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The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by Palinite14 on 22 April 2004 2:04pm
 
In the book of the moment (well, a few months ago), Lynne Truss' punctuation blockbuster Eats, Shoots And Leaves, there is a rather disturbing story about a computer virus hoax. The hoax was that someone had created a virus that, when lodged in a computer, would refuse to deliver e-mails containing grammatical errors. This would seize up the communication systems of many major corporations and generally create chaos. My question is, are you pedantic? Do you believe that bad punctuation is a threat to society and merits such extreme measures, or do you think this is an antisocial and elitist view? Do commas matter to YOU??
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by JK on 22 April 2004 2:56pm
 
It may well be pedantic, but nothing riles me more than the misuse of `there, their and they`re`, along with `your and you`re`. It never ceases to amaze me just how many people make said grammatical faux paus. Grrrr!
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by peripatetically on 22 April 2004 3:00pm
 
Ditto, JK, among many other elementary grammatical errors. Actually, it doesn't make me angry, but it does make me stop and wonder why people do it.
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by Helen on 22 April 2004 3:47pm
 
I think some folks were never really taught proper spelling and grammar. And really, where's the incentive to learn? We have text chat and e-mail that encourages sloppiness. Drives me nuts.
English is an incredibly hard language to learn. SO much to know, remember, etc. It can be discouraging... Text and e-mail has lifted some of that "burden" to learn correct English, I guess. Just my two little piddly cents. I really want to read the book...

It's a communication breakdown and it is distressing to me. I see language/written word as an art form--- and seeing it sloppily mangled is like watching someone smear tomato catsup all over a Vermeer.
Our poor teachers are overworked and underpaid. What a gargantuan task they have. I salute them.
:)
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by tominator_49 on 22 April 2004 4:26pm
 
I normally try and put punctuation into my letter's and E-mails. But I don't really think society would collapse if this wasn't done everytime.
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by George on 22 April 2004 9:20pm
 
Being a teacher, I feel compelled most of the time. Depends on the level of communication really. I would describe this forum as "informal". Since most of us have been spoiled for some years now with programs with spelling & grammar checks, it's very forgivable, since there's none here. I honestly can't remember the last time I had to use a typewriter. That said, a serious piece requires good grammar, etc. in order to be taken seriously by the reader.
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by Tibetan sunset on 23 April 2004 12:13am
 
Sounds like you all need a holiday to me!
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by Helen on 23 April 2004 12:33am
 
I most certainly would like one soon. Now would be a good time.

 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by George on 23 April 2004 1:09am
 
As soon as school's out in a few weeks, I'm 'outta' here', too! Don't know where just yet.
 
Re: The myth of the Strunkenwhite Virus by Tibetan sunset on 23 April 2004 1:27am
 
well just don't go slacking on your punctuation between now and the end of term dear boy!
 
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