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    #31
    Also, "it's" is a contraction that means the same thing as "it is." Example: "It's too bad the dry cleaner refused to clean the cat poop out of your ninja suit."

    "Its" is the possessive form of "it." Example: "The cat seemed pleased to know that its poop would perfume the ninja training hall for weeks to come."

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      #32
      I don't necessarily mind if someone isn't very good at English, but what really irritates me is a native speaker who refuses to write properly. I'm quite good at English (even though I say so myself), yet I constantly see Americans who couldn't type their way out of a wet paper bag. Every word is incorrectly spelled ("rediculous"), they use annoying acronyms ("lol") and lazy grammar, ("so...then i went 2 school.....and it was rediculous lol") and paragraphs are unheard of. Some of them defend this by saying that they don't have to write properly on an Internet forum, for some reason.

      Terrible writing makes anyone look like a complete fuckwit, no matter how profound the underlying message is.

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        #33
        Originally posted by Kidspatula
        This is the interweb, so I afford my fellow forum goer a certain amount of leniency in their net-lingo. It just becomes a problem when communication is sacrificed because people are too lazy to press return or use an occassional punctuation mark. Usually when I type a post it's FULL of glaring errors, but I use just enough consideration to make it easy for people to follow what the fuck I'm saying.

        Example of unacceptable netspeak (quoted directly from Myspace Martial arts Rocks forum):

        "dude i know what you speak of but...im not the kind of cocky person i always try to stay out of fights cuase i know what it can result too and you dont have a clue about how many idiots live in my area ive had a knife pulled on me before the first thing i did wad try to get out of the situation then i just ran..cuase thats my best chance of survival reall even though i am a balck belt.."



        Now let's see how it looks cleaned up a bit:

        "Dude, I know what you speak of, but I'm not that kind of cocky person. I always try to stay out of fights, because I know what it can result in, and you dont have a clue about how many idiots live in my area. I've had a knife pulled on me before. The first thing I did was try to get out of the situation. Then I just ran because that's my best chance of survival, even though I am a balck belt."
        That was awsome. A perfect demonstration of the standard. The second version still has at least 2 errors but the first one made my eyes water. I tried to read it 3 times before I gave up and decided it wasn't worth it.
        Fighting evil and upholding justice in blue silk pajamas baby!
        http://youtube.com/watch?v=UGaYD_wcaIg

        http://youtube.com/watch?v=6Uepo9ahg-M

        Bah!!! Puny Humans.


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          #34
          Originally posted by plasmagoat
          ...they use annoying acronyms ("lol") and lazy grammar, ("so...then i went 2 school.....and it was rediculous lol")..
          :eusa_clap :laughing6 :laughing7 :laughing1
          :new_all_c

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            #35
            + rep for Neildo for teh funnay. (Deliberate misspellings damn you!)

            Another thing that bugs me is this:

            When some douchebag says, "And to reiterate, I'm a vaginal wipe for a ukranian prostitute..." unless they're on their third time repeating their notion, it's wrong. Iterate means to repeat for the first time. To reiterate is to repeat what you've already repeated, thus the third time. I corrected my English teacher on this once and then the next day I got transferred to another class.

            Another few little facts that are not well known. The difference between a hotel and a motel is the parking lot. With a motel, the vehicles can park right outside the rooms. With hotels the parking is an almost seperate entity and can not be outside of the rooms. Inns are something that came up around in England when you could get drunk to the point of alcoholic poisoning and not get taxed for it. The owners of the bars would have rooms for the people who were too passed out drunk to leave and then they would charge them for the night's rent.

            And finally, Achilles is really pronounced Ah-shills not A-kill-ees. That is all.

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              #36
              Originally posted by Sirc
              + rep for Neildo for teh funnay. (Deliberate misspellings damn you!).
              Rep redirected to plasmagoat, who actually deserves it. (but thanks anyway)

              Originally posted by Sirc
              When some douchebag says, "And to reiterate, I'm a vaginal wipe for a ukranian prostitute..." unless they're on their third time repeating their notion, it's wrong. Iterate means to repeat for the first time. To reiterate is to repeat what you've already repeated, thus the third time. I corrected my English teacher on this once and then the next day I got transferred to another class.
              Making teachers look dumb is awesome.

              Originally posted by Sirc
              And finally, Achilles is really pronounced Ah-shills not A-kill-ees. That is all.
              *learned new thing, forgot 10 things* Thanks a lot.
              Last edited by Neildo; 10/23/2005 1:36pm, .
              :new_all_c

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