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 spelling
does matter, for this is a public domain. We represent nursing to the consumers & potential nurses perusing this board, and to one another. Poor spelling makes the writer look like an idiot (ditto with charting).
Each time this issue is brought up, the messenger is beaten to a pulp. Please forgive me for pointing this out, but it does matter.
Apr 15, '03
I really should have been a proof reader...my sister was one actually.
This does NOT apply to allnurses. When I read ANYTHING from novels to toilet paper wrappers I spellcheck.
Small misspellings like -ible or -able etc. aren't too bad, but the two, too, to ; their, they're, there......REALLY bother me.
In chat it's considered OK to use Eng-wish....short cuts.
And I'm sorry... I LOVE elipses...my High School English teacher got me started on it. It's called conversational writing. Go figure!
Last edit by P_RN on Apr 15, '03
Apr 15, '03
Mea Culpa! I try to keep the spelling, grammar and punctuation correct but between my dyslexic typing and late night sleepiness some bad posts go through. When I reread them I edit.
But why the cringe factor?
Is this BB perceptably worse than others and if so by how much?
Are we so outstandingly bad that the public will think less of us or will they merely think - poor people you MUST be overworked to write like that!"
Do other BB have spell checkers to pick up typo's?
I am actually proud of the level of grammar and spelling on the board given there is no spell checker. I think most people make their points eloquently and if an occasional bad spelling gets posted then it can go hang.
Besides this board is not just for fully qulaified, university trained registered nurses. It is also a forum for the untrained assistants to nursing whatever they are called in whichever country. Many assistant are as intelligent as you or I, and a significant number ar MORE intelligent! The only difference between "them" and "us" is education. Take it from one who has interviewed and taught and done all of that - there are people in nursing with only marginal literacy. That they can make it onto the forum is a plus.
Their writing no matter how bad should be encouraged at all times for only through media like this will their literacy skills improve.
I will warn you now any attempt to GAG those less literate because it offends some ideal of what a nurse should be will be met with resistance, at least from this writer.
If you wish to discuss this further feel free to either PM me or Email me.
I only place this reply in the public forum to voice support for all those intimidated by their own percieved lack of eloquence.
Last edit by gwenith on Apr 15, '03