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If there's one thing I can not stand, it's the vaguely amusing oxygen thieves on TM and their disastrous attempts at spelling/grammar in their ads.

 

Here's an example - can you spot the error?

 

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Home-audio/Home-theatre/auction-319255447.htm

 

And this one http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Home-audio/Full-systems/auction-319191934.htm

And this one, maybe a rip-off Poineer product? http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Home-audio/CD-players/auction-319218926.htm

 

And this one, a few 'honest' mistakes here http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Home-audio/Amplifiers-tuners/auction-319213796.htm

 

Now I'm sure most would say these sellers are earthy types, unsophisticated 'salt of the earth' people and deserve to be cut some slack - I'm not so sure...

 

Let's keep this running, laughing at those less intelligent than myself has given me a lifetime of amusement (ha ha Neil!), and nothing amuses me more than slinging off at people that can't spell for toffee.

Whoofer - Ha ha ha!!

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LOL

 

If you think Tardme is bad, try reading your typical car forums, you'll quickly have an apoplectic fit.

 

The places are populated by dolts can't distinguish between brakes/breaks, tire/tyre etc.

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Trying to search for 'Zildjian', 'Perreaux', 'Sansui', 'Paiste' or even more complicated things like 'Dog' can be tricky on trademe at the best of times.

 

I've now got three spellings for Perreaux that I search for regularly. Another three for Plinius. 'Zildjian' I gave up on and started searching for 'cymbal', which I now have no less than five incorrect spellings I have to use as well.

 

'Sansui' misspellings are mind-bogglingly bad. How can people get the name wrong when it's stamped into the thing they've obviously owned for years and is right in front of them!?

 

The meek shall inherit the earth, and they'll even spell 'earth' incorrectly.

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King Size;133765 wrote:
I concur.

 

Nope, not having a bar of it. People with an even cursory interest in things of a HiFi nature should at least be able to spell the brand names properly.

If I was in charge I'd allow 3 strikes for bad literacy, the third strike would result in this punishment

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I don't know Oily Crumb Pits - sometimes I think the greatest thing to aspire to in this world is the ability to be tolerant of other peoples' faults, and their differences. The world would be a more peaceful place if we could all get to that level of humanity. Now what REALLY bugs me is the people that pronounce it Poineer...

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Antipodes;133772 wrote:
I don't know Oily Crumb Pits - sometimes I think the greatest thing to aspire to in this world is the ability to be tolerant of other peoples' faults, and their differences. The world would be a more peaceful place if we could all get to that level of humanity. Now what REALLY bugs me is the people that pronounce it Poineer...

 

Ha ha ha! I guess I'm a touch of a spelling Nazi, winning spelling bees at the age of 7 at school has made me very grammar and spelling conscious.

Pronunciation? A chap that used to come into the shop a few years back always referred to it as "Doby Digital'. My brother enjoys listening to his 'Wharfendale' speakers and Yamaha sub 'wooofer' (emphasis on the 'wooof'), and likes to open the disc tray on his Deeenon cd player.

 

It's like dragging fingernails on a chalk board.

 

I heard Neil, Radar and Poindexter were considering turning themselves into a human centipede. Now I'd pay to see that !!

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"Can oi pluz huv two fish, a scoop'a chups and a plunius thurty one hundrud?"

 

The world would be a better place if people could communicate in intelligent, expressive and creative ways. There is no reason why anyone shouldn't be able to read and write properly once they've finished school. To me it just shows a lack of interest. It's those people that allow someone like, for example, Glenn Beck, to become rich and powerful... or Oprah.

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Ilikecrumpets;133773 wrote:
I heard Neil, Radar and Poindexter were considering turning themselves into a human centipede. Now I'd pay to see that !!

 

Who wouldn't pay to see that??!!!!!!????!!!!

 

The spelling thing is pretty annoying but it really is a sign of the times. Some of these people are our foreign friends who don't quite have a grasp on the English language, and that's understandable, but for others it's simple laziness.

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Bags being the front dude then! I detest poor spelling and grammar, and punctuation for that matter as well. When I tutored at University, the level of illiteracy astounded me. Basic words and phrases were constantly misspelled or used in inappropriate structures....

then again I did minor in Linguistics and have always been a spelling Nazi....

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I can spell and be fairly grammatically correct. Specially when a little squiggly red line appears under incorrectly spelled words. However, sometimes its far more important to be correcting someone else who is wrong on the internet, than being correct myself :D

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Antipodes;133777 wrote:
I do fear for the youth of today. Without spelling, what on earth will they have to be pedantic about?

 

Oh, I could name a few...but the latest is $300 for a pair of hair staightener's. "Yes, it's a pair, that is 2 prongs equal a pair Dad, and turn that stereo down, I can't hear Home & Away". The joys of a fem dominated house.

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Ilikecrumpets;133835 wrote:
Rimu stands that have been crapped on -

 

Nice! The way those stands grip to the wall - even a wall with carpet. What about people that hold their camera up the wrong way and then don't know how to rotate the image? Sheesh!!

 

For the spelling bee whizzes here - how do you guys feel about the americanisation of spelling. Colour becomes color, carpetted becomes carpeted, etc?

 

Being more pedantic about words, than their spelling, my pet peeves include unnecessary word constructions. For example, I can be oriented towards something and it is quite unnecessary to make up new (but now common) words like 'orientated'. 'Orientated' only came about because people were ignorant of the word 'orient' (as a verb) but knew the word 'orientation', so invented 'orientate'.

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