Phil Factor (10/19/2012)
If we're discussing personal homophones that bug us, I HATE and DESPISE the people who misuse "lose" and "loose".
I don't think you do. What you mean is that you hate and despise the confusion of the words 'lose' and 'loose'. Actually, I don't even think that you mean that. it actually merely irritates you a bit. If I was your English teacher, your work would be red-pencilled.
And the word 'gotten' is perfectly good english, though it is considered rather archaic in British english. (It appears often in english dialect.)
One last plea to the language-usage bigots. For quite a large proportion of those of us who read SQL Server Central, english is a second or third language. Few of us in the world choose to speak in english: it is just that the technical language of IT is currently based in english. In fact, some languages lack the words to match the english words that we've invented to describe IT things. Those of us who pride ourselves in our skill in speaking or writing in english need to be tactful, tolerant and understanding of our colleagues who are forced by circumstances to communicate in english to participate in IT internationally. Emotive sentiments like 'I HATE and DESPISE the people who misuse ...' are going to be read by people struggling with a rather irrational, intractable and irregular language: not because they want to but because they have to. How do you imagine that these guys are going to feel, reading that stuff?
While I completely understand your point of view, and agree with it to some degree (you're correct in that my usage of "hate" and "despise" was overly emotional), my article was intended to pinpoint the unfailing and continuous errors of the native English speaking sects in general, and American writers in particular.
I write what I know, and what I know is that I continuously see American writers whose first language is English committing these mistakes every single day, without a care in the world for whether or not they are correct. We're all prone to mistakes, but its those who refuse to step out of ignorance that my article was really directed to.
To put it simply: I am tired of seeing fellow Americans misuse and butcher the English language. I see it in professional environments where it should not be tolerated for even the slightest instance, and as someone who's beginning to further her path in IT, I find it, quite frankly, embarrassing. Any good presenter, any technical writer will tell you that spelling and grammar are important, and if English is your native tongue, then there's very little excuse for not checking either.
It takes maybe an hour to have someone else look at that article you're getting ready to submit or present. Why is this so difficult? The answer is simple: it's not difficult, its inherent laziness, and I for one, wrote the article out of sheer frustration of that laziness.
There's your answer, and there's why I feel grammar and spelling are important.
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