[SpamCop-List] Re: Comcast considers "clever" anti-spam idea
nobody at devnull.spamcop.net
Thu May 27 16:53:18 EDT 2004
> Well, I know that I got that specific word wrong for a long time and
> wouldn't guarantee that it never will happen again. The reason I think
> might be that the pronunciation is actually more like the wrong spelling
> so it is not very easy for a lot of non-native speakers. The fact that
> loose as word also exists doesn't help it either.
> But I promise to try to remember ;-)
The problem with grammatically incorrect "would of/should of/could of"
is that native English speakers are usually the ones I see getting it
wrong. It's embarrassing when I see non-native English speakers typing
with much better grammar and spelling than someone whose first language
is English. Too many people seem to think that grammar skills aren't
very important. My dad seems to be one of those. A couple of days ago, I
was talking about a grammar mistake in one of the local newspapers and
he actually had the audacity to say that sometimes getting the story out
is more important than the grammar. Um, as someone who recently
graduated in broadcast communication and took some newswriting classes
that crossed over with the print journalism majors, I have to say that
getting the story out is NEVER too important to be sloppy with grammar.
That's just completely unprofessional if a reporter can't even handle
correct grammar. Once a person reaches the professional level of writing
for print media or broadcast news, there's just no excuse for bad
grammar. Last year, my dad (Mr. I don't care if I sound like I have the
grammar skills of a third grader) had a book on antiques published. He
sent the manuscript to me to edit before he sent it off to the
publisher. That was a fun time fixing all his grammar mistakes and
wondering what kind of crappy school he went to that didn't stress the
importance of grammar skills.
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