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They Can't Spell

When people on these blogs are defending themselves, a lot of them seem to hold multiple degrees and hold important jobs, and yet, they can't spell, their grammar is terrible, and they don't seem to be able to read? Look how well I do.

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Kathr, you make an excellent point. I have a nephew who is highly intelligent. He has his doctorate degree in virology. My guess is he is a good speller, but you cannot read his writing???

As fur me, huked on fonix wurked fur me!!! :-)
---trey on 1/12/16


Kathr your example of "The package hasn't came in yet" seems to be (from my observation) a very common American error. I read more, on the internet, from Americans than I do from English people and it seems to be a confusion they have with tenses. Another example is "He would have 'went'" when they mean 'gone'.

If teachers don't correct errors (and many don't here either these days) the errors will continue. We now have a third generation of people who seem to understand very little about English grammar and spelling so I don't see the skills returning. Youngsters don't like being corrected and nor do teachers - but that is what is required.
---Rita_H on 1/10/16


John 9346 said, "Sorry no one likes your cooking I know that must be disappointing and rejecting in your feelings."

It doesn't break my heart or hurt my feelings. I am used to it by now. Besides, I spent a lot of my life when I was growing up washing dishes.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 1/7/16


Brendan,

Thank you sir and I want you to know that I appreciate the discussion/questions you bring to this blog.

Sorry no one likes your cooking I know that must be disappointing and rejecting in your feelings.
---john9346 on 1/5/16


John, I am always willing to answer reasonable questions, so no problem.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 1/5/16




I hope you do not mind me asking these questions I was just telling one of my friends about you the other night.
---john9346 on 1/3/16


John 9346 said, " So, does everyone cook for themselves or is there a rotation each night of who will do it?"

One of the monks is a gourmet, so we pretty much let him cook the meals. As I said, occasionally, I will cook, but it is Western PA comfort food, with a couple of other things thrown in.

However, if I make spaghetti, the sauce is too thin. No one likes my chili--too bland. Macaroni and cheese is too crunchy. All and all, if I want something special, I can cook it. Otherwise, we let the gourmet cook.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 1/3/16


So, does everyone cook for themselves or is there a rotation each night of who will do it?

interesting, you used to polish jewelry.
---john9346 on 1/3/16


John 9346 said, "So, tell me, what kinds of things do you cook?
Where do you do the manual labor?"


As far as the labor, we have a laundry room, and (thankfully) a washer and a dryer. We do not have a dishwasher, so part of my labor is washing the dishes, done, of course, in the kitchen. (I can't sing, I can't read or write music, and I am a real fumble fingers when it comes to any sort of fine workmanship. I used to be able to repair and polish jewelry, but even that is beyond me now.)

The dishes we have are all sternly built stoneware and heavy glass. If I drop something, it normally doesn't break, but if it does, well, it's cheap, and we can repair it.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 1/2/16


It's what's in the heart that's important.---john1944 on 1/1/16

AMEN! By their fruits you will know them.
---Nicole_Lacey on 1/1/16




It's what's in the heart that's important.
---john1944 on 1/1/16


I'm somewhat of a wordsmith & believe higher education focuses & pressures are no excuse for sloppy penmanship when we want to effectively communicate with others. ---Leon on 12/28/15

I can agree with you.

I believe poor penmanship is different from sloppy penmanship.

The first doesn't have the knowledge, but the 2nd does have the knowledge but choose not to use it.


What is worst is when people waste space being NASTY, BITTER, HATEFUL, CALLING NAMES AND THE LIKE.

Jesus can live with sloppy penmanship as long it is merciful, kind, caring, thoughtful, uplifting and peaceful.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/28/15


I try spelling correctly to more "effectively" communicate & better get my point across to intended audiences. To do any less, I believe, isn't really communicating if they don't understand me. Bad spelling is like listening to youngsters, who express themselves badly by using slang jargon repetitively, for instance, "You know what I'm saying?" Grrr! I hate that.

More than bad spelling, what really bugs me is when people waste space by not using contractions: abbreviations & acronyms. I'm somewhat of a wordsmith & believe higher education focuses & pressures are no excuse for sloppy penmanship when we want to effectively communicate with others.
---Leon on 12/28/15


I care and I am trying to improve.

But, I refuse to allow PRIDE to stop me from spreading God's Truth!

You all can make fun of my spelling and grammar mistakes all you wish.

I simply and truly don't care as some have come to realize on this blog.
Poor Cluny has been a victim of my poor English.

I have to work to eat. It isn't the Government's responsible to feed me.

Even with my lack of the command of English (Written and Speaking) by the GRACE of God I obtained a degree in Nursing and Take care of my patients without killing or harming anyone by the Grace of God.

Poor spelling and grammar will not STOP me from entering HEAVEN!
PRAISE JESUS!

Jesus doesn't demand an English entrance exam.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/27/15


However the more traditional monks (including myself) are not part of an order. Rather, they group in small hermitages (one or two monks) or in big monasteries, where they enter, and never leave. The idea is to do good, and disappear. Most of a monk's life is made up in prayer (even little old me), plus whatever manual labor that needs to be done. (I end up washing the dishes and doing the laundry. I also cook, upon occasion.)
---Monk_Brendan on 11/27/15

So, tell me, what kinds of things do you cook?

Where do you do the manual labor?
---john9346 on 12/27/15


Improper grammar or misspelling is not necessarily indicative of a lack of intelligence. Some people simply don't care enough about proper grammar or spelling as long as they get their point across. They view the subject matter to be of more importance, so proper grammar, spelling, or punctuation is low on their list of priorities. My two brothers are engineers with masters degrees and they have atrocious penmanship and spelling abilities. Yet the subject matter of their misspelled and poorly punctuated writings are beyond comprehension for even the most learned English experts. It's not that they are unintelligent, it's that more sophisticated subjects like math and science take precedence.
---Jed on 12/18/15


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...they can't spell, their grammar is terrible, and they don't seem to be able to read?
---Monk_Brendan on 12/17/15

I know that our minds have different characteristics that cannot fully be appreciated.

I am an engineer who works well with detailed plans. But ask me to design and build something artistic and I am lost.

My wife however, is artistic and can design and build something without hesitation. She is able to be spontaneous about the design and change the design freely, while I must design and build it perfectly the first time.

In our written communication, spelling and grammar are important to me. But to my wife, not so much.

Does this mean that I am a better communicator than my wife? No.
---Mark_Eqton on 12/18/15


When I was growing up in school I always made good grades in spelling but after going to College that may not always be the case now. I took so many short cuts in taking notes in College I came out a terrible speller that is why I keep a dictionary near my computer and use it when needed. Spelling by others doesn't bother me as long as they get the point over where it is understandable. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 12/18/15


Spelling, grammar, math, etc. are all learned skills. Everyone has has better aptitude at some skills than others, and everyone has better opportunities to learn some skills than others.

Some people can think of ideas coherently, but don't have the linguistic skills to convey them properly in speech, and/or writing. Some can write well, but can't think logically.

I've found that, as I grow older, I am more prone to typographical errors, spelling errors, and grammar errors than I used to be.

All of these are imperfections of the human condition. They are only a person's fault if they are there by choice (e.g. being ignorant about something is normal and fine, but deliberately choosing to be ignorant is not.)
---StrongAxe on 12/18/15


Some of the most brilliant people cannot spell. Some have horrible handwriting. And some can't do simple math. The human mind is a mystery. I believe bad grammar is learned from childhood and can be a cultural thing. It does baffle me when I hear a CPA say..." The package hasn't came in yet". We are all so uniquely different....and should be loved for exactly who we are....without comment.
---kathr4453 on 12/17/15


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I have experienced many people who cannot spell. They were all educated and held high positions within the companies for which I worked. As a wordsmith myself these people always ensured that I would have good jobs as their assistant. Spelling is a natural or unnatural for people.
---KarenD on 12/17/15


Maybe they are sleepy or under some kind of influence.
---Geraldine on 12/17/15


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