The emerging misuse of "than" and "then"? Come on..

Alex (@staylucky) 8 years, 10 months ago

This is an emerging trend that is absolutely doing my head in. I could understand if it were a few people simply misusing one for the other, but people everywhere seem to actually use both words for the completely wrong reasons. It makes the emergence of LOL and ROFL etc almost a sweet memory.

/rant

January 21, 2013 at 5:05 am
dartanion (1) (@tanion) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Emerging? This has been happening for longer than I can even remember. This isn’t a new trend.
One thing I’m noticing quite a bit now is the non-use of periods. I have several friends on FB that will write a paragraph long post with no periods whatsoever. Just one long run on sentence. LOL

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

If you can understand what they are saying, is the grammar really necessary?
How is one supposed to ‘live in the moment’ with all this bad grammar?

The internet changes things. Its only been 20 years. Grammar might be useless now.

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Almeida (304) (@xetado) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@hollowinfinity, As all languages, what survives is the how the masses write/speak. For example, here in Brazil “louro” is “blond”, it was used in all places. But as time passed, some accents changed it and Portuguese had to accept too the word “loiro” as a synonymous, because in the accent of Rio de Janeiro and other places it was easier to pronounce “loiro” than “louro”, and so everyone started to say “loiro”. Maybe in some years the words will have changed according to the internet… Who knows? (:

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Not everyone on here is a native english speaker. If you have trouble understanding someone’s post, I am sure that if you asked, they would explain.

“So furget you’re gramer, and open yur mind”

There are very intelligent people who are illiterate.

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m with Alex(hollowinfinity Alex). I used to be a grammar nazi. I could not resist correcting someone’s bad spelling. Now I am dating someone who is not the greatest with stuff like that and it’s taught me to stop being such a bitch.

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Anonymous (3) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Your, You’re
There, Their
And the sad part is that most of these people are in high school, and they STILL do not know the simple difference between the two. We’re screwed.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@xbeastx, We’re screwed? You honestly think the rise and fall of a race is going to be based on a fucking spelling bee? Get real.

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

This used to be one of my biggest pet peeves. Then I came to understand that there are always going to be people who do not comprehend simple grammatical structure and rules. So now I just ignore it when it happens because otherwise it’s gonna annoy me, and letting it annoy me is pointless.

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Anonymous (3) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, Haha that made me LOL. :) If a sarcasm font existed, I would’ve used it in my last post.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@xbeastx, ;)

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

When I learned how to spell those and then got introduced to youtube, I thought that I learned it wrong when I saw those mistakes everywhere. Then I found out that there are too many dumb Americans.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, Good thing we have excellent spellers like you to save all the ‘dumb Americans’. Please, tell me more how you better the world with your spelling skills.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, I never said I want to better the world by saving stupid bastards.

.. but they made me thought I was spelling it wrong because they are so many. :)

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, You might just be the most ignorant person on here.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, The proper way to say that, by the way.. “I never said I wanted to better the world by saving stupid bastards.” WANTED, not want. “Said” is past tense, you “stupid bastard”.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, There are also pretty dumb people that aren’t illiterate. Now I think you might be one of the biggest idiots on here just because I shared information.

edit: Thanks for that!

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, Glad we can agree that literacy is irrelevant to intelligence. ;)

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, No one corrected me before and I can’t know for sure when I’m wrong, because the people I’m talking English with prefer to understand me than tell me. But I’d appreciate it. Also, probably that’s why I sound weird a lot when it’s not on purpose. But stupidity is something that literally pisses me off. For example, your use of sarcasm was not even relevant to what I said and you being ignorant to it and then accusing me of it made you jump to another level of stupid. I note things like this pretty often. :)

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duncanS (1) (@dspencer) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, so does pointing out peoples flaws in your everyday life make you feel better about yourself? Jw because i know i, myself, have flaws and try to focus my energy on those as opposed to everyone else’s

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@dspencer, Yes, because I don’t mind people pointing out my flaws. If they don’t, I’ll be deluded. If I’m touchy about being wrong, I might not get the point and learn something. How do you focus your energy on your flaws if no one pointed them out?

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Elise (10) (@heynowcosmicchild) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, touché

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Anonymous (24) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, ” How do you focus your energy on your flaws if no one pointed them out?”

Self-inquiry. A terribly useful tool that is at your fingertips in unlimited supply at any given moment.

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duncanS (1) (@dspencer) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@thelastdj1976 you took the words right out of my mouth. You don’t need someone who, metaphorically places themselves on a pedestal, to tell you what your flaws are. Because all in all what the fuck defines a flaw, and what defines what is “right”?

And @beyond, you frustrate me beyond belief (no pun intended). As i look around at other threads, all i see you doing is being a troll dude. Either kick rocks, or bring some insight to the subject.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@thelastdj1976, Self-inquiry includes how you affect other people too. If you’re going to ask only yourself about yourself you could be anything you want – in your own imaginary world.

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Anonymous (24) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@beyond, True self-inquiry is about just that: Truth. If in your process of inquiry you decide to make yourself anything you want that would be a fallacy, closer to the imaginary world you mentioned.

That is why proper self-inquiry is such a difficult thing, it shows you the ugly parts of yourself, too. But you find that strength to accept the flaws and evolve.

I guess my main point was that other people cannot define your flaws, only you can. When you see other people pointing out your supposed flaws you should know that they are only projecting their own flaws, which are contained within themselves and are revealed by their own subjective self-inquiry.

(And this thread is now totally de-railed… my apologies.)

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