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(Boston Globe)   Is it just me or have peoples' spelling skills descended in the last few years?   (boston.com) divider line 96
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2007-11-28 09:13:16 AM  
Apparently their grammar skills have also.
 
2007-11-28 09:14:39 AM  
No, people have always been atrocious spellers.
 
2007-11-28 09:18:06 AM  
Subby, I think you misspelled "declined".
 
2007-11-28 09:27:22 AM  
OMG R U Srius?

OKTHXBAI
 
2007-11-28 09:28:59 AM  
me express myself good
 
2007-11-28 09:29:27 AM  
Even elevators have to descend half the time.
 
2007-11-28 09:44:07 AM  
Back of, looser.
 
2007-11-28 09:56:55 AM  
Can't submitter aks a simple question without being ridiculed?
 
2007-11-28 03:38:47 PM  
Peoples, Earguy is right. Give submitter a chance.

Let them aks a question.
 
2007-11-28 03:44:34 PM  
Huk'd on Foniks werked fr mee
 
2007-11-28 04:10:55 PM  
Well I know my testicles have descended more this year.
I have ESB.
 
2007-11-28 05:08:37 PM  
From what have said skills descended? I mean, who or what are those skills' ancestors?
 
2007-11-28 06:35:27 PM  
Whut?
 
2007-11-28 06:35:35 PM  
Know, speling scills seem allright to me.
 
2007-11-28 06:36:27 PM  
ThatWomanFromMassachusetts: Subby, I think you misspelled "declined".


I chuckled!
 
2007-11-28 06:36:32 PM  
The only thing I can say for certain is that it's been 15 years since I became aware of the decline of the apostrophe as a meaningful orthographic construction.
 
2007-11-28 06:36:34 PM  
I expected the joke in the headline to be a spelling error, but was instead presented with a misused word. Is this some pathetic attempt at irony on the part of the submitter?
 
2007-11-28 06:36:39 PM  
Yes, subby, because few people realise how important English class is in grade school and high school.
 
2007-11-28 06:36:49 PM  
ROTSKY FIGHT FITE!

/Let is be brung
 
2007-11-28 06:37:05 PM  
Willie Shakes spelled his name several ways.
Christopher Marlowe did as well.

Spelling well is an ijut's boast.
 
2007-11-28 06:37:07 PM  
Dats..... ax a kwestion...
 
2007-11-28 06:37:46 PM  
Azz long azz peepole kan reed what u rote. Then no problems hear.
 
2007-11-28 06:38:02 PM  
Hah, I now see what you did there, subby. For those who didn't, pay attention to the article's actual headline.
 
2007-11-28 06:38:33 PM  
desended is just an archaic form of unsent, that's all.
 
2007-11-28 06:38:39 PM  
idk, my bff jill?
 
2007-11-28 06:38:45 PM  
Q. What is the difference between "advice" and "advise"?
A. Grammatorically, "advice" is a platonic depredation used in exculpatory phrases, as in: "My lawyer advices me that I don't know nothing about no grenade launcher." Whereas "advise" is used in all other cases, such as, "My advise is, stop taunting them constrictors."
 
2007-11-28 06:40:01 PM  
KOOLmike: ThatWomanFromMassachusetts: Subby, I think you misspelled "declined".


I chuckled!


I chuckled too until I realized that it was a play on the headline in question.
 
2007-11-28 06:40:09 PM  
I'm confused. What the fark does the headline have to do with the article? In fact, what does the article have to do with anything? It's hardly an article at all, really.
 
2007-11-28 06:40:29 PM  
hershmire: Hah, I now see what you did there, subby. For those who didn't, pay attention to the article's actual headline.

Clever..

+1 for subby
 
2007-11-28 06:40:47 PM  
Maybe subby needs:
www.bullshido.net
 
2007-11-28 06:41:38 PM  
hershmire: Hah, I now see what you did there, subby. For those who didn't, pay attention to the article's actual headline.

k thnx
 
2007-11-28 06:41:43 PM  
wut?
 
2007-11-28 06:42:11 PM  
Ahh, thanks hershmire.
 
2007-11-28 06:42:16 PM  
They unsended?

Unpossible!
 
2007-11-28 06:42:45 PM  
Savage Belief: idk, my bff jill?

idk, my bff rose?
 
2007-11-28 06:43:49 PM  
Or maybe James W. Pindell is the one who really needs the Phonics Monkey. Sorry subby.
 
2007-11-28 06:44:07 PM  
I wouldn't know. My spelling is impeccable and pretty much always has been, aside from the occasional typo or deliberate misspelling. As far as I can tell, most people have never been able to spell properly, so it's kind of like asking if a turd smells worse today than it did yesterday.

Of course, it doesn't help that we have this non-phonetic written language full of silent letters that make no sense except as historical oddities (the "b" in "debt," for example), letters with more than one sound, and sounds with more than one letter. If someone can come up with a workable solution, I'll be on board. Unfortunately, nobody has so far.
 
2007-11-28 06:44:39 PM  
pics.livejournal.com
 
2007-11-28 06:46:08 PM  
subby neds to losen up, waht a looser.
 
2007-11-28 06:46:34 PM  
Actually, the "spell-check" feature in many word processing programs has contributed to careless spelling.
 
2007-11-28 06:47:02 PM  
ThatWomanFromMassachusetts: Subby, I think you misspelled "declined".

And "people's."

Maybe it was deliberate?
 
2007-11-28 06:47:31 PM  
desended? Definately.
 
2007-11-28 06:50:01 PM  
haha i just googled 'desend' and this page was the second hit
amazing
/the first was an urban dictionary reference
//slashies
 
2007-11-28 06:50:01 PM  
Hosebeatings: I wouldn't know. My spelling is impeccable and pretty much always has been, aside from the occasional typo or deliberate misspelling. As far as I can tell, most people have never been able to spell properly, so it's kind of like asking if a turd smells worse today than it did yesterday.

Of course, it doesn't help that we have this non-phonetic written language full of silent letters that make no sense except as historical oddities (the "b" in "debt," for example), letters with more than one sound, and sounds with more than one letter. If someone can come up with a workable solution, I'll be on board. Unfortunately, nobody has so far.


I bet your farts don't stink, either.

You don't pronounce the b in debt?

You should learn esperanto.

That is all.
 
2007-11-28 06:50:38 PM  
Spelling skills haven't declined. It's just that the advent of the Internet has encouraged illiterate idiots to spend more time typing. In days past, all the numbskulls, dimwits, chuckleheads and peabrains of the world spent most of their time souping up their Chevy Nova or putting cinderblocks under their double-wide. Now days, they're all here on Fark and Digg, making witty comments about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and telling us how "hard they'd hit" Jessica Alba.
 
2007-11-28 06:51:31 PM  
movies.yahoo.com

What'joo say abou' my spelling, ese?
 
2007-11-28 06:51:59 PM  
rotsky: Actually, the "spell-check" feature in many word processing programs has contributed to careless spelling.

You heared it from the awthority, folks!
 
2007-11-28 06:52:31 PM  
hershmire: Hah, I now see what you did there, subby. For those who didn't, pay attention to the article's actual headline.

Ah! Well, that explains half the errors in Subby's headline.
 
2007-11-28 06:52:54 PM  
smeag0l: subby neds to losen up, waht a looser.

I LOL'd. Thank you.
 
2007-11-28 06:52:57 PM  
worldwide literacy rates are climbing, slowly. Not everyone takes to it. So, despite any myopic viewpoints some may have, the ability to spell, overall, is improving.

/DRTFA
 
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