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#1 of 69 OFFLINE   alan halvorson

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Posted January 26 2005 - 03:29 PM

I don't claim to be a spelling wizard, although I do ok, and I understand that not everyone brings the same command of the English language to the internet and that I should be tolerant and I am, but there is one word that is constantly misspelled and it drives me nuts. That word is PAID, the past tense of the word PAY. Like in "I paid $500 for my receiver", not "I payed $500 for my receiver". I know it sounds like it ought to be "payed" but it isn't. It's another one of those quirks of the English language that I don't know how came to be. There - that's off my chest. Please use "paid" instead of "payed". Thank you! Now I better spell check this so no one catches me in a misspelling.
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Posted January 26 2005 - 03:43 PM

Blah Blah Blah!!!

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#3 of 69 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted January 26 2005 - 03:47 PM

It seems Merriam-Webster thinks "payed" is an alternate spelling. Now I don't know if that's an original, alternate spelling, or it just came about because so many people started using it.

#4 of 69 OFFLINE   Robert_Gaither



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Posted January 26 2005 - 05:20 PM

Like "you're and your", "base and bass" (esp on an audio forum), and "their, there, and they're" are some of the ones that bugs me. Posted Image

#5 of 69 OFFLINE   David Williams

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Posted January 26 2005 - 09:10 PM

You can add the correct usage of 'to, too & two" to that list.

My personal spelling peeve is the misspelling of the word 'judgment', which is one of the most frequently misspelled words. Would you believe misspell is also frequently misspelled? Posted Image
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#6 of 69 OFFLINE   Kenneth


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Posted January 27 2005 - 12:37 AM

I don't get hung up on how words are used because I deal a lot with people to whom English is their second or third language (besides that, I'm an engineer, so I would have to move to the land of black pots and kettles). So I'll cut them some slack if they want to be "scaring" instead of "scared". One set of words I see misused a lot, not because of spelling but grammar, is affect and effect. One is a verb and the other a noun, so it is usually pretty glaring when they are interchanged. Kenneth

#7 of 69 OFFLINE   Michael Warner

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Posted January 27 2005 - 12:47 AM

There loosers too have payed that much for a reciever! Posted Image
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#8 of 69 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted January 27 2005 - 01:46 AM

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#9 of 69 OFFLINE   Jason Hughes

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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:00 AM

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#10 of 69 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:03 AM

"Looser" is my biggest peeve. I can understand mixing up words with the same pronunciation and different meanings, but mixing up words that have completely different pronunciations and different meanings just gets in my craw. L-O-O-S-E-R means something is less tight. L-O-S-E-R means one who is not a winner. L-O-O-S-E means something that is not tight or to let go. L-O-S-E means to not win or to misplace. Edited for spelling.:b

#11 of 69 OFFLINE   dany


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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:03 AM

I have a saying"if you know what i meant,then its ok". I'm 52 years old,dont correct me.
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#12 of 69 OFFLINE   RichP


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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:14 AM

I also have a saying...

"If you want to look like a fool in front of the entire Internet, then that's ok." Posted Image

For better or worse, this forum is a written medium, not a spoken one. The shortcuts you can get away with when speaking simply do not work in a written medium. The horrible spelling and grammar that are sometimes seen on forums like this are akin to walking into a room full of strangers and stumbling over your words while drooling and saying, "Duhhhhhh," repeatedly. In short, no one would take you seriously or put any stock in anything you had to say. Why should it be any different here?

#13 of 69 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:20 AM

Actually, both can be used as nouns and verbs, although their meanings are different: affect (v) - to be a contributing factor affect (n) - a shortening of "affectation" (rare) effect (v) - to cause to happen (rare) as in "to effect a change" effect (n) - the result of an action In general, "affect" is the verb and "effect" is the noun, and people really shouldn't be using the interchangeably. The spelling error that drives me up a wall is "rediculous". There is no "e" in "ridiculous". This is often made worse because it's often stressed, as in "that they expect us to pay this much is REDICULOUS!", making someone look even more stupid.
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#14 of 69 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:28 AM

Almost as ironic as "You are such a LOOSER!".Posted Image

#15 of 69 OFFLINE   Dave Poehlman

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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:41 AM

Get it right, Jeff: "Your such a looser!"

#16 of 69 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:45 AM

Your correct, you'res is better than mine.

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Posted January 27 2005 - 02:49 AM

OKay here is my biggest pet peeve of sayings that people use incorrectly... I could care less or I couldn't care less... In this case an expression which originally meant “it would be impossible for me to care less than I do because I do not care at all” is rendered senseless by being transformed into the now-common “I could care less.” Think about it: if you could care less, that means you care some. This one drives me crazy!

#18 of 69 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted January 27 2005 - 03:05 AM

* except when adressing your bitches, then it is also appropriate to use the form pizzayyyyed - especially if they aren't forthcoming with their earnings

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#19 of 69 OFFLINE   MarkHastings


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Posted January 27 2005 - 03:10 AM

Payed: A past tense and a past participle of pay

source: Dictionary.com

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Posted January 27 2005 - 03:21 AM

I couldn't careless right now because I am carrying this expensive vase I don't want to drop Posted Image

Don't hand me that vase because I could careless and drop it :P)

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