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I Am Annoyed By Bad Spelling

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    Bad spelling is one of my biggest pet peeves.

    I once had a guy email me and say he could be my "knight in shinning armor." That was an instant no in my book. Bad spelling is like "an elephant dart to the public's face." Luckily my boyfriend is a writer so I don't have to worry. But then there's always auto-correct to...
    purplemusicprincess purplemusicprincess 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 27

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    Bad spelling drives me crazy.

    It really bothers me when it's on a public sign or something posted at work. It bothers me the most when I spell something wrong. I'm a horrible speller. I have Dictionary.com open basically whenever I'm writing anything.
    couldbeheaven couldbeheaven 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    Sumtimes i tink their tying to b bad spelers.

    Like I just did. I just don't understand it. Do NOT abbreviate short words or phrases. Would it kill you to write "be right back" instead of brb? Maybe if you don't write mayb, I won't be upset. It's one letter, come on! And is it really that hard to use the correct form of they...
    Transparency Transparency 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    Just putting it out there.

    There, their, and they're are three different words! Too, to, and two and three different words! Want and won't are two different words. Feel and fill are two different words! Male and mail are two different words! Spell words out! Don't tell my ttyl! Don't say to me brb...
    ConfidentLee ConfidentLee 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 14

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    Love Reading Stories But.....

    I enjoy reading the stories here on EP but nothing kills the mood for me faster then misspellings. I don't think I am any brighter then the next guy but we live in an age of spell-check programs so when English is your first language there shouldn't be as many mistakes as there...
    JackisMe JackisMe 41-45, M 2 Responses Sep 22, 2013

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    Once I had a teacher

    that told us when you spell out the word "you" you write "y-o-u" and not just the letter "U". I don't understand what the point was to make a short word even shorter anyhow.
    adhane05 adhane05 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 7

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    I swear I feel my IQ dropping

    when people abbreviate very basic words and cannot spell the easiest words. My cousin will text me and I have to read it over ten times just to understand what she is saying. The weird thing is her mom uses proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization when needed. I wish...
    adhane05 adhane05 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 27

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    jenga1 jenga1 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    ........although that said,

    it can also amuse me.....
    Epin Epin 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 4

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    Pet Peeve...

    One of my biggest pet peeves is bad grammar and spelling, especially over the internet. I think, "Don't you have a spell-check?!" Here on E.P. there are also some people who are very bad with grammar and spelling, I get frustrated when reading their stories. I also make it a...
    AmityCalamity AmityCalamity 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 10, 2011

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    SolomonKato SolomonKato 26-30, M 3 Responses Jun 27

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    Thanks Auto-Correct... Not Haha

    It annoys me so much when I'm trying to spell something correctly so bad and auto-correct can't even figure out what I'm trying to say.... It's just like screw you lady your on your own with this word. Usually I just give up and use a different word because I hate spelling words...
    kaymarie8 kaymarie8 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2013

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    It Might 'sound' Right But Doesn't Look Right

    The plural of "woman" is "women"; it's "cocoon" and not "cacoon"; there is a fundamental difference in meaning between "compliment" and "complement"; the same goes for "lose" vs. "loose". Not to mention that when we compare things, the word to use is "than", not "then".  This...
    jenga1 jenga1 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2011

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    Specifically people who use text speak

    when they are not texting. Really, unless used in moderation, text speak bothers me in texts too. :P
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer 22-25, F 2 Responses May 12

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    I understand auto correct

    and fast typing can produce an incorrect spelling. I just can't stand to see simple words misspelled.
    CCsworld CCsworld 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Ah Hahaha Don't Get Me Started.

    " We went to the store. Their, we saw that the prise of the ornge was less then the tanjerene. " Really, people? REALLY?!? *BIG sigh*
    SongsFromTheSoul SongsFromTheSoul 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 10, 2012

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    "How r u plz text me pix of yr puci" is

    probably not a good way to make an impression with me. :)
    EmmaBrun EmmaBrun 13-15, F 7 Responses Jan 20

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    Drives me so crazy! Especially

    when the person knows how spell, and just is too lazy to fix it.
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 2 Responses May 16

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    Two Words Few People Spell Correctly On A Consistent Basis.........

    By no means am I a spelling nazi, let that fact be known right off the bat. I am not perfect, nor is anyone else. In fact, you will most likely spot a word or two misspelled within this short story of mine. However, there are two words in the English language, among...
    HeyitsRich HeyitsRich 36-40, M 19 Responses Mar 24, 2011

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    Annoyed Yes, Say Something About It, Never

    I have dyslexia and am not the world's best speller. So just cause I know someone else spelled something wrong doesn't give me a right to nag at them. Cause though I have a very extended vocabulary, I understand how hard it is to spell especially for someone like me with dyslexia...
    Azureal Azureal 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 4, 2013

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    Please...

    I'm just asking, just don't type lykee dhisz and actually spell your words out like "your" instead of "ur" or u or wat or tht Use your intelligence!
    chantelliefay chantelliefay 18-21, F Nov 25, 2013

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    I do! Specially in my native language I do not

    tolerate bad spelling and/or grammar issues
    lila5 lila5 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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    Bad Spelling Is So Frustrating

    But the worse bit it that its my miss spelling that really annoys the most.
    roastlamb roastlamb 31-35, M Aug 25, 2013

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    Funny..

    Right after I clicked "me too," when the page refreshed it suggested the group "i hate liars, hippocrates, and thieves" I'm pretty sure the father of modern medicine would be a little upset about being grouped together with thieves and liars by a misspelling.
    Glitterfiend Glitterfiend 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 23, 2012

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    Online Spelling

    When did I ever become a spelling nazi? Sometimes I feel like I need to correct people to stop misspelling words everywhere. I remember back when I was in middle school when I first started to use instant messaging programs such as AIM or MSN. I would be uncomfortable when...
    rawrmeme19 rawrmeme19 22-25, F 10 Responses Jul 8, 2010

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    Any Other Time I Am Good Natured About It

    My spelling that is. I get a little bummed if to much is directly ppointed out, but I can even see the humor in it. Often I do appoligize and have even went as far as to explain why as well as my understanding if my inability was really just to much. I don't beleive any one...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 17, 2011

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    A new trend..?

    I'm not quite a spelling or grammar nazi, but I do spot it. Every time. I can't help it. I think my response is fairly proportionate. I let it go and don't get too worked up. If anything, I feel a faint sense of smugness about it. If everybody spelled everything well, then I...
    TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 4 Responses Mar 1, 2012

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    I Dnot Tnhik I Fit To Wlel In Tihs Gruop....

    I tuhohhgt i wuold jion tihs gurop bcacuse I celarly hvae a poblrbem wiht speliling. I am afwulluy anynoyed by my own eororrs....I am srue trehe is smoe avdice for peple taht hvae tehse isuses.....Thnaks for teh avdcie.............
    toknowmyheart143 toknowmyheart143 36-40, F Feb 13, 2013

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    Seriously though...how hard is it to spell

    'feel'? Here's a hint: it doesn't have an 'i' in it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 26, 2013

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    Ignorant

    I have to say this because I'm getting ticked off about it. Could we please find some other "problem" to ***** about besides bad spelling?? I can think of a dozen things wAy more important to focus my energy on. Luckily I am on my phone most of the time and it has spell check but...
    2rustno1 2rustno1 36-40 2 Responses Apr 16, 2012

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    I am not perfect and

    neither is my spelling. I understand small mistakes and typos, but when people leave letters out or replace them with numbers because they are lazy it drives me crazy. I just think "stop talking to me already"
    dovie6 dovie6 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    My Major Language....

    ....isn't even English. But I do my very best. When I see people spelling, that are BORN in an English speaking country, but spell as if they're just came out of an Amazon jungle, it bothers me real bad. Often it's pure laziness, especially when they won't use punctuation marks...
    DianeMcA DianeMcA 46-50, T Dec 4, 2010

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    🌻I'm annoyed by bad spelling Not short

    cuts or using u instead of you 🌻
    ladymehawk ladymehawk 22-25, F 27 Responses May 12

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    Fack You

    We've just finished at school and this last week was spent making thank you cards and so on. There's this one boy, who has made excellent progress in literacy, who wrote a thank you message to my TA.Before I carry on, let me tell you their history...His mum has started a one on...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 21, 2012

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    3rd Grade Spelling Bee...

    I am a fantastic speller. I am pretty much a walking spell check...better than Word if I do say so myself...and I do. Why did I become such a fantastic wordsmith? Let me tell you a story. A story of a young girl in the final round of her 3rd grade spelling bee... I am a...
    brittanyranee brittanyranee 22-25 31 Responses Sep 6, 2010

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    Grammatically Incorrect

    Eye had been challenged by Sally 54 too right a story that is spell check compliant butt grammatically incorrect. Eye em doing this mostly because its entertaining and plus its a great exercise for hour intellect.  Eye shawl bee careful too precede each sentence with...
    NobodySpecial NobodySpecial 41-45, M 22 Responses Oct 20, 2010

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    Seriously people? It's not

    that hard to spell correctly. Sure I used text talk all the time, but now it just annoys the crap out of me. Especially when the person is like...not in middle or high school and they text like a teenage girl. "Like omg! Tht's amazng!" or..."lol me 2" or that one where it's...
    EmoSakurachan EmoSakurachan 16-17 1 Response Feb 7

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    I Am Going To Be Murdered..:))

    if you don't hear from me for a couple of days, you can seriously assume that i have been murdered by one of my teachers because of the fact that i constantly correct their misspellings. PS: you're a teacher, for God's sake, you shouldn't be making these mistakes.
    baron34 baron34 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 15, 2011

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    Joining

    I want to join this group but I'm afraid that if I make a mistake it could be seen as a spelling error.!
    infpisme infpisme 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    It's Not That Hard, People!

    OK I understand that there are those that are less gramatically-inclined than others. But simple rules people!!! And the apostrophe!!! What a horribly understood creature.  There's no excuse! I guess I'm just easily annoyed.
    suzer suzer 26-30, F 12 Responses Aug 25, 2007

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    As a future teacher..

    .. Grammatical errors annoy me so profusely.
    BrokenPhoenixx BrokenPhoenixx 18-21, F Jan 3

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    Please Allow Me To Vent

    I joined this group after reading just one of the 88 stories .... I was reminded that I do, in fact, have a pet peeve about spelling and usageNow, I do understand that EP is an international community ... there are cultural differences ... and let's face it, English is a tough...
    AllAboutLaffs AllAboutLaffs 61-65, M 11 Responses Jan 12, 2012

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    Red Ink Everywhere!!

    I once dated a guy who wrote me a love letter and all I wanted to do was take a red pen to the paper, correct it, and send it back. Don't butcher the English language or any other country's for that matter. Just sit in the corner and try to keep up with those of us that passed...
    johkuhl johkuhl 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    Yes, my own. I screw up more words

    than I realize until I notice it elsewhere......(hides under dunce cap, discretely, or is it discreetly, see what I mean!)
    FrolickingFemale FrolickingFemale 36-40, F 4 Responses Mar 13

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    Not Much Excuse

    There isn't much excuse for bad spelling. English isn't everyone's best language but spellcheck is available for free. Please use correct spelling if you want to be taken seriously. Texting abbreviations are NOT proper spelling.
    CrazyWaterSpring CrazyWaterSpring 51-55, M 2 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    A Skill Worth Learning

    I don't know if I am correct in calling spelling a skill, but I do feel that it is definitely worth learning. Language is our way to communicate as human beings, and communication is vital, in my opinion. So would it not be worth learning how to utilize the English language, or...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F Mar 17, 2013

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    Bad Spelling With Spell Check Browsers? Come On!

    Incorrect punctuation I can understand, but bad spelling? We have spell check in most browsers now so there is no excuse! The amount of spelling errors on this one site alone blows my mind. I don't even bother to read someone's post or answer a question anymore if there's a lot...
    BirdsofParadise BirdsofParadise 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 20, 2013

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    Texting

    I understand some people wanting to use shorthand when texting, but outright misspelled words annoy me. Here is a part of a text I recieved this morning.      "Sorry we were just going to her WORCK and then...." worck? What the hell is worck? Work I guess...Too much work to...
    Pebbles1982 Pebbles1982 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 25, 2012

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