I like you more if you are literratte

by usualusername 97 Replies latest jw friends

  • Diest

    This is completely racist against people who can't spell....like me.

    I really hate when people misuse racist.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Writers -- like all other human beings with feelings -- sometimes act as though their words are inviolable. As a result, the editor (who has tentatively won the trust of the author) must tread lightly but with determined purpose to get the text "right."

    If it's only punctuation and spelling, the task of proofreading is relatively simple; however, general rewrites that involve restructuring are more complex in that the editor must retain the author's voice but render the work into standard English. Of course, the writing of narrative differs from that of dialogue. I'm editing an entire work now that must be proofread before the second printing, as much was missed in the initial reading (yet, it went to print).

    The point being, the writer may have wonderful thoughts to share, but definitely needs outside, professional assistance. If he knows this and acquiesces, it's so much easier to put his promising work into language both understandable and enjoyable to read . . .


  • eyeuse2badub

    I waz once a jw'er. long as yawl gits the comma in Jezuses words too da evaldoer in the rite plaice, at Lu. 23:43 "Truly I tell you today(,)".... not "Truly I tell you(,) today..." you're gramer is ok.

    (Check the foot note in the big NWT reference Bible at Lu. 23:43.)


  • wasblind

    " If someone makes a valid point but does not spell well it colours my judgement "_____Useualusername

    It's a pity that you would let that allow you to miss the message



    " If someone who is a clown has excellent grammar I give them leeway "____-Useualusername

    I fell for that trap. The Jehovah's Witnesses at my door was very well spoken



    I find that people who allow somethin' as trivial as a missed spelled word to

    prevent them from readin' a post are more likely to be turn off by other things

    very easily such as a person physical make up, financial status and Whatever else



    As for me. I'm a country hick from the Carolina's

    Yes. I tear the Queen's english all to hell

    and there's not a damn thing she can do 'bout it



  • jgnat

    Canada has over 900,000 kms of roads. That's 559,234 miles in American. We metricated in the 70's and 80's. Has the US become too large to be flexible?

    If you like the two dollar bill you should love our toonie. We just ditched our penny.


  • new hope and happiness
    new hope and happiness

    well said compound and complex i enjoy your writting...but for me the sensible to do, is not get to hung up on spelling and grammer.

  • steve2

    American English proceeds with gay abandon by peppering all sorts of words with z's: Baptize, organize, categorize, idolize etc. Like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Americans can never get enough z's.

    By contrast, the stately "English" of the United Kingdom is nicely sparing with z's; they are reserved for respectable places like "zoos" and humble people like "Zulus". In my childhood, I had to limit the number of times I used the letter z so I would never visit a zoo or speak to a Zulu in the same week.

    As I was raised in New Zealand, a country that once rigidly followed United Kingdom English, I can say that I was baptised as a JW at 17, have since organised my life outside the organisation, have categorised all my CDs alphabetically (although it remains frustratingly ambiguous where Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 fits) and idolise well-framed mirrors.

    I reluctantly now accept that social media here and even in the United Kingdom has embraced American spelling and I take this as a sure sign that society is going to the dogz.

  • ShirleyW

    Cofty - since Tornapart, the person I was initially questioning answered my question quite thoroughly I'll skip answering yours.

    LIke previously mentioned, baptized is an accepted spelling, I also mentioned before to look that fact up

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Thanks, new hope, for noticing and commenting!

    No point, as you say, getting hung up on it.

    When we talk, no one seems to notice our misspelled words . . .

    The authors I work for are all wonderful, valuable people. They simply have different ways of "putting" it.



  • besty


    I think accuracy and literacy might be connected.

    2. As far as the British vs American colour vs color, I think we as a nation have earned the right to spell our words the way we want to. After all, we have individual states with larger land masses, population, and GDP than all of Britian. Btw. The next time,you eat an English muffin remember the wheat in your muffin probably has a little "flavour" of Nebraska in it.

    Yep agreed - you can spell words any way you want.

    The US does not have individual states with greater populations or GDP than the UK - Cali 37m v UK 65m. GDP figures are Cali $2T vs UK $2.3T

    Not sure what your point was about the wheat either - the UK takes less than 15% of its wheat from North America, including Canada.

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