princess genevieve

mardi, janvier 31, 2006

Please Use Spell Check!

I've been reading lots of blogs lately. Most of them are well-written, interesting, and pleasant to read. Occasionally, I come across one that makes me want to gouge my eyes out, yet strangely, I'm also drawn in. These are the blogs with atrocious spelling, poor grammar, and a general overuse of the exclamation point. (like this!!!!!!!) Sometimes, I will have to read a sentence over and over before I can glean the meaning.

Just click on by, Genevieve, you might be saying to yourself. Oh, you. That's an excellent suggestion, yet for some reason, I can't. I feel the need to read what's on the opening page. I can stop myself from reading the archives, though. Maybe it's my shock-and-awe feeling at how badly these pages are written. Today, I read one, and halfway through the first entry, I was convinced that the author wasn't a native English speaker. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only does she live in the United States, but she has never lived anyplace else. (Links withheld to protect the innocent from my ranting.)

I know that I'm not a perfect writer, by far. But I do use spell check. I know the difference between its and it's, and they're, their, and there. I know that a lot is two words and that cannot is one word. I know how to use apostrophes, commas, and semicolons. Please, everyone, just use spell check. Please.


At 1/31/2006 9:55 PM, Blogger Paisley said...

Spell check won't help with they're vs their & there.
My pet hate is the misuse of your vs you're. Have you read Lynne Truss' book - Eats shoots and leaves?

At 2/01/2006 12:02 AM, Blogger Amie said...

It drives me crazy when I make a mistake in one of my comments because I cannot go back and fix it!

At 2/01/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger Genevieve said...

Paisley, you're right, spell check won't help with those issues, but at least it will correct other glaring mistakes. (your and you're is a good example, too -- why is this so hard?)

Amie, I know what you mean! I guess the only thing you can do is trash the comment & re-post, but that's a pain.

At 2/01/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger Genevieve said...

oh, and Paisley, yes, I have read Eats Shoots and Leaves. Hilarious.


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