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Sleepy Rosie BS: World's best grammatical howlers (91* d) RE: BS: World's best grammatical howlers 20 Feb 09

Actually I aughta say, that I don't personally mind people offering corrections *politely*, but what I find most disagreably pompous, is where a posters otherwise *very clear content* is ridiculed or dismissed, because they incorrectly spelled a word or used an apostrophe where it wasn't required.

Having observed this phenomena on Mudcat, it pleases me to rebel very slightly against the self-appointed 'written word police' who are to my mind about as important and interesting as the neighbourhood watch ;-) This is somewhat ridiculous I'm sure, but it represents a symbolic statement on my part (to myself if no-one else) of a matter of principle which is of some importance to me. For there are those out there without a great education, my father is one. He is mildly dyslexic, yet he makes complete sense - with many errors I might add.

If people with either a poor education (someone like a gypsy perhaps, who may possibly have had very little formal education whatever) or some form of dyslexia wish to contribute to boards such as this (and there are no rules specified by *owners* or *moderators* concerning the correct use of English) then they aught to feel comfortable doing so, without having to go through their posts thoroughly before submitting in order to prevent self-appointed 'moderators' running through their posts with a sarcastic virtual 'red pen'.

No-one here is my boss, and no-one here is my tutor. Although, there are indeed some excellent individuals who I respect for their highly intelligent, informed, and interesting posts. Ironically and most tellingly (to my mind) those same posters who I personally esteem most highly for their intellectually stimulating and genuinely authoritative postings, do not seem to indulge in such petty literary pedantry. Perhaps they have more interesting things to be thinking about... ;-)

Now all that aside. I too enjoy funny errors in the written word, and in speech. One of the classics that I've heard several times, has no doubt already been thrown up: 'Organism' without the 'ni'?

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