We all typo.
There are all words we don't know how to spell, or have a habit of spelling incorrectly.
We all create grammatical errors.
These things I accept. I like to think I'm quite a good writer, but I still fall into these mistakes as well. However, I try to keep all my written pieces and correspondences as well-written as possible. Why?
Because when I am confronted with someone elses writing, poorly written, with atrocious spelling, non-existent grammar and dreaded 'txt tlk', I instantly lose the desire to read it.
There - Their - They're
Your - You're
Accept - Except
Things like that also irritate me.
If you've ever written me a message or note in terrible use of English, and haven't received a reply... I'm probably ignoring it.
It's a pet peeve. Whether it's a justified peeve or not, I have no idea, but it's something that has always irritated me. I was part of the generation that didn't have mobile phones as a kid. People first started getting cell phones for personal use (before then, pretty much only business people had them) when I was about 12, which was when I got my first one. People were MAD about txt tlk back then... and I got picked on for refusing to do it, instead opting for typing in full words. Reading messages from my friends in text shorthand was murderous for me. So.. old habits die hard, I guess.
Please, please for the love of all that is good in the written language, check your writing before sending it to other people. I judge people almost instantly by how they present themselves through their writing. It's not a permanent judgement, but it's where I get 99% of my online first impressions of people. If I compare these two messages (made up by me, but just to demonstrate my point):
"Hello! I found you while searching Kingdom Hearts cosplays, and really enjoyed your gallery! Whereabouts in the UK are you from? If you don't mind my asking, could I use your wig as a reference for my own?"
"hi i found u wile searching KH cosplay n relly enjoyed ur galery. were in the uk r u from? if u dnt mind can i use ur wig as refrence for mine?"
I will reply to the first, usually with a similar length of reply. The second, if lucky enough to receive a reply, will get a few words at most. Why? I view this style of writing as lazy, inefficient, and almost rude. If someone cannot be bothered to spend the effort to write in coherent English to me, why am I going to spend time writing a well-thought response to them?
Of course, this doesn't apply to people who don't use English as their first language... but to be honest, non-native English speakers, your speech and writing is often a hell of a lot better than some of your English counterparts.
SO! If you want to send me a message or comment, and are hoping for a reply, pay heed to the following:
- SPELL CHECK. Did you know Google Chrome has a feature that automatically underlines any words you have misspelled, and a simple right-click on these words offers suggestions at the correct spelling? If you know your spelling isn't good, then use a spell checker!
- FULL WORDS. Write 'you' instead of 'u'. It's two extra letters. It won't consume much of your time to include them.
- GRAMMAR. The hardest one, I think. I'm not demanding correct use of semi-colons and apostrophes... but some people even seem to forget that full stops exist.
- MANNERS. A single message of "Where did you get your wig?" is never going to get a response from me. "Hi, I really like your wig! Would you mind telling me where you bought it?", however, is more likely to get my attention.
Perhaps I'm just in a whiny mood. Perhaps I'm being unreasonable... but the above will always apply for me.
Well-written gains my attention and appreciation.
Poorly-written is overlooked.
That is all.
~WolfieKid passed along a rather excellent phrase to me:
"If you say 'plz' instead of 'please', I'll say 'no' because it's shorter than 'yes'."
And ~sasukemadaralovr sent me this comic, which was also pretty relevant:
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