as well, and it will occasionally still slip in there at times.
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    What really irks me is not spelling or even gramatical errors in everyday life (like here) but when my kids teachers send home notes or announcements that are FULL of spelling and gramatical errors. I mean these are the people who are suppose to be teaching our KIDS!
    I take a red pen and circle a comma not needed or put one in, correct spelling errors, indicate where a new paragraph should go and write notes like "run on sentence" with a little arrow.
    Then I sign it and have the kids return them to the principal.
    hmmm...funny I never get a response.
    -Russell
  11. by   KP RN
    My spelling pet peeves are the incorrect use of:
    your and you're
    to, two, and too
    there, their, they're,
    and the use of GOOD instead of WELL.
    OK, I feel better now...
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    I feel gooder too.
    -R
  13. by   Hooligan
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    What really irks me is not spelling or even gramatical errors in everyday life (like here) but when my kids teachers send home notes or announcements that are FULL of spelling and gramatical errors. I mean these are the people who are suppose to be teaching our KIDS!
    I take a red pen and circle a comma not needed or put one in, correct spelling errors, indicate where a new paragraph should go and write notes like "run on sentence" with a little arrow.
    Then I sign it and have the kids return them to the principal.
    hmmm...funny I never get a response.
    -Russell
    God Love Ya Rusty!!!! WOO HOO!!!! I would love to be a fly on the wall when they get that!!! LOL!

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