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posted 6/4/2007 4:02:12 PM |
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I take great pride in the fact that I type well. Sure, I misspell things now and again, and I'm sure I don't use "me" rather than "I" whenever I should. I'll even admit to using too many commas and paragraph breaks (in my defense they DO ease reading). On the whole, though, I believe my typing to be above the average blogger.

The problem is that writing well is preventing me from writing.

I've never once used "ur" unless it was mocking people who honestly use "ur" as an acceptable substitute for "your" or "you're." I even use the correct form of "their/they're/there" and "your/you're." I want to make my posts easy to read, without alternating capital letters in every word or Zs transposed for the letter S at every possible opportunity.

I thought people appreciated this. Was I ever wrong.

I've been online since the early 90's when the internet was populated by geeks and misspelling of polysyllabic words was cause for derision. This was before reliable spell-checking, mind you. Over the last decade and a half I've seen the online writing bar continually lowered.

The current "style" of writing on the internet is fine by me, if slightly slower to interpret. It's undeniable that the internet has given rise to a rather unique culture, and how better to exemplify that than an evolving language? The problem I have is how my writing is interpreted.

For every compliment I receive about my writing form I get a dozen or so insults. Everything from, "Geez, lurn 2 typ," to "Do you think you're better than everyone?" I don't know exactly what I'm trying to say here. I'm not bitter at netspeak or crying about people not understanding me, yet I don't have enough information, motivation, or arrogance to call this a treatise on internet language evolution.

So I suppose the purpose of this is simply to make it known that I'm trying. I'm trying real hard to show that there are those of us to whom proper writing is still important, even if the exact reasons why escape us. I'd also like to thank those of you who try in the face of overwhelming opposition to preserve proper English on the internet in spite of how pointless you may understand it to be.

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Jun 4 @ 4:12PM  
geez d00d, u sownd so pretenchus!

Kidding, I personally cannot STAND netspeak (save the occasional lol, brb, etc). Keep fighting the good fight lol

Jun 4 @ 4:18PM  
ummmm ok.

Jun 4 @ 4:33PM  
I dispise 'Net-speech', too. . It's for Kids . .
But...I'm the other way around . .
At 30-35 wpm . . I'm not a great typist . . but I can SPELL...!!!
' Yu c'n tell allot by how peppl type . . i allways chek my speling b-4 i send stuf . .
i don' wanna look lik a unejecated 'rednek' . . !!! '

Jun 4 @ 4:59PM  
Keep your style ... it sure helps us non-native speakers to understand your beautiful language better

Jun 4 @ 6:02PM  
I, for one, appreciate the effort to making yourself understood without resorting to 'net/text speak, serious amounts of 'slang' (which usually NOT universally understood) or excessive punctuation. Okay, so, grammatically, our English teachers might find many of us 'wanting' but I find your 'style' extremely easy to real and I believe I was clearly able to understand what you were trying to share.

Jun 4 @ 6:08PM  
Having been and English and Journalism major years ago, I completely understand your feelings on this! It took me a very long time to feel cofortable using any "net speak" at all! I still catch myself typing out entire words when chatting that could easily be abbreviated! Good blog!

Jun 5 @ 10:41AM  
That's interesting. I've never been in a community that insulted users of proper English. These can't be adults we're talking about... right?

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