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Warning: Spelling cops

Okay, usually I don't care about seeing typos/grammar errors. As a third grade teacher, I'm very used to it and not offended at all.
But could we all just work on one little teeny tiny thing? Since this IS a weight loss board-- I'm tired of people "loosing" weight.
lose = opp. of gain "I want to lose 30 pounds."
loose = not tight "My size 12 shorts are loose."
Now people are still going to do it wrong, but I feel better having said it. =)

Sat. Jun 30, 11:03am

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lol I've got to agree with you on this one.

I can ignore almost every other spelling error around (although they bug me, too), but loose / lose drives me CRAZY!

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 2:23 PM

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bad bad typists, all in time out now!

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 5:14 PM

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It's not a typo - it's a misspelling! And it's the only one that drives me crazy! I see it so much I start to doubt myself (lose? loose?) - makes me think I'm loosing my mind ;)

Monday, July 02, 2007, 8:03 PM

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I understand

We all need our areas to vent our anger - but doing it at people to make them feel bad about their spelling!! Come on Gals - surely you have better things to do with your time than read and correct verse! Yes I am a teacher too and enjoy reading peoples thoughts and opinions, but Im not going to sit here and correst spelling and give them tips!! Thats the day job.
Lighten UP!!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 9:00 PM

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OP. I bet you are not so great at Math or science. Maybe you are not such a great homemaker or maybe you are not so athletic. Nobodys perfect! Obvioulsly you understand what they are trying to communicate. Try and see the positive in peoples comments your not at work! We are not your students, we are your peers!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 9:20 PM

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you make lots of assumptions in your message!! "I bet you are not good at ..... and this ..... and that", and as for the comment about not being athletic - You seriously need to have a look at yourself! My personal profile would blow you away if you knew what I did professionally and personally (in Sports).
I dont have the problem with my PEERS - I just dont like to belittle tham re language like others do!! Language skills yes are important but not the be all and end all of living!! Good social graces and knowing when to make comment and more importantly when not too is more vital than correct spelling.
People that need to correct people on such things have very little socail skills and are looking only to make others feel worse about themselves. I bet the 3rd grade teacher cant run out of site on a dark night - but her students and parents are successful in the point that they are living, developing and growing into social creatures. Maybe one less book, one less chocolate and spend more time exercising might be as important as getting your speeling correct. Spelling Heart Attack correctly is not going to stop you having one!!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 10:08 PM

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Man! You you really think you greet! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 10:17 PM

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10:08 Whaaa??? You lost me...what lines are you reading between???

It sounded like a light-hearted plea to me! No name calling, no insults, no assumptions - it's a rare post on this message board! The vents about the vent are far more intense...lighten up yourselves!! Sheesh.

Monday, July 02, 2007, 10:22 PM

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I dont think I am great - I just think I am doing the best I can. Not wanting to put others down just to make myself feel better. Maybe you should look in the mirror first before you ask about others. Im pretty humble until someone wants a piece of me!!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 10:40 PM

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OP here... I really hit a nerve here, and this was supposed to be a light-hearted comment. I even put a warning on it. It was really more like an observation. Read it again. Or ignore it. My God, people, find something important to care about!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:04 AM

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I took it as lighthearted, but then there are all these people 'round these parts who think it's unacceptable to say anything that doesn't take all possible personal circumstances into account - which is tantamount to saying that we should keep our feelings to ourselves for fear of offending even one person. To that one person I say this is the real world where we don't psychically know your personal history, so grow a thicker skin (but not by adding fat!!).

And I agree with lose/loose being the most annoying typo you can make on a weight loss website. Though I suppose if people were typing "wait" instead of "weight", that would drive me equally bonkers.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 6:39 AM

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Look, teacher...
Minor things like that don't matter on a website where the people should be typing as quickly as possible before they get their butts out the door and to the gym.
I'm not a teacher, but I used to correct my own teachers in my day. You know what they say. THOSE WHO CAN, DO. THOSE WHO CAN'T, TEACH!

So keep your preaching in the workplace, this is obviously a case of someone taking their work home with them.

And by the way, we are not in third grade, and don't need your guidance. I can guarentee that 99% of us know how to spell, but dont bother proof-reading our posts just to make people like you happy.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 6:58 AM

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I see "Loose weight" all over the internet. I firmly believe this is not a typo, but rather a belief that this is how to spell the word "Lose". It is annoying, and I'm glad OP attempted to educate.

I used to go batty over "Should of" "Would of" and "Could of", but luckily I haven't seen that around much anymore.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 7:05 AM

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Thanks, 6:58... That's a lovely saying the business world is fond of. Works in business, I'm sure. And all in capitals, my my... You must have truly meant it. What exactly does your guarantee of 99% good spellers who choose to misspell everything consist of? I may be interested in cashing in.
Believe me, I don't need to sit here and proof things to notice spelling. It just pops out.
You sure have some pent-up anti-teacher aggression, don't you? Maybe you should head to therapy to get some help with that. Good luck to you.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 10:52 AM

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I agree, bad spelling 'pops' out. Typos are not the same. I am a terrible typist, but I never add an extra o to the word lose. Also, I agree that when you see it over and over spelled incorrectly, a person tends to wonder if they are the one who is

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 11:19 AM

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So rude. The OP was just helping out. No need to attack. Lay off a little.

You may now proceed to attack me whilst I sit here and laugh. Go on. I'm waiting for it.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:41 PM

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10:52 - stop being bitter!

You're all tsk tsk this and tsk tsk that.

You want to talk about spelling? Well then lets talk about education, too! Anyone who didn't go to college or high school, get off this site because we don't want your bad spelling here! What, you couldn't afford college? Too bad! You can't spell and it annoys us! You don't deserve support and encouragement in losing weight because you somehow forgot the spelling ofl a few words! You are not worthy of our attention!
What? You say you are doing well in your life? You say you own a car dealership and pull in over half a million each year? But, occasionally you write " Run's great" on one of your cars instead of "Runs great"? Well, we are the spelling cops, and we don't want you here!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 1:53 PM

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wow...that is all I have to say...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 2:20 PM

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where are you getting this stuff from?

Why does someone have to have finished college, high school, or even elementary school to a) know the difference between lose and loose, or b) learn it?
Did anybody say or even imply that poor spellers should leave the board or don't deserve support? If so, it wasn't here.
I have a beautiful, brilliant sister whom I love and admire deeply, and who does everything pretty much perfectly, except spelling. Do I look down on her for that? No, I don't care. But if she kept writing the same error over and over again and I noticed it, I might mention it to her. And she would most likely say, "Oh, thanks," and that would be the end of it. But that's someone who doesn't need to start a war over a harmless little comment.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 5:02 PM

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"Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer two fined awl yore mistakes."

Got my hubby a notepad that says that as a stocking stuffer last year. He thought it was hilarious. *shrug*

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 5:10 PM

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As a college professor, I say spell however you want in this forum. I understand the points people are trying to make when they post here. I suspect that the grammar Gestapo is trying to convince themselves of their own superiority. Good luck with that.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 5:40 PM

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gestapo... nice.
the speling "gestapo" had a harmless comment. harmless. without harm. not an insult. not a criticism. with a warning in the title. twist it around all you want, name-call all you like, defend your job/education/income while insulting those of others, that's all it was.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 5:48 PM

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You're right. Sorry. Misplaced anger.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 6:03 PM

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OP- You knew as soon as you posted this subject it would bring a sh%$ storm. Everytime someone brings it up on this website there is a major backlash and people get furious. How 'bout you take a dose of your own medicine and "care about sometihng important."

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 7:20 PM

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Thanks, professor. The only sane comment to come out of all this.
This is a forum, not a mid-term. You win by action and giving good avdice. If anyone thinks spelling right will help people loooose weight, good luck.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 9:07 PM

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Okay folks, I apreciate the correction of loose and lose, but I will not remember it when I type next time. I am trying so hard to lose weight and get myself into a better place medically (I have no idea if that is the correct spelling), the last thing I need is judgement on spelling. I have spent my whole life with my nose in the dictionary when it is important. I will not apoligise for a learning disability that I have spent 50 years living with and trying to improve. Oh and by the way, I have a post graduate degree, and I am very very good at math. So get a life and get off our backs. Help me lose weight, of leave me alone. There now I have vented also.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 9:35 PM

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Not really buying into the expertise of the "college professor". I've done proofreading for too many of them to put much stock in their grammar and spelling skills.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 9:48 PM

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 11:13 PM

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OMG! I just came across this one. You people are HILARIOUS! The OP posted about something that bothered her (which all of you do) then you flip out! Talk about hypocritical. I bet those that flipped out are ones that do the spelling wrong!

The comment about the "THOSE WHO CAN, DO. THOSE WHO CAN'T, TEACH!"

You are an ignorant arse. I am a teacher and my whole family is FULL of teachers. Where would most people be without them. It is a thankless profession.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 2:55 PM

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If its a thankless profession, why do you do it?
My whole family are teachers too (Proffessors, mostly math and logic), and I wasn't talking about teaching as a profession. I was talking about preaching and teaching about something when the person who is doing it is not following their own advice. Duh.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:11 PM

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I think that loose/lose is a mispelling and not a typo. Many people hear what they're trying to type in their head as they type it. It's just like how you read outloud to yourself in your head when you're reading something in front of you. If you're typing quickly, you'll often type something that sounds phonetically the same but is spelled differently such as: hear/here their/there your/you're. Even though loose/lose don't sound exactly the same, it's easy to blur them when you're going quickly. It doesn't mean people are uneducated or aren't aware of the difference because it's not a grammatical issue. If anything, correct use of lay/lie is much worse in terms of people not understanding. Teaching is shamefully a thankless job, but I do find it silly that people harp on spelling when the bigger issue at hand is people's weight.

At the very least, OP had the deceny to just start a thread with her pet peeve as opposed to lashing out at someone on an unrelated thread for their spelling mistake.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:22 PM

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that saying does not even refer to academic teachers/professors. it is about athletic coaches. it's used to help explain why so many gym teachers are overweight. frankly, i don't care what the motivation behind your snide comment was/is. it's rude and unproductive and any good point you may have made was/is lost. sometimes it's not the spelling or lack of puncuation that make comments unreadable, but rather the manner in which a though/opinion is expressed.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:28 PM

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irregardless . love this one!! my boss uses this word when he's in a heated debate and trying to sound really smart. it's hilarious. i informed him of the fact the "irregardless" is not a word, but he apparently didn't register that bit of advice.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:32 PM

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i hate the misuse of you're and your. ARGH!

My hubby used to always say comprable. I told him it wasn't a word. You need to use the work comparable. I had to show him in the dictionary :P

And to 3:11 I am the 2:55... I teach because I enjoy it. Not for the pay obviously. People sometimes degrade the teaching profession which is why I brought up the comment. Maybe I misread it, but that is what it looked like you were saying.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:40 PM

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Seriously, 3:11...Have you been waiting this whole time for someone to revive this dead thread? And it's 'professor' with one 'F'...

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 10:56 PM

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