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Their, there, they're (Spellcheck = an evil device) [TOTAL Vanity]
11/19/02

Posted on 11/19/2002 7:39:06 AM PST by EggsAckley

"There, their, my child," cooed the old school marm. "Your all right. It's just so easy to mix words up in yore mind."

"You see, a lot of them sound alike, and are even related in meaning. But if your ever going to be a good writer, you'll have to learn the difference. Their three different words, you see, and they'res really a difference." "When you hear them, theirs a chance you can't tell the difference, but if you write them, you're readers will be confused by what you mean, if your using the wrong one."

"Their are times when you want to say long ago, and that word is yore. And then they're are times you want to say you are, and that word is you're. And what does that leave? Your means belonging to you."

"But that's not all; when you want to say belonging to them, the word is their, and when you want to say that place, the word is there."

"And finally, they're means they are."

"Any questions?"



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Hate to sound like the "language Nazi" but it drives me CRAZY when I'm reading a post and these words are misused. It completely stops the comprehension of the content, and it's like stumbling over a rock. I blame it on spellcheck.
1 posted on 11/19/2002 7:39:06 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley
Your loosing it. :-)
2 posted on 11/19/2002 7:40:42 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
hehehe

write awn.
3 posted on 11/19/2002 7:42:10 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Miss Marple
This is a vey series problem. ;)
4 posted on 11/19/2002 7:42:37 AM PST by TheBigB
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To: EggsAckley
Their's no there they're.
5 posted on 11/19/2002 7:43:16 AM PST by guitfiddlist
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To: EggsAckley
Either you have lost you're mind, or your computer is off it's rocker.
6 posted on 11/19/2002 7:44:23 AM PST by js1138
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To: EggsAckley
How's about them whut use "alot" as one word?
7 posted on 11/19/2002 7:44:40 AM PST by ofMagog
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To: EggsAckley
The whole grammar thing makes me nauseous.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

8 posted on 11/19/2002 7:44:42 AM PST by mikeb704
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To: EggsAckley
It drives me crazy to. Its always a shame when people don't want to use grammer check who's features include it's spell check to.
9 posted on 11/19/2002 7:45:27 AM PST by eleni121
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To: EggsAckley
Loose, lose, loss, loser
10 posted on 11/19/2002 7:50:47 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: EggsAckley
You gonna whip 'em about lay vs. lie too? How about imply vs. infer or who's vs. whose or its and it's?
11 posted on 11/19/2002 7:51:25 AM PST by edsheppa
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To: eleni121

The Spelling Chequer:
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar writ
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
12 posted on 11/19/2002 7:52:43 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: EggsAckley
I await the day that some evil person creates a virus that replaces the dictionary of everyone's spell checker with a dictionary that has every word spelled slightly wrong.

13 posted on 11/19/2002 7:55:05 AM PST by Grig
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To: EggsAckley
This is a silly post. As someone once said,
"There is no there .. there." ,
But I ask "Could it be they're there",
Others think that "you are holding out for They're their"
But they wont tell you what their their is all about.
14 posted on 11/19/2002 7:55:36 AM PST by Common Tator
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To: EggsAckley
Eye cant taller ate thee miss takes witch ewe men shunned. Its uh con spear icy!

I hate the their/there/they're, it's/its, your/you're, lose/loose thing myself. It probably comes from being the son of a published novelist.

15 posted on 11/19/2002 7:56:46 AM PST by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: MotleyGirl70
What a laugh!
16 posted on 11/19/2002 7:57:24 AM PST by eleni121
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To: EggsAckley
Byte me!
17 posted on 11/19/2002 7:57:39 AM PST by socal_parrot
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To: EggsAckley
I love spell check high-lighting but wish that the autocheck could be killed. To know that a word has been mis-spelled by a typo or ignorance is a blessing but the user should be forced to use a dictionary for the educational value of the experience.

Of course, this does nothing for this problem. I first encountered it years ago when I got a solicitation letter offering to come to my work 'cite'. As an old f**t, I'm sure that it is not unusual to view the trends with alarm, but since I've felt this way for 30+ years, I wonder if I'm calling for the tide to receed. While it has not been the "King's English" for centuries, must we be so careless with what we have got?!

18 posted on 11/19/2002 7:57:52 AM PST by SES1066
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To: EggsAckley
Spelling

The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, 's' will be used instead of the soft 'c'. Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard 'c' will be replaced with 'k.' Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome 'ph' will be replaced by 'f'. This will make words like 'fotograf' 20 per sent shorter. In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent 'e's in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go. By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing 'th' by 'z' and 'W' by 'V'. During ze fifz year, ze unesesary 'o' kan be dropd from vords kontaining 'ou', and similar changes vud of kors; be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil b no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

Credit to:McRae Clan Home Page

19 posted on 11/19/2002 7:58:56 AM PST by lsee
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To: EggsAckley
it drives me CRAZY when I'm reading a post and these words are misused

I admit to wincing a little bit when I see such illiteracy or carelessness but, maybe you need some time off. ;-)

Oh, and the latest peeve I have is with people using "can not" instead of "cannot." (Idiots! ;-D)

20 posted on 11/19/2002 7:59:30 AM PST by newgeezer
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To: MotleyGirl70
Irregardless, I wanted to axe you, did you find this info in the libary over by the books on punkins?
21 posted on 11/19/2002 7:59:33 AM PST by rdax
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To: MotleyGirl70
ROFLMAO!
Good One!
22 posted on 11/19/2002 8:00:30 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: EggsAckley
It drives me nuts, too. And I make the mistake regularly enough to point the finger at myself.

I know the right answers. I'm just typing and words flowing and the next thing you know their on the page wrong.

Z

ps: and spellchecks don't catch them.
23 posted on 11/19/2002 8:00:39 AM PST by xzins
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To: edsheppa; EggsAckley
I don't know what effect this affect is going to have on my day. Thanks!
24 posted on 11/19/2002 8:00:42 AM PST by SES1066
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To: EggsAckley
Hate to sound like the "language Nazi" but it drives me CRAZY when I'm reading a post and these words are misused.

Ditto. And, FWIW, her ability to use these words properly was one of the reasons why I decided to ask my wife to marry me....

25 posted on 11/19/2002 8:01:20 AM PST by r9etb
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To: EggsAckley
Careful or the "Word Martial" will declare "Marshall Law!"
"Than" we will be in trouble more "then" not.
26 posted on 11/19/2002 8:01:55 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: Miss Marple
Your loosing it. :-)

refers to the act of you untying it, as in "loosing the dogs of war." You're losing it.

27 posted on 11/19/2002 8:02:42 AM PST by arthurus
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To: EggsAckley
Looking at the calender, we see that we have entered a new millenium. Hopefully, the English language can survive a little longer. But we are totally in danger of loosing the language. Bad spelling is literally exploding before our eyes. I'm like, can it get any worse? Were in desparate need of a return to proper spelling, which is intrical to preserving our language.

Then theirs the matter of the proper use of apostrophe's, which is a carry-over concern from the 90's. But thats' a whole seperate topic.

28 posted on 11/19/2002 8:03:06 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: mikeb704
The whole grammar thing makes me nauseous.

The nauseous substance renders you nauseated.

29 posted on 11/19/2002 8:04:51 AM PST by arthurus
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To: EggsAckley
I've always like these rules.

A Few, Pungent, Pointed Tips for Writers

1. Don't use no double negative.
2. Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.
3. Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.
4. About them sentence fragments.
5. When dangling, watch your participles.
6. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
7. Just between you and I, case is important too.
8. Don't write run-on sentences they are hard to read.
9. Don't use commas, when they aren't necessary.
10. Try to not ever split infinitives.
11. Its important use apostrophe's correctly.
12. Correct spelling is esential.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

30 posted on 11/19/2002 8:04:59 AM PST by LonePalm
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To: arthurus
See that little smiley face I made at the end of the sentence? That means I was joking! LOL!
31 posted on 11/19/2002 8:05:30 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: lsee
ROFLMAO!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

32 posted on 11/19/2002 8:06:26 AM PST by wku man
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To: edsheppa
You gonna whip 'em about lay vs. lie too? How about imply vs. infer or who's vs. whose or its and it's?

Surely no one makes those errors any more.

33 posted on 11/19/2002 8:06:47 AM PST by arthurus
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To: EggsAckley
I had an interesting spell check experience back in the ol' college daze. While typing a paper I ran "does not" together to spell doesnot. Spell check suggested the proper spelling was "doe snot." Good thing I caught it before turning it in! :)
34 posted on 11/19/2002 8:07:09 AM PST by Lil'freeper
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To: EggsAckley
Spell check in Word Perfect used to replace "HMOs" with "homos."
35 posted on 11/19/2002 8:08:29 AM PST by Corin Stormhands
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To: lsee
Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yër?
See the løveli lakes
The wøndërful telephøne system
And mäni interesting furry animals

36 posted on 11/19/2002 8:09:25 AM PST by mhking
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To: Charles Henrickson
Ah, yes, the "apostrophe catastrophe."
37 posted on 11/19/2002 8:09:41 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley
You seem to be inferring that we ought to obey you're rule's irregardless of it's consequences. That seems a little mischievious to me.
38 posted on 11/19/2002 8:09:43 AM PST by Sloth
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To: EggsAckley
Spell check won't catch the there their they're problem.
39 posted on 11/19/2002 8:11:11 AM PST by krb
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To: MotleyGirl70
In a forum of ideas, people should focus on what the writer is trying to say, not his spellings or his grammer. I find it very rude when an "a hole" corrects my spelling. He knows what I was trying to say! Please, save your criticism for your wife? or your poor kids! Get a life!
40 posted on 11/19/2002 8:11:14 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: JuJu2YuYu
Place the blame at the root cause...the damn dumb speller who thinks, "It doesn't matter".

Pssst>>>didn't want to offend them. LOL!

42 posted on 11/19/2002 8:14:37 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley

43 posted on 11/19/2002 8:15:12 AM PST by Textide
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To: lsee
Did you ever hear about the epic but failed battle of one of America's great newspaper publishers, Col. Robert R. McCormick of the Chicago Tribune? At a time when the Tribune was arguably one of the leading US Newspapers, he and his associate, James O’Donnell Bennett, embarked on an enduring 20 year effort to simplify and rationalize American English spelling. A grand effort that still reverbarates whenever a student finds that "'i' before 'e'" has many exceptions.
44 posted on 11/19/2002 8:16:52 AM PST by SES1066
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To: EggsAckley
Thank's mom...you're right...I'll try to do better... :)
45 posted on 11/19/2002 8:22:10 AM PST by joesnuffy
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To: philosofy123
He knows what I was trying to say!

Not always, but the worst errors are in the wrong use of grammar. The meaning of a sentence can be changed and a reader may have to go back and reread the preceding sentences and then think "well, he must have meant...". If there are too many spelling and/or grammar errors it becomes difficult for some readers (me, for instance) to even follow the text. One who uses sloppy grammar probably does not think so neatly, either.

46 posted on 11/19/2002 8:22:26 AM PST by arthurus
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To: EggsAckley
Bottom line: much thanks for your proactive, quality driven synergistic post targeted at empowering our leveraged skill set for a win-win strategic fit! Its best practice!
47 posted on 11/19/2002 8:24:11 AM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: EggsAckley
How many spelling errors are there in the following sentence?

With bated breath, I looked for the results from Kentucky's District 3, a bellwether where Anne Northup would be no shoo-in.

Answer: none.

48 posted on 11/19/2002 8:27:56 AM PST by southernnorthcarolina
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To: EggsAckley
Since everyone insists on calling me 'Auther', hear's my revenge: I challenge you to correctly spell the name of Isreal's capitol.
49 posted on 11/19/2002 8:27:57 AM PST by A Vast RightWing Conspirator
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To: LonePalm
Never use a preposition to end a sentance with.
50 posted on 11/19/2002 8:31:00 AM PST by Starwind
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