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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:03AM (Unverified) said

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If I can understand people, I don't care in games. I also generally leave out end punctuation in games, and don't talk in complete sentences. When I get e-mails from students or from work that are bad though, then I start judging.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:04AM (Unverified) said

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I find incorrect or "1337" spelling and grammar highly disturbing. It really reduces my immersion in the game world.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 9:56AM (Unverified) said

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You mean spelling loses your "immersion" more then the chat box, big monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse? Yea, I don't like people who don't use correct grammar on purpose or those who have a complete and total lack for pride and spell like a fourth grader...

but you lose your immersion from it? I wish I could find a game that had me so immersed that I didn't notice I was playing on a computer in a fantasy land.
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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 11:28AM ployer said

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@Korz apparently you are not familiar with the concept of "Suspension of Disbelief" ?
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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:13AM CCon99 said

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And here I was about to judge just from the title and laugh for using "your" instead of "you're" when calling someone an idiot. Luckily I read what the article was about before commenting. =P

I'm not to bad on others for spelling errors, sometimes people are in a hurry to type and type out faster then they are thinking. I can also overlook errors like "your" over "you're", or "there" instead of "their" or "they're". What drives me nuts is when people spell stuff wrong on purpose. Like using "moar" over more, or "I can has" over "I can have". Making mistakes because you're in a rush or hurry is one thing, making them to attempt to be funny just makes you sound like a moron instead.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 1:03PM thud said

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"I can has" is not an intentional mistake. I hear it all the time in the classroom from students who speak English as their second language. It's a matter of different languages putting the parts of speech in different orders and then getting lost in translation.

I'm sure sound you would silly in language another that not is your tongue native too.
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Posted: Dec 18th 2009 2:52PM (Unverified) said

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You mean "I'm not TOO bad on others" :)
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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:22AM SkuzBukit said

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The most annoying for me so far is in DDO, where there is a persistent epidemic of people calling Rogues "Rouges", don't they even bother to sound out how that works phonetically, or bother to read the spelling on their character screen?

I guess the reason why this is so annoying is because generally typos do not look like an actual other word like this one does.

So, Rogue sounds like "Rowg" hard g, & is a stab you in the back kind of class, & Rouge sounds like "Rooj" soft j, and is a cosmetic used to colour the cheeks, or French for the colour red.

Maybe I'm being xenophobic (unintentionally) but it's on the American game servers that I see this the worst, on EU servers I rarely see this bad spelling, perhaps the proximity to France & a greater awareness that Rouge = a cosmetic/red in French plays a part, not all Americans spell it wrong of course, but so many do it's quite staggering..


I do try to use correct English ( I make allowances for American English ) though the shortened acronyms don't bother me (LoL, GTFO etc are fine), mind you the chat filter in DDO is kinda idosyncratic, for example the word "mysogynist" gets filtered, penetration (as in spell penetration), it's pretty bizarre at times.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 9:13AM (Unverified) said

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Yes, yes, yes. This is by far my biggest pet peeve, and if someone hadn't already written about it, I was going to.
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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:23AM shinkie said

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'Your' and' You're' are one of my all time annoyances, along with the above mentioned 'Their' and 'There' . I can handle ur/u but I have a low tolerance for it.
No capitalization doesn't bother me as, but numbers and abbreviations or internet speak like LOL/ROFL that are used every sentence can get quite annoying.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:23AM (Unverified) said

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I just ignore local chat most of the time, if not for the lack of proper "shpeeling" and "grahamer", then for the scary and disturbing conversations going on, which usually has a fair share of spelling and grammatical errors so it's a double dose of "No thank you!"

In general I'll type out what I want to say so I don't confuse whomever I talk to with gibberish and abbreviations of abbreviations. but I do understand that spelling mistakes happen, and english is not everyone's first language, but srsly gais dis is stoopid.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:24AM Dumac said

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It doesn't really bother me.

There is an obvious distinction when someone is misspelling something, and when someone is just being a jerk. You know it when you see it. Jerks do annoy me, but misspelling and misuse of language doesn't. If i can understand it, i don't care.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:33AM (Unverified) said

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Sadly, half the people who read your headline won't get it. Does it upset me? Yes! I understand that sometimes you're in a hurry and don't have time to type out long words or use proper punctuation. Okay, fine. But you're just poorly educated if you don't understand why you should be typing "you're" and not "your" or "too" instead of "to." That's just stupidity. You fail at life. Good luck getting into a decent university if that's how you spell on your college entrance essay.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 5:54PM Laren said

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Poor education is to blame. I didn't learn how to write (not saying I'm all that good now, but at least I am better) until I took a University History class, where we had to write a paper a week.

They don't teach you the basics in English class anymore. Seems like everyone always assumed that the differences between there/their, your/you're, its/it's are so easy, everyone must already know the difference. To this very day, I have to reconsider most of my "it's" vs. "its".

Back on topic, it annoys me because people don't care that it is wrong. It also makes me wonder who I'm playing with, and sometimes wonder why I am...
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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:55AM (Unverified) said

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Yes, I also do it. But when playing EVE sometimes you have to type so damn fast that grammar comes in second place.

I'm not that bad, I only use "u", "rdy", "ceptor", "dictor", etc... All EVE players out there will know what I'm going on about.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:38AM Liander said

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Setting aside issues where someone lacked the proper education due to work constraints and/or medical issues, I feel that I too find the lack of proper grammar annoying.
I am by no means a "grammar nazi" as I do occasionally make mistakes, but at least I try to keep my text as clear and functional as possible. The issue I have with those that continuously misspell is that they do so more out of laziness than anything else.
Whenever I make a mistake, be it while talking or writing, I always (given that I actually notice it) try to correct myself, for a variety of reasons including form and personal pride.
Unless you wish to become the next New York Times best-selling author, it takes a totally acceptable amount of effort to master the basics of spelling, and doing so could actually help you in the real world (you don't see many high profile professionals making errors in grammar or speech after all!).
The beginning of civilization is commonly considered starting from the emergence of the first forms of written language in ancient Sumer (modern day Iraq ironically). I believe we should all take that into consideration before writing "teh keik is a l1e" in chat next time...

FYI I'm italian!

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:48AM (Unverified) said

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It annoys me, but at the same time, I'm guilty of the "lol as punctuation". Not because I think it's funny or anything, it's just that I'm sarcastic by nature and don't want people to think I'm being venomously snarky. >_>

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:51AM lizardbones said

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I shoot for "can be read quickly". This usually means short sentences with as much normal grammar as possible. I tend to use very little "chat speak", since it doesn't make things any faster and can confuse people. I use virtually no punctuation, since each line is a full thought or sentence and the period is implied. Caps and a * around words are used for emphasis.

For IM though, I use whatever gets the message across with the fewest keystrokes on my unresponsive phone keypad.

I read an article about people who typeset for a living (they layout the science fiction novels you read, pick fonts, etc.) who have using different fonts in advertisments and signs as a pet peeve. I bet people who's jobs depend on spelling and grammar have the misuse of spelling and grammar as a pet peeve because they spend so much time looking to fix it.

Everyone else just uses the spelling and grammar check in the software they use. Once the automated spelling/grammar checks are gone, their ability to spell and use proper grammar goes away too.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:56AM Its Utakata stupid said

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When I type in chat...I try to put down what I consider some resemblance to the English language, because I think using some variance of l33t speak makes players sound like drooling morons. I don't want to sound like that. What I find frustrating though, that I often trip myself up with my own silly typo's, making me sound no better than the l33t speakers, let alone making any sense. /sigh

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 9:03AM lizardbones said

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I think it's "whose", not "who's".

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