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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:17 PM
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Poll question: Do you ever worry that the Internets are ruining your writing skills?
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:21 PM by iconoclastic cat
I feel my diction deteriorating beneath my feet! Am I paranoid, or am I really forgetting how to write and speak properly?

What about you?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:19 PM
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1. Yes, because I am a sports writer and I feel I write like shit
over the internet but I really do write good articles for my job. Seriously, I do. :)
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:21 PM
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2. I see more and more WRITERS using text-message slang!
Now, that's scary.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:27 PM
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7. Yes-I am a big text message user
and it shows in my internet writing.
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scottxyz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:21 PM
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3. Hope I'm not being full of myself, but..
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:24 PM by scottxyz
...I actually think the Internet has IMPROVED my writing skills.

Why?

(1) I write a LOT MORE now. (Too often, actually. I have no life.)

(2) When I write something stupid, I get slammed. Conversely, when I write something good, I get compliments. I think this kind of feedback helps me write better.


(By the way, you should clarify what you mean by "writing skills". Are you talking spelling, grammar, punctuation? Heck, we all make mistakes when we write fast on the web without the benefit of a proofreader. But if by "writing skills" you mean the ability to communicate and/or persuade, I would guess that the web improves people's skills. Practice makes perfect.)


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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:24 PM
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5. The best way to improve your writing
is to write, to be sure. I wonder if your usage has improved as well. Do you edit yourself for things like parallel structure while online?
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scottxyz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:30 PM
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10. I edit for EVERYTHING on-line
If I can make sure the structure is parallel, I do that.

If I can shorten things and still preserve the meaning, I do that. (I noticed that my long posts got few responses, and my short ones got lots.)

I go back and check the spelling, the punctuation... I break up things into shorter paragraphs hoping to get more people to read it.

As far as content - I try to sound "reasonable" and "unbiased" - so people won't just decide I'm some kind of tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorist.

I think I've learned a LOT from posting on DU, and from seeing how people react to things I wrote. I hope my high-school English teacher would agree that I've made some progress!
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dhinojosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:29 PM
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9. I agree. There are also some other advantages

  • My knack for debate has improved.
  • My vocabulary has far exceeded a republican's vocabulary.
  • My knowledge of current events and history has also been improved.
  • My typing skills are that of a professional typist.
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    bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:23 PM
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    4. It makes it a lot harder to slur my words.
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    iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:25 PM
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    6. You need to go to the bar!
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    bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:37 PM
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    11. I went to Mr Scorpio's Bar , and ordered a Chocolate Martini.
    he gave me some Girlie Mans drink, dont get me wrong I'm not complaining. I love free drinks.
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    NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:28 PM
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    8. Grammar's Fine, Vocabulary Has Been *Drained*
    It's gotten much better since I quit online gaming, where you're ICQ, etc, chatting with people whose vocabulary is usually around 10th grade level.
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    Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:38 PM
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    12. My handwriting is now horrendous
    Let's put it this way...I could write scrips at this point and the pharmacies would think they were worse than usual!
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    iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:41 PM
    Response to Reply #12
    14. Hmmm...I'm running low on Vicodin!
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    Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:59 PM
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    19. I'm telling you...you'd end up with viagra LOL (EOM)
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    iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:01 PM
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    20. Either way, I'm...
    ...going to get into trouble with the mods if I don't stop now.
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    ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:39 PM
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    13. Know. Y?
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    Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:42 PM
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    15. No, I don't.
    I'm not as big a stickler with my writing in a casual forum, but I am pretty picky when it comes to my actual writing.
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    iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:48 PM
    Response to Reply #15
    17. Another question for you:
    Have you noticed DU slang slipping into your casual speech? (For instance, have you said "Internets" out loud to non-DUers?)
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    Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:53 PM
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    18. No.
    I've been a member of messageboards long enough to avoid that sort of thing. On most messageboards, I avoid the use of most of the slang or acronyms because they bug me. Fortunately, most of the slang and shorthand around DU (like "DU" for example) doesn't bug me.

    I belong to another messageboard that doesn't allow "AOL Speak", for which I'm grateful. ;)

    Boy, I really sound as though I walk around with a stick up my hind end, don't I? :D

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    asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:45 PM
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    16. I liek teh rite on interents it is teh 133t r0x0r LOLOL!!!!!!!!
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    rbnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:04 PM
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    21. Have you ever said "L" "O" "L" ...
    ...after hearing something funny?
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    iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:08 PM
    Response to Reply #21
    22. No! I have, however, passed a "WTF?" note to a colleague in a meeting.
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    Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:09 PM
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    23. That works, though.
    You used "WTF" in a written format rather than saying it out loud.

    Was your colleague familiar with it?
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    iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:12 PM
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    25. Yes, but she just shook her head in wonder.
    The whole thing was an unforgivable waste of our time.
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    patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:11 PM
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    24. People who IM me hate me. I start every sentence with a capital letter
    I space twice after a period, and I write as if I were writing a letter. They, on the other hand, use all small or all capital letters and seem to think I am some sort of eletist because I use proper English when I IM people, or respond to IM's? :shrug:

    ...otoh i can be a jerk and imho this is a garbage post...just like most in the lounge..you lizards all look alike to me...green and scally :ugh:...do we have a ugh smilie?
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    iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:13 PM
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    27. HEY!
    You better be dripping in irony, pal!

    Lizard, my ass--this is a pleasant distraction from my daily reality-based horror and loathing!
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    Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:12 PM
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    26. no, I learned proper English before the internets came along
    but I must say I am appalled at some of the writing "skills" of the younger folk I work with. The older folk, too. :o
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    dhinojosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:02 PM
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    28. If you started learning proper English less than 43 years
    the "internets" will have you beat. :)


    http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtml
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    A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:13 PM
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    29. It freed me right up.
    Internet writing has liberated my writing and strengthened
    my confidence. I dont really spend much time thinking about what's
    "proper"; it's just a matter of what you can get away with.
    Net writing made it easier to create characters & personas
    & express the kind of playfulness & mystery that I dig. The
    instant feedback is what you just dont get when youre plowing
    away by yourself day after night after day. It's still mainly
    solitary work, but the net stuff has definitely opened up a
    fresh vein in my writing.

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    InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:25 PM
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    30. I once used "IMO"...
    ...in an "official" college essay. And I didn't even notice I'd done so until weeks afterwards. Maybe the really odd thing was that none of the profs seemed to find it out of place either....
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