Let’s set things straight.

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I deleted several comments from a recent post because it seemed we were getting an international war started in reference to grammar and punctuation in the English language.

I want everyone to feel comfortable here expressing their thoughts, feelings, opinions, as long as they do not attack fellow commenters (or, obviously, speak ill of dear Mr. Armitage).

Errors can and are and will be made in the comments.  People multi-task. They are pressed for time. Sometimes our fingers and brains don’t quite connect in the way that they should.   It happens to newspaper reporters, to teachers, to professional writers.  To any of us. I just happen to have the ability to go in and edit my comments and my posts.

You are all intelligent, educated, well-read people. If you’ve visited very many websites where comments are allowed, then you have likely seen some truly atrocious grammar, spelling and punctuation.  I was appalled at some of the comments left at the newspaper website.  I haven’t seen that here, not among the native English speakers or those who speak/write it as a second (or third or fourth) language.

This should be a fun place to visit. I want it to be a fun place to visit. No one should be made to feel as if they can’t or shouldn’t comment because they might fail to “dot every i and cross every t.”  Certainly, everyone should proof their comments before they hit “send,” but it doesn’t always happen.  We are all human–or at least I assume we all are.

Let’s refrain from making comments about our fellow readers’ use of the English language–or any other language, for that matter.  Let the issue end here, please.  I truly believe that is the way Richard would want it.

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About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

13 responses »

  1. Well, I obviously missed the international war. Good!

    Well, whatever it was that I missed I am thankful for this post. I certainly do not want to be scrutinized for my grammar and punctuation. I do spot errors sometimes after proofing and hitting send, but what the heck. I do try my best even when I am in a hurry.

    • It was in the very early stages. I decided to nip it in the bud. 😉 I know for me it’s sometimes an issue of being short on sleep, NTM my eyes being gunky and sticky impeding my vision. I truly think we all know the rules; we just need to remember to be kind to one another. 😀

    • I missed this “international war” too.

      My English is far to be perfect for it’s not my mother tongue. I’m from Switzerland, so I speak French, but I think it’s great that I can improve my English by posting comments on blogs and talk about Richard with ofther fans from around the world. 🙂

  2. I must say that I am terrible, just terrible when it comes to mistakes. More often than not, I actually do re-read it and still do not catch the mistake. LOL…But Kindness must reign paramount.

  3. Thank you, Angie! I really do love coming here everyday and posting comments. I takes me away from my very stressful life!

  4. Blogs and comments are interesting because they are an outgrowth of demotic (spoken) language in most cases, and can’t be held to the same standards as written English. I may be a hard-ass about punctuation, grammar, spelling, and usage in professional and formal situations, but I see no reason to do so here.

    • Oh. yes. When I was writing for the paper and now, as you well know, Leigh, for my fanfic and novel, I try to catch all the mistakes I can and I welcome assistance. Because the fact is, every writer needs an editor. Faulkner needed an editor. Hemingway needed an editor. EL James of 50 SoG most definitely needed an editor!! 😉 BUT comments on a blog is a different story. This is an informal, unofficial, fun site to celebrate RA and to enjoy discussing movies, books, music, and other topics of interest. You can let your hair down and kick off your shoes, literally and metaphorically speaking, around here. 😉 I just don’t want anyone beating themselves up over this subject.

  5. Enjoy the typos! To be very honest, I always thought spelling is overrated. I’m not a native speaker, I’m slightly dyslectic and I’m not from a profession that has anything to do with language or literature. A teacher or librarian or editor may feel differently, but all I want is express what I think in a manner that is understandable, and I think I usually manage. 🙂

    • And I have always thought advanced math was overrated. LOL Yes, if you are teaching or writing professionally or editing, it’s important to get it right and I always did try to do so. But here at the blog I really don’t want it to seem like “work” for anyone, including yours truly.

  6. I really care about spelling and grammar and I make mistakes all the time typing or just not thinking. Though I will admit that I think that a man who can spell is hot!

    • I was a Hungarian literature and linguistics major at University so I really do care about spelling too (especially in my mother tongue obviously). I think it’s a sign of respect to the language one is using to try and get the spelling right and it is also important in terms of getting your meaning across properly. That said, of course a blog where we hang out for fun is not a place to worry about spelling mistakes and typos! 🙂

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