By: Brysing Moderator / Adept May 31, 2011
Post # 1
I realise that there are many children on this site, some really wanting to learn, and many who simply want to have fun.
What appals me is the truly awful spelling amongst both! Some of the worst writers actually want to teach!
So, just for the children who might take notice:-
A person who is studying to be a doctor, practices.
A qualified doctor practises.
Do not mistake one for the other.
I can't say that I've seen a lot of this, but I have noticed. It makes my initial opinion of the post's reliability fall severely when the errors are severe, same with some posts with no effort to capitalize, not even for 'I'.
By: WhiteRav3n / Knowledgeable Jun 01, 2011
Post # 4
I do understand what you mean Brysing.
Even though your example is correct for Britain, it is not truly used in America. So I can understand why you think we spell funny! Much is different.
Here is a quote from an article on British vs American english for you.
Nouns ending in -ce with -se verb forms: American English and British English both retain the noun/verb distinction in advice / advise and device / devise, but American English has abandoned the distinction with licence / license and practice / practise (where the two words in each pair are homophones) that British spelling retains. American English uses practice and license for both meanings.
And it goes for quite a lot more. Gray vs grey, ageing vs aging, artefact vs artifact, cosy vs cozy etc.
The list goes on and on!
Lol... you guys are funny. I'm going through a tough phase and thought nothing in the world could make me laugh, and then I read this. Thanks Brysing.
Now while you guys are busy playing Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, I have my two bits to add.
In all fairness, English is a language that originated in Britain. And it is silly to break the rules, just to prove a point or confuse the world, which is what American English is all about. People are sensitive about things like language, culture, religion, etc. And the Brits so far, have been pretty tolerant. Snotty for sure, but tolerant none-the-less. Try visiting Paris and pronounce Champs Elysees the way its spelt and see how the French behave.
But then again, as long as a language brings people from across the world together, then spellings and pronunciations can be discounted. We can laugh about the mistakes and move on. And as far as magic and communicating with the spirit world goes... I've been told that they function on intent. So if you're writing "advice" instead of "advise" or vica versa, it shouldn't matter. My guess is that the universe responds to the vibration of your intent, not your spellings.
Just for the record, before any of you decide to attack me, I'm neither British, American or French. Just thought I'd give a third person's point of view. That?s all.
Magi, thanks for adding your thoughts, lol, everyone basically agreeing in a discussion thread can make things stale pretty fast.
Personally, and as a writer, mistakes don't bother me nearly as much as they typically should/might. I have a habit of accidentally using "it's" for ownership instead of "its", as well as preferring longer, possibly-breaking-or-bending-grammatical-law-type sentences. It's more or less people that post who don't even appear to give the lamest effort in making the communication of their thoughts clear which bothers me; even if there are a large amount of errors you can usually tell when people try or don't try.
Unfortunately I was half-asleep when typing up my previous post and tried to share this sentiment in a terribly condensed post. We can see how that worked out, which is to say, not at all. Lol.
One thing that really annoys me is lack of effort in grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc... It really niggles at me. It sometimes is a a real bummer, as you cant have a proper conversation with a person if their grammar isnt correct.