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The importance of being Ernest ( Or at least grammatically correct.. )


I have terribadterrible grammar – I know. My spelling is appalling. My typing also puts capital Letters in random Places. I will use 1st instead of first ect ect ect,  and I think I put too many ……… in my posts too.

ButAdmiting your problems has to be one of the 1st first steps right?

I sometimes manage to catch the spelling – but  the WordPress spell check is a bit fiddly and If I click the wrong place to fix a word the the whole spell check thing wears off.

No excuses.

I blame that I was reading books as a kid that were more advanced then the language and grammar I was being taught at school – so my comprehensive was way ahead of my language skills. The school librarian tried to take a book off me when she saw I was reading Pillars of the earth by Ken Follet when I was 10ish  and also my school generation seem to have had the least amount of attention paid to grammar as possible.

Yes English is my first and only language – unless you can count the swear words in about 10 other languages ( Due to the Multiculturalism that is Aussie High schools) and a smattering of beginners Nihongo

A short story I got published first went through a rigorous red pen slash and circle exercise before making it to the newsletter. I hadn’t realised how bad I was – and the lesson imparted on me was “Your ideas are great – but you need to work on selling those ideas in a more presentable format.” He also suggested I buy Eats Shoots and Leaves which I did and I read it once. Now its somewhere lost in my bookshelf amongst the writers guides to crime writing, private investigation, murder scenes, knot tying, and Stephen Kings “On writing” book
Which is funny considering my writing is all Sci Fic or Fantasy themed based, and a Cheese stealing office ninja type story.

The speed I read means I also miss a lot of spelling as I don’t need to read the whole word to get the meaning.
Like the following meme has been around since 2003 according to Snopes

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

But I promise to work on getting better.

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10 Responses to “The importance of being Ernest ( Or at least grammatically correct.. )”


  1. 1 Barie September 11, 2008 at 3:26 am

    I always wanted to be a writer but learned I was no good after only 1 writing class. I did, however, learn that I am great at editing other’s work. Eats, Shoots & Leaves was a great book but spelling and grammar are just one of those things that just come easier for some people. So people like you should keep selling your ideas, and people like me will edit them. 😉

  2. 2 Shastarian September 11, 2008 at 4:05 am

    I was the same in school, and find the same things in my writing (such as it is) as you mention. Must be the Australian School System …

  3. 3 krizzlybear September 11, 2008 at 4:13 am

    If taht is ieednd teh csae, tehn oyu aer dnoig a fatnsaitc jbo dlvelponig yuor wnitrig slklis.

    Fcuk, srcmbalnig wdros is ralely tugoh, lamo!

  4. 4 gnomeaggedon September 11, 2008 at 4:40 am

    yeah I never realised how non-existent my grammar was until I tried to learn spanish…. the teacher said “remember your english grammar lessons, then apply the lessons I am going to give”

    My response “English Grammer lessons?” ummm “English Grammar?”

    Ahh to be an Australian without a care in the world 😉

  5. 5 Larísa September 11, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Honestly I feel ashamed at every single post I make, knowing it’s probably full of spelling and grammer errors. It goes against my instincts. If I write in my native tongue you won’t find anything of that. But if I would have the ambition to only publish perfect English posts, I’d have to cut down my blogging to a third of it’s current volume. It would simply take to much of time and effort. So I keep my eyes closed and hope that people will forgive me.

  6. 6 Isisxotic September 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I rarely notice spelling or grammar errors in blog posts. I’m reading quickly, and I’m looking for content. I think your readers probably don’t notice errors as often as you may think!

    (I’ve proofread this comment more than some of my own posts *blush*)

  7. 7 pugnaciouspriest September 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Ive made some “bad” grammatical errors – /hides face in shame..
    @barie – but u guys cost money! 😛
    @Shastarian – I always did well in english so I don’t understand what they taught us if not grammer and spelling 🙂
    @krizzley – that would have taken some effort.. LOL
    & Gnome.. – We have cares.. just sometimes a little delayed..
    Larisa – you have a very valid excuse…! Its my native tounge and I still butcher it..
    and cheers isisxotic – but i do need to be a little less lazy 🙂

  8. 8 SappyRogue September 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I’m a fan of correct grammar and tend to be neurotic when I make a typo. I proofread each of my posts at least twice before posting, and on average three times. I dunno, I’m just like that.

    Originally when I went to college I was going to be an English major, but I bailed on it when I realized just how much writing I’d have to do. There’s some irony there considering the various topics I’ve blogged about over the last two years.

    On writing as a whole, though, I’m with Barie. I’m an ok writer overall, but I sometimes think I was born to be an editor.

  9. 9 Mark September 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Honestly, this has been my favorite of your posts. I only recently started playing WoW, but I must admit that I’m completely addicted. Part of that addicition is reading as many peoples’ thoughts on the game as possible. Thanks to some restrictions in place on my work network, my choices whilst at the workplace are pretty limited. Happily, WordPress.com sites are amongst the few to which access. I enjoy reading your posts, but I’ve also noticed some of things in your writing that you’ve mentioned here. It’s refreshing to see someone drawing attention to, acknowledging, and bringing humor to their faults. Great blog. Great post.

  10. 10 gnomeaggedon September 12, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Actually, I think I can share in Larisa’s “excuse”… English is my 2nd language too (as My wife will tell you, I can only speak “Stralyn”)


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