- Jan 26, 2010
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What is the proper use of the semicolen in English?
Hey, you started it!To think that this is a thread on TRF scraes me
It is one thing to make typing errors; it is quite another to be unaware of correct spelling and grammar or to be too unconcerned to go back and correct one's mistakes. But aside from that, we all probably realize that there are internet users who have dyslexia to varying degrees. They rarely if ever announce that fact on the network unless the topic is specifically about it. One may also encounter users who have poorly managed ADHD or OCD, both of which can wreck havoc on the person's ability to produce neatly typed posts. So when we see examples of incorrect spelling or punctuation or not quite orthodox grammar, we should at least entertain the possibility that the person is doing the best that he or she can. In order of likelihood, such errors can be due to less-than-proficient typing, carelessness to some degree or another, or else a certain amount of difficulty communicating via text. For the most part, errors are tolerated due to recognition of the possibility of either the first or last factor. We don't always overlook them (that would require the patience of a saint) but most of the time we do. Bad typists usually improve with practice, and people with neurological issues work hard to limit the number of mistakes that they make. For both of those groups, errors become less frequent or at least less glaring over time. It is the lazy folks in the middle category, the users who simply don't care, that are so annoying.As for myself, some may often see me botch words I typed. It is due to a severe case of the typos. My fingers do not always correctly type the words I was trying to get them to type... Sometimes my proofreading misses them, and sometimes spellchecking software either misses them or replaces with a different word I did not intend.
- George Living in a galss houes Gassaway
Personality plays a part as well. I used to work in a building where the salesmen were next to the engineering office and a friendly rivalry of sorts ensued. Among the things we'd harass one another over was spelling in interdepartmental email. Strangely, sales misspelled words far more often than engineering. We finally figured it out this way: Salesmen *thought* they could spell and often couldn't. Engineers *knew* they were lousy spellers and so all of them made sure that every spellchecker on their computer was turned on..... Bad typists usually improve with practice, and people with neurological issues work hard to limit the number of mistakes that they make. For both of those groups, errors become less frequent or at least less glaring over time. It is the lazy folks in the middle category, the users who simply don't care, that are so annoying.
Yeah - and then there's the Interrobang!Just dont go asking how to use an asterick *.
- George Gassaway
* - It is ASTERISK, but so many say/write asterick that is is silly. :confused2: