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(Telegraph)   Younger internet user's are more likey to judge spelling and grammer online   (telegraph.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-12-09 09:29:55 AM  
2 votes:

Pista: "user's" ??


Apparently, younger internet users are also more likely to react to poor punctuation before reading the entire sentence.
2012-12-09 04:26:54 PM  
1 vote:

Quantumbunny: Me too. Can't figure out if the people in charge of journalistic style are idiots, or deliberately trying to ruin the English language. Between writing for a 6th grade reading level, "after the jump" shenanigans, lack of Oxford comma (and other comma failure), misuse of words like irony, lack of editing, and laundry list of other English abominations, I'm nearly convinced it's a purposeful, systematic attack on our language.


I always use the Oxford comma, partially because of the ambiguities that can be caused by its omission, and partially because it more accurately matches with the cadence of the spoken sentence. When reading a list, you do insert a pause at that location, and since the whole function of punctuation is to help represent how the sentence should be vocalized, the comma seems appropriate.
2012-12-09 11:02:43 AM  
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2012-12-09 10:54:59 AM  
1 vote:
Ok, what irritates me more than the misuse of the apostrophe is the selective misuse of it. Some people will make plural words possessive in some instances but not in others. Here's the prime example of what I mean. I copied this, word for word, from Hubpages:

"Inmate's having nothing to do, except think up new con's to play on unsuspecting, friends, family and pen-pals."

Inmates gets an apostrophe apparently, but friends and pen-pals don't. I don't get these new rules of bad grammar.

Oh wait, I forgot to Randomly capitalize Words in the middle of sentences...
2012-12-09 10:24:10 AM  
1 vote:
This thread literally makes me want to kill someone.
2012-12-09 09:59:45 AM  
1 vote:
Why is it so hard for people to use apostrophe's correctly?
2012-12-09 09:59:41 AM  
1 vote:
I helped my uncle Jack, off a horse.
I helped my uncle jack off a horse.
/Grammar matters.
2012-12-09 08:42:02 AM  
1 vote:
Irregardless, it's a mute point. These sorts of mistakes run the gambit from compleat missentnces up to simple misspelings but I could care less about them.
 
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