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Old Jun 13, 2003, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default Quirky Writing Styles

Do you ever notice people's quirky writing styles? Do you think you could identify other posters here or on other forums you're on just by how they write - without ever seeing their username? Are there any quirky writing styles that drive you nuts?

There is a woman on one on-line club I'm on who never uses contractions. "I do not think I will go to the concert. I can not decide what I am going to wear".....makes her sound like a robot to me!

There's another one who randomly capitalizes words and randomly puts others in single quotes...."I went 'to' THE concert and I had a 'wonderful' TIME!" Hunh?

Or am I the only person who notices stuff like this? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old Jun 13, 2003, 10:16 AM   #2
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Or am I the only person who notices stuff like this? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">You probably just notice it more often. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

I don't mind when people take shortcuts when IM'ing, but when posting on online clubs, forums, etc. it gets annoying and just too difficult to read. Another quirk is when people use very little punctuation. Often those writings I skip over as I'm just too confused as to what the writer was trying to say!

I think on forums where I'm quite active, I'd be able to identify some writer's the phrases they tend to be fond of using. I guess that could be considered a quirk.
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Old Jun 13, 2003, 03:12 PM   #3
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I bet you could recognize me.... [img]graemlins/laugh2.gif[/img]
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Old Jun 13, 2003, 03:29 PM   #4
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I'm a quick poster a lot and then after posting is when I see my mistakes too,sometimes they look ok to me before the post, then? hmmmm
I think attitudes in the post would be more how I could identify people, some are down to business and that is that, no socializing, which is 1/2 (whoops short cut) the reason for going onto a board etc; the other, I think would be to gain and share your knowledge, I too have a pet peeve with poor spellers, including myself, but then the net is right here to check if your not sure.. now that I have rambled (hey maybe that's my style?) [img]graemlins/talking.gif[/img] * this was interesting Rell, thanks [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old Jun 13, 2003, 11:34 PM   #5
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wHat r ewe taLkin boUt, ReLL? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

Sorry..couldn't resist. Yeah, I think the way a person uses grammar, whether it's proper or slang, tells alot about them and their personality. Like me, I'm rather inconsistent in my style and it seems to depend on my mood. (I just like to keep people guessing [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ) In comparison of other posters, I seem to be the queen of edit. Only because I'm too quick to post. Ya know, post first, proofread later [img]graemlins/images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img] . Yeah..story of my life!
My personal pet peeve is really bad spellers.
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Old Jun 13, 2003, 11:38 PM   #6
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wHat r ewe taLkin boUt, ReLL? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Hahahahahahahaha! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Thanks for my laugh of the afternoon! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old Jun 15, 2003, 10:01 PM   #7
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LOL, Rell! Yeah, I know what you're talking about. In fact, I'm sure people get irritated at me because I use "..." inbetween my thoughts a lot of the time. I also tend to use "lol" a LOT. Oh well... (lol..., yes, I'm doing this on purpose).

Anyway, there are MANY people on this forum that I can identify (and frequently will skip over) by the style they post. Repeated, vertabum vocabulary, bad spelling/grammar/punctuation, etc, etc.

Another thing that strikes me as funny is that I can ALWAYS tell when Susan and/or Jim forgets to logout/login and will post in the other's name. Of course, the culprit will, in a following post, say that they forgot to change the name or whatever. It makes me smile. [img]graemlins/teeth1.gif[/img]

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Old Jun 16, 2003, 04:06 AM   #8
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I also tend to use "lol" a LOT. Oh well...
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">At least you use it when something actually IS funny....(see, I do the....thing too!)...drives me nuts when people use LOL when there's nothing at all funny about what they're saying or reacting too. "I got up this morning, lol". Hunh???
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Old Jun 16, 2003, 04:45 AM   #9
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Originally Posted By lennon4:
I also tend to use "lol" a LOT. Oh well...
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">At least you use it when something actually IS funny....(see, I do the....thing too!)...drives me nuts when people use LOL when there's nothing at all funny about what they're saying or reacting too. "I got up this morning, lol". Hunh???</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I know what you mean! Whenever I'm chatting with my friends online and neither of us have anything to say, they usually put 'lol' in there for no reason, just to fill up space. It is pretty annoying. I mean, how are you supposed to respond to it??

I'm sure lots of people can tell when I post... I tend to use a lot of exclamation marks!!!! So far I can't really tell everyone's writing style apart on the forum, but within a month or two I'm sure I will. I can always tell when my best friend is writing, because she writes like she's Shakespeare or something. As much as it adds character, it can be pretty hard to understand sometimes!
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The other thing that makes me crazy is really really really bad spelling. I mean, ok, I'm not the world's greatest speller by any means (I can NEVER remember how many r's and s's are in embarrassed, for example), so I'm not talking about misspelling the occasional word. But, for example, I just read a post on this other board I'm on where this woman wrote that she was going to stick her "tung" out at somebody! IEEEEEEEEE!!! [img]graemlins/chainsaw.gif[/img]

(As Rell goes and sits down and breathes slowly in and out because she knows she's taking this all WAY too seriously.... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] )
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Old Jun 16, 2003, 10:38 AM   #11
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The other thing that makes me crazy is really really really bad spelling.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Yeah, I know. Especially when it looks like it's written in code. Or that it's an alien poster posing as a Beatle fan. [img]graemlins/alien1.gif[/img] .
j/k &lt;-- I use this one alot "just kidding" to remind people I'm not really mean. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old Jun 16, 2003, 05:22 PM   #12
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I notice those things occasionally but only if someone makes a really drastic mistake everytime they post. Or if they type without captializing things that should be like names and beginnings of sentences.
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The other thing that makes me crazy is really really really bad spelling.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I totally agree! Someone at the Macca forum called me a "sturpid basteard" because I accidentally misspelled "Mamumia."
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Originally Posted By Rellevart:
The other thing that makes me crazy is really really really bad spelling.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Yeah, I know. Especially when it looks like it's written in code. Or that it's an alien poster posing as a Beatle fan. [img]graemlins/alien1.gif[/img] .
j/k &lt;-- I use this one alot "just kidding" to remind people I'm not really mean. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I know what you mean about the code! I'm never sure what a few letters is supposed to mean and I'm forever saying 'huh?' when i'm chatting online.
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wHat r ewe taLkin boUt, ReLL? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

Sorry..couldn't resist. Yeah, I think the way a person uses grammar, whether it's proper or slang, tells alot about them and their personality. Like me, I'm rather inconsistent in my style and it seems to depend on my mood. (I just like to keep people guessing [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ) In comparison of other posters, I seem to be the queen of edit. Only because I'm too quick to post. Ya know, post first, proofread later [img]graemlins/images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img] . Yeah..story of my life!
My personal pet peeve is really bad spellers.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I thought I was being overly critical! I have kept myself from asking this poster to please at least use punctuation of some kind!But I dont read their contributions anymore.
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.....drives me nuts when people use LOL when there's nothing at all funny about what they're saying or reacting too. "I got up this morning, lol". Hunh???
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Maybe for someone who went to sleep with the idea 'I'm never gonna wake up again' it can be pretty funny to get up in the morning... &lt;-- I use these a lot....

He Rell 'reacting too'? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] j/k j/k j/k

I'm sure I make a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes, but hey I'm from Holland!
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He Rell 'reacting too'? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] j/k j/k j/k
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Ha ha ha! Particularly since that's one of my pet peeves! Oh well, fingers moving faster than brain, I guess. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Originally Posted By Rellevart:
The other thing that makes me crazy is really really really bad spelling.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Yeah, I know. Especially when it looks like it's written in code. Or that it's an alien poster posing as a Beatle fan. [img]graemlins/alien1.gif[/img] .
j/k &lt;-- I use this one alot "just kidding" to remind people I'm not really mean. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I'm not mean either...but my biggest pet peeve has got to be people who think that "just because this is the internet" they "don't need to use proper grammar and spelling." Sorry, even on a board like this one, I don't want to have to break out the Enigma Decoder to read a post!

It's not so bad in an IM, where things are going quickly -- God knows I use more than a few abbreviations myself in IMs. But when things like that carry over into posts on message boards, or worse, into cover letters and submissions that I receive for Rooftop, it is, as far as I am concerned, unacceptable in any form.

The biggest problem, I'm afraid, is that now we are getting younger teachers coming into the school systems who are as ignorant as the kids they teach -- so they don't know any better themselves. Not ALL young teachers are bad, so please don't think I'm broad-brushing here -- I know PLENTY of young teachers who have an excellent grasp of writing, grammar and spelling, and more of them are out there than the others...but it is a very real problem and will only get worse as older teachers retire and are replaced by new, clueless ones...sigh...
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[img]graemlins/blush4.gif[/img] That, of course, was me, not hubby...

I really HAVE to get after him for not logging out when he's done! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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[img]graemlins/blush4.gif[/img] That, of course, was me, not hubby...
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Hey, I could tell that! Not that either of you has a quirky writing style or anything. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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