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Importance of correct grammer

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Those of us who utilize the written word should take note of the importance of correct grammar.


I have noticed that many who email, have forgotten the "art" of capitalization.


Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.


                         


I hope I've made myself clear.


                         


Thank you,


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It is falling by the wayside as of late unfortunately it appears with the invention of instant and text messaging. It is important, but is often utilized incorrectly.

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Just a quick scan of some of the posts here on PL confirm your theory LT.  It is a very sad indictment of the future of our written language!


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As long as I can make out what they are saying, I don't really care if they use small caps to type the whole paragraph.  I don't grade their papers here.


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Loud and clear. I make some boo boos once in awhile. Don't we all?

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I guess It is all about the boo-boo.  If it occurs now and again, now problem. . . .if it is just one run on sentence or what you find on a phone message. . . .tsk, tsk, tsk. . . .


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I am not perfect, but I try my very best to use good grammar and proper spelling. So I can be understood, and because it bothers me if I knowingly misspell something.


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What I don't like is when people type run-on sentences.  That is what really bothers me. 


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Bump.


Or would that be bump.


Or is it Bhump.


Or b-u-m-p.


I dunno. Makes cents tho .....


(RE: Discussion Title: It's "grammar", not grammer. GOTCHA !!)


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Guilty, I think I have asynchronous hands, the one pushing the shift key releases before the other hits the letter to be capatilized, especially on the personal pronoun "I".

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You have made yourself clear.


I was going to point out a couple ironies earlier, but I wanted to give a chance for others to weigh in first. Besides the typo Sarge pointed out, I'm citing you for some comma abuse. I guess I could let you off with a warning this time. Always remember that when riding the grammar or spelling high horse you should make sure your farrier has installed your own horse's shoes correctly. I hope I've made myself clear. I've marked your instances of comma abuse with --> <--



All kidding aside--yes, I know what you mean and I agree to an extent. For the sake of conversational flow I prefer to let most violators slide unless I can't understand what they are saying. In such cases I will gently (usually) prod them for clarification.


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Those of us who utilize the written word should take note of the importance of correct grammar.


I have noticed that many who email -->,<-- have forgotten the "art" of capitalization.


Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.


 


I hope I've made myself clear.


 


Thank you -->,<--




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Bump.


Or would that be bump.


Or is it Bhump.


Or b-u-m-p.


I dunno. Makes cents tho .....


(RE: Discussion Title: It's "grammar", not grammer. GOTCHA !!)



That point should be taken up in the "spelling" forum!


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What really gets me is all the run-on sentences and long, rambling paragraphs that have no discernible punctuation, grammar, or point, for that matter.  Then whoever the OP is (normally your average one-post wonder we see so often) gets all huffy when we ask what the blazes they're talking about.  I make mistakes here and there I know - just hope someone chides me about them (mz, you know who you are ) so at least I know I made an idiot of myself. 

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ok................?

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Just a thought here, folks.


Ya know, consider this paragraph. You may have seen it before:


"Arocdnicg to rsceearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."


A lot of spelling errors have to do with the image you see. To me, a word is just another image. The paragraph above is easily read because your brain is self-correcting the jumbled letters. The key here is the first and last letter of the word. They are in their correct position.


As far as grammar, there is a disparity in yesteryear's emphasis on correct grammar or spelling versus today's text messaging style. I was correcting practice criminal reports Tuesday night from Academy cadets and was amused by the use of abbreviated text-style words and construction.


Here on PL, yeah, we tend to be critical of people's way of expressing themselves. I think we do that because it is a puzzle piece in building the credibility of the member. Crappy spelling and crummy grammar just speaks to someone who may not have collided with the demands of law enforcement. Remember, as a LEO, we are required to confront college educated, BAR certified land sharks (attorneys) that whittle away at a cop's credibility based on the reports they write.


It's a vicious circle. We would think there might be a more relaxed environment on our social networking website. BUT, again, I think it's all about credibiity rather than a few folks getting cringey in a technical way with poor grammar and spelling. [I count myself from within that group but I am working on it.]


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Uncle?


Horse?


Jack?


HUH?!?


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I get that sometimes we have mishaps with the shift key and sometimes we are just lazy. But as long as our reports are a better representation of our grammar skills then we should not be too judgmental of the slip ups we may have..... now that being said.... I have a great excuse and I use it all the time... You cannot blame a person who only has 9 fingrs when they mis a key or foget to hit the shift key... they are working with less than a full hand... bawahahahaha you know it's funny!!!



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I get that sometimes we have mishaps with the shift key and sometimes we are just lazy. But as long as our reports are a better representation of our grammar skills then we should not be too judgmental of the slip ups we may have..... now that being said.... I have a great excuse and I use it all the time... You cannot blame a person who only has 9 fingrs when they mis a key or foget to hit the shift key... they are working with less than a full hand... bawahahahaha you know it's funny!!!



My pinky is my rinky and I am proud of it... no matter how many letters i may miss. 



Now you're going to get a free pass everytime you mess up. Not fair! lol


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rc86 says ...





Now you're going to get a free pass everytime you mess up. Not fair! lol


 



I know, that's why I play that card. I'm not stupid!



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 I dunno--1 less finger, that's 10% FEWER errors, dontchya think?





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I didn't even know my uncle would do something like that!   

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tluttrell9 says ...




My pinky is my rinky and I am proud of it... no matter how many letters i may miss. 


 



 Damn, T! I can't even make any "flip off the wrong person" jokes!


 


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BigNTS, you can make the jokes, you just have to modify them... be creative... I know you got it in you.... and don't be scared... I am a big girl, I can take it!!!!



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I have no idea what you are talking about. Grammar good I do all the time.


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A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative." A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."




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mz66 says ...



A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative." A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."



That's phunny right there.

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Me does talketh English much goodly.


 


 


I couldn't resist. 

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The OP is right. Grammar (proper spelling as well, but I digress) Saves lives.


"Lets eat, Grandma"


or


"Let's eat Grandma"


You decide.

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I've been accused of being part of the 'Grammar Police' on Police Link.  I"ve now stopped correcting people on grammar.  Yes, I"ve made a few mistakes myself, making me a hypocrite.  But I do have to say some of the posters make horrible grammar mistakes, especially some of the newbies and the trolls.  Plus, with all the texting, emails, and IM going on, people are shorting words, sentences, and abbreviating a lot, and then using acronyms i.e. LOL.  I agree with Retleo on this.


 


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Just a quick scan of some of the posts here on PL confirm your theory LT.  It is a very sad indictment of the future of our written language!



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It does seem to be a sign of the times. If you look at who is making the most grammar mistakes, or shortcuts if you will, it is often the younger folks. Call it a natural outgrowth of the new way of communicating via cell-phones or the Internet, it is only going to get worse. Haven't we all seen the "grt msgs tlkin abt how it waz b4 they cld txt ea other?"


Now I am guilty as the next person but I do try to keep it somewhat proper. On my Incident Reports I worked very hard to always use proper English because I knew the attorney's would pick apart everything they could at trail. We can blame the government schools for much of this as they only teach their students enough to be good little workers who can follow orders and be lead around by the government for the government. Those of you that have children, do everything possible to send them to private schools. I do not care if it is vouchers that you receive or grants or just because you scrimped up the costs by yourself. Make sure you send them to these schools so that they may be able to obtain their full potential. They are our legacy. We went without many things in order to send ours to private schools and they are all successful individuals now and fully intend on sending their own children to private schools themselves.

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