mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest
A vocabulary thread I've wanted to start: should I? Options
MiTziGo
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:58:01 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/16/2009
Posts: 1,391
Neurons: 6,142
So, I've often seen (and heard) words misspelled to such a degree that an entirely new and incorrect word is created (I'm not talking about a simple typo here). For example, some people think "Alzheimer's disease" is actually "Old Timer's disease" and I can't tell you how many permutations of the word rapport I've seen (rappore, rapoire, reppore, etc.).

Over the past year, I've noticed a few such errors on the forums and thought, wouldn't it be enlightening if there were a thread where users who find such mistakes can correct them. I envision it being done in a format that goes something like this:

incorrect: rappore
correct: rapport
n. Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.

There would be no links to the original post or poster, but we could gently teach and correct without shaming the person. Over time, we could build up quite a collection of commonly misspelled words with their correct forms that would be an easy reference for anyone trying to learn the language or improve his skills.

The only thing is, I worry that users who are corrected will feel slighted anyway. Thoughts? (If the consensus is yes, I will start the thread, so save your examples for that one if possible.)
RARA
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:17:19 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/10/2009
Posts: 661
Neurons: 2,097
Location: Portobello on the Isle of the Great Brits
MichalG wrote:
So, I've often seen (and heard) words misspelled to such a degree that an entirely new and incorrect word is created (I'm not talking about a simple typo here). For example, some people think "Alzheimer's disease" is actually "Old Timer's disease" and I can't tell you how many permutations of the word rapport I've seen (rappore, rapoire, reppore, etc.).

Over the past year, I've noticed a few such errors on the forums and thought, wouldn't it be enlightening if there were a thread where users who find such mistakes can correct them. I envision it being done in a format that goes something like this:

incorrect: rappore
correct: rapport
n. Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.

There would be no links to the original post or poster, but we could gently teach and correct without shaming the person. Over time, we could build up quite a collection of commonly misspelled words with their correct forms that would be an easy reference for anyone trying to learn the language or improve his skills.

The only thing is, I worry that users who are corrected will feel slighted anyway. Thoughts? (If the consensus is yes, I will start the thread, so save your examples for that one if possible.)


so we would just post the misspelled word and the correct one? like in the game forums with 2 words?

Immegration >> Immigration

I love it. Applause Start the post!
Christine
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:18:34 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 4/3/2009
Posts: 3,917
Neurons: 15,842
ok or okay or OK
AJC
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:19:56 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 7/16/2009
Posts: 829
Neurons: 2,436
Location: United States, Michigan
Great idea. Applause Go forth. and post.
Articulate Dreamer
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:02:07 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/16/2009
Posts: 12,758
Neurons: 97,288
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
"Old timer's disease" for Alzheimer's disease is a great mondegreen!Applause
schrodinger's cat
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:17:04 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/12/2010
Posts: 639
Neurons: 1,977
Location: Slovenia
You can shame me anytime you want. You have my permission.
Cass
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:34:30 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 12/19/2009
Posts: 589
Neurons: 1,770
Location: United States
I always itch to correct a spelling error and have no problem with someone correcting mine.
Investigator
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:38:09 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/21/2010
Posts: 989
Neurons: 2,961
Location: Northern Nevàda
Okay, as long as it isn't obvious fat finger mistakes like "add" when the writer obviously meant and.
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 8:31:09 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/2/2009
Posts: 11,101
Neurons: 39,933
Location: Booligal, New South Wales, Australia
Color, colour
program, programme
recipe, receipe

Just the US, Aussie differences that come to mind.
nooblet
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 8:33:59 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 10/15/2009
Posts: 1,570
Neurons: 4,778
Location: United States
schrodinger's cat wrote:
You can shame me anytime you want. You have my permission.


It puts on the dress or it gets the hose again!

To be on topic, though, I completely support MichalG's endeavor. I think it's great (and I admit that I didn't know that it was rapport, I thought those were two separate words).
oxjox
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 8:53:32 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 5/20/2010
Posts: 45
Neurons: 147
Location: New Zealand
This might seem petty, but I've always been irritated by a few things I heard repeatedly in my school years. Some people still do it, too.

incorrect: F.G.
correct: Fiji

incorrect: aye
correct: eh

incorrect: yea/yer/ya
correct: yeah

I am a real national socialist (if you catch my drift) when it comes to spelling and grammar. I've heard that it is a sign that someone is a control freak, which is interesting.

Is anyone else here a control freak, or have any of you ever been accused of it?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:15:54 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/14/2009
Posts: 17,718
Neurons: 57,415
Location: Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Yep. I'm up for it - and have often wanted to say something when I see people repeatedly use things that change completely the way I read what is written (The aye/eh, yea/yeah example oxjox gave gives completely different sounds in my head to a sentence and distracts me completely from what is actually meant!!)

I, for example, only found out village didn't have an "i" in it comparatively recently. Had gone all through my school and writing career until then writing "villiage" !

Perhaps I can correct a few more of those with this great idea.
grammargeek
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:27:56 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/21/2009
Posts: 11,136
Neurons: 33,836
Location: Arizona, U.S.
I agree with the others. Go for it, Michal! Applause
mihermano
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:47:02 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 4/16/2010
Posts: 38
Neurons: 150
Location: Australia
Sounds reasonable. more ...
MiTziGo
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:40:30 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/16/2009
Posts: 1,391
Neurons: 6,142
Check out the thread: Misspellings on the Forums: Corrected.
AnthA1G
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 12:16:30 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 1/13/2010
Posts: 1,021
Neurons: 3,432
Location: New York City, New York, United States
If you see something, say something. =]
savagepriest
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 12:54:39 AM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 6/4/2010
Posts: 3
Neurons: 9
Location: India
you are free to speak in this forum Boo hoo!
srirr
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 1:02:09 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 12/29/2009
Posts: 8,507
Neurons: 484,288
Michal, I have not seen this misspelling in this forum so far, but it has become very common in emails, sms, net blogs.

People often use cum in place of come.
I want to cum. or Cum again.
(Honestly if I cum once, I need some time to cum again).
grammargeek
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 1:39:10 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/21/2009
Posts: 11,136
Neurons: 33,836
Location: Arizona, U.S.
srirr wrote:
Michal, I have not seen this misspelling in this forum so far, but it has become very common in emails, sms, net blogs.

People often use cum in place of come.
I want to cum. or Cum again.
(Honestly if I cum once, I need some time to cum again).


Srirr, perhaps you are an older man than I had thought! Those last two lines cracked me up. I get the distinct impression that you may not be familiar with a certain common American slang word. Please take a look here*, and then let me know how many shades of red you turn.

*What? Did you really expect me to explain it?
Silenced
AnthA1G
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 1:48:27 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 1/13/2010
Posts: 1,021
Neurons: 3,432
Location: New York City, New York, United States
grammargeek wrote:
srirr wrote:
Michal, I have not seen this misspelling in this forum so far, but it has become very common in emails, sms, net blogs.

People often use cum in place of come.
I want to cum. or Cum again.
(Honestly if I cum once, I need some time to cum again).


Srirr, perhaps you are an older man than I had thought! Those last two lines cracked me up. I get the distinct impression that you may not be familiar with a certain common American slang word. Please take a look here*, and then let me know how many shades of red you turn.

*What? Did you really expect me to explain it?
Silenced


LOL!!! GG, I wonder if he did on purpose! The last sentence goes too perfectly well with the meaning of cum!

This just killed me!:
Cum has a few definitions... it can be a man's semen, a female's vaginal liquids, or, the act of orgasming. Cum is a warm, thick, whitish substance that tastes different depending on what you eat. For example, if a guy ate pineapple before a blowjob, it would taste very sweet, but if he ate something like Chinese food, look out.
1) Oh... I'm cumming...
2) He then squirted his warm load of cum right down my throat.
Silenced

srirr
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 2:11:42 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 12/29/2009
Posts: 8,507
Neurons: 484,288
AnthA1G wrote:

LOL!!! GG, I wonder if he did on purpose! The last sentence goes too perfectly well with the meaning of cum!

This just killed me.


True Anthony. I DO it on purpose. And I am seeing, for the first time, someone getting killed by cum. :)

BTW GG, I am not as old as you think me to be. I can still prove it.

grammargeek
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 2:23:11 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/21/2009
Posts: 11,136
Neurons: 33,836
Location: Arizona, U.S.
srirr wrote:
AnthA1G wrote:

LOL!!! GG, I wonder if he did on purpose! The last sentence goes too perfectly well with the meaning of cum!

This just killed me.


True Anthony. I DO it on purpose. And I am seeing, for the first time, someone getting killed by cum. :)

BTW GG, I am not as old as you think me to be. I can still prove it.


It was the seemingly exaggerated time delay that threw me off.

Sounds like you have a bone to pick with me, but there is really no need to prove yourself up. I don't have a hard time trusting.
kisholoy mukherjee
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 2:30:40 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 10/31/2009
Posts: 3,729
Neurons: 7,777
Location: here and there
srirr wrote:
AnthA1G wrote:

LOL!!! GG, I wonder if he did on purpose! The last sentence goes too perfectly well with the meaning of cum!

This just killed me.


True Anthony. I DO it on purpose. And I am seeing, for the first time, someone getting killed by cum. :)

BTW GG, I am not as old as you think me to be. I can still prove it.



Cum again?Think
AnthA1G
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 3:05:38 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 1/13/2010
Posts: 1,021
Neurons: 3,432
Location: New York City, New York, United States
srirr wrote:
True Anthony. I DO it on purpose. And I am seeing, for the first time, someone getting killed by cum. :)




[image not available]


[image not available]
= Out of here. Whistle
RARA
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 3:50:21 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/10/2009
Posts: 661
Neurons: 2,097
Location: Portobello on the Isle of the Great Brits
Tovarish wrote:
Color, colour
program, programme
recipe, receipe

Just the US, Aussie differences that come to mind.


receipe???? what's that?
Tovarish
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 3:55:47 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/2/2009
Posts: 11,101
Neurons: 39,933
Location: Booligal, New South Wales, Australia
very funny srirr, also used as slang in Aust.

Love the little horse Anth, & I cant even attach a smiley face.

mkim
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:10:29 PM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 6/4/2010
Posts: 5
Neurons: 15
Location: United States
I become irrationally IRKED when I see some young people misspelling common words such as "lyk"/"like" or "wen"/"when." Perhaps this new trend, if you will, started with the frequent use of text messaging, but sometimes the contraction of the word is unnecessary. Can we please try to act educated? (I understand I may be speaking to the opposite crowd here...)
grammargeek
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:18:08 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/21/2009
Posts: 11,136
Neurons: 33,836
Location: Arizona, U.S.
mkim wrote:
I become irrationally IRKED when I see some young people misspelling common words such as "lyk"/"like" or "wen"/"when." Perhaps this new trend, if you will, started with the frequent use of text messaging, but sometimes the contraction of the word is unnecessary. Can we please try to act educated? (I understand I may be speaking to the opposite crowd here...)


Welcome to the forum mkim!

I, for one, totally support what you are saying. This is, after all, a dictionary site based on words in their full forms.
Tovarish
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 7:54:16 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/2/2009
Posts: 11,101
Neurons: 39,933
Location: Booligal, New South Wales, Australia
Oooops, Rara, maybe I should have asked 'spell check' on that one.
shaoley
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 8:05:35 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/8/2009
Posts: 234
Neurons: 740
Location: Queen City of the South
I am having a good time reading all the posts...guess I'll keep on checking this thread for another intermission/entertainment? lol
RARA
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010 6:13:46 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/10/2009
Posts: 661
Neurons: 2,097
Location: Portobello on the Isle of the Great Brits
Tovarish wrote:
Oooops, Rara, maybe I should have asked 'spell check' on that one.

What? really! and there was I hoping for a new word to add my repertoire!
RARA
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010 6:15:03 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/10/2009
Posts: 661
Neurons: 2,097
Location: Portobello on the Isle of the Great Brits
grammargeek wrote:
mkim wrote:
I become irrationally IRKED when I see some young people misspelling common words such as "lyk"/"like" or "wen"/"when." Perhaps this new trend, if you will, started with the frequent use of text messaging, but sometimes the contraction of the word is unnecessary. Can we please try to act educated? (I understand I may be speaking to the opposite crowd here...)


Welcome to the forum mkim!

I, for one, totally support what you are saying. This is, after all, a dictionary site based on words in their full forms.


Wanna instead of want to drives me NUTS especially here on the forum, I mean seriously it isn't even that much shorter to type!
Tovarish
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010 6:30:09 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/2/2009
Posts: 11,101
Neurons: 39,933
Location: Booligal, New South Wales, Australia
Rara, try the PC postings,
I invented a few there, they amused me, but I don't know if it did for anyone else.

Maybe 'receipe' is just the way I spell, which is never a given.
RARA
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010 6:32:34 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/10/2009
Posts: 661
Neurons: 2,097
Location: Portobello on the Isle of the Great Brits
Tovarish wrote:
Rara, try the PC postings,
I invented a few there, they amused me, but I don't know if it did for anyone else.

Maybe 'receipe' is just the way I spell, which is never a given.


Laughing, I will thank you, and I am sure they will also amuse me.
lorem ipsum
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2010 10:05:23 PM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 6/21/2009
Posts: 2
Neurons: 6
Location: United States
Many of today's accepted usages are ignorant corruptions of formerly sensible constructions, but still it pains me to see "hones in on" replace the correct "homes in on" and "floundering" replace "foundering." Hone means to sharpen and flounder is a fish. If it doesn't make sense, don't say it. I realize most native speakers don't give a rip and as English becomes a world language a lot of what we read on line has been written by people for whom English is a second language. Entropy happens
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.