OT are we turning into the stupid country?

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Ready for a rant? I was listening to the radio - a bogan FM station - and they had a spelling competition. They had a couple of fairly easy words the listeners were getting both right and wrong. Then it was the bimbo hosts turn & was asked to spell 'consumer' so she asked to write it down, then some seconds later comes up with 'consuma'. I am almost shocked that people are walking around and filling jobs in broadcasting who have a very low level of edumacaton.

I was by far a very low scoring student getting something like 19 out of 100 for VCE but I can spell, and speak, and do maths, physics, chemisty and have some other education after high school. So anyway I would not like to assume that this is typical of the generation under me but if it is, then what will Australia be like when these people are running the place, the hard working baby boomers are quitting work soon, the next generation which is mine is probably ok as I didnt have internet (or other aids besides calculators) till the end of school, but the others know nothing but spell checkers and internet abreviations.

When speaking to people who have spelled something simple incorrectly, it is rarely a point of interest to actually correct in the future, its more comical and irrelevant. My assumption is that most people here are BBoomers so it would be interesting to hear their observations on this point which I am sure has crossed many minds over the years. RANT OVER
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Reply By: stefan P (Penrith NSW) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:13

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:13
you are right and wrong

I am 31, when in year 11 and 12 I was part of a program helping younger students read, BUT I find spelling very difficult

I always excelled at maths, science and reading, but just found spelling difficult?

So I feel you can still be intelligent and not spell too good.

I do agree the whole new SMS and e-mail typing is just terrible

Just my 2c

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Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:23
Spell to well
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:17

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:17
I have to be careful how I answer this one - being a Kiwi - BUT

I have to agree with you and I have proof, check out this oldie but goodie that typifies what you are saying :-))))

AC/DC Radio Competition

Note - turn your speakers down and I hope you like AC/DC

soooo funnnyy :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:53

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:53
ROFL, the fool who made the youtube whatchamacallit can't spell "Harley Davidson" correctly.

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Reply By: Willem - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:22

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:22
The short anwer is YES

Its evolution whether we like it or not.

Very soon the Thinkers of this world will disappear like the Dodo and digital techno idiots will rule the world and our lives. Just go on a pension and deal with Centrelink and you can see the breakdown of our society happening before your eyes.....lol



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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:27

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:27
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Huh. you only have to read some of the post's here to some bloody silly spelling mistakes, and I don't mean the type caused by typo errors or big fingers, or in my case sometimes by bad light but these are outright spelling errors , And I might add that there is a Ute forum I seen once that leaves us all gasping.
Now I better cuver me arce and use spell chekc in kase I made sum errers.

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Follow Up By: stefan P (Penrith NSW) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:33

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:33
"And I might add that there is a Ute forum I seen once that leaves us all gasping."

maybe should read....

And I might add that there is a Ute forum I SAW once that leaves us all gasping.

:):):)

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:11

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:11
Stefan,

"seen" was still spelt correctly.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:13

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:13
Sorry mate,

cheap shot but I couldn't resist it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:54

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:54
Gone Bush
Nahhh ...he's on about English,this post is about spelling... I'm Australian so I'll speak/type like one .

Oi...Oi...Oi

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Reply By: obee - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:29

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:29
we need a phonetic system like other countries where this argument does come up.Kids could get on with learning the important stuff and no one need be scorned for not being able to spell.

Some idiot once told me the way we spell is important part of our culture. Duh?

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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:55

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:55
Ah!!! A living example of the thread topic !!!!......hahahahaha
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:47

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:47
Had a similar experience at work today. Bloke from a builders office rang to seek some advice regarding a lot in Kessna Street. Never heard of the street but that's not unusual with the amount of new subdivisions being approved. After he hung up it dawned on me that the street he was on about was Cessna Street and he'd pronounced it with a K. It's a worry.
Also noted in the all so popular but wildly disliked 4wd mag that comes out monthly, that they did an article on our Moore River. The editing dills spelt Swan River with 2 N's ie Swann. Now that is bad.

ps. I also check my spelling before pressing the submit button. LOL
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:23

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:23
Yes, I often spell words incorrect;y, but I have an excuse.
In a parallel universe I was a teacher.
After having seen the word "the" spelt 325 different ways, it's no wonder that I often generate some bloopers.
As for SMS, it seems that the only rule is that u have to Mke it up az u go long.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:29

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:29
I'm prepared to put up with individuals' inadequacies with regard to spelling, grammar and punctuation; there could be various valid reasons.
It amazes me, however, when I see large paid advertisements with glaring errors. Not typos, but obvious errors due to the author having a poor grasp of their English. These people in this sort of job should have minimum skills to be able to work in that area. And to think that a customer out there who placed the ad has to pay good money for a mediocre product.
My concern there is that if an error is perpetuated long enough, it finds its way into common usage; eg, the U.S. use of the expression "off of".
Some hears ago, I tried to correct a girl at work over her appalling English. Her reply was "Gerry, if I talked like youse, all my friends would reckon I was a dork".
Perhaps I'm a dork, then.
There, I've had my say,
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:10

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:10
Yes that is a shocker at times. How many times do we see
Your instead of You're these days in Ads and Magazines
and the list goes on There instead of Their or They're
Where instead of Were


GEEEZ I'm a DORK TOO.....LOL
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:15

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:15
Gerry welcome to DorkDom hahahah thats the funniest thing I have read for ages
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Follow Up By: Brian - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:57

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:57
Café menus!!!!!!! You know the large chalkboard type menu's?

They amaze me!!!!!

I was once in a take away and while perusing the chalkboard menu, I counted 25 glaring spelling errors! And at the foot of the board was a chalked in advertisement for the chalkboard menu's creator!!!! I can't help myself, I find instead of ordering my lunch, I am pointing out the mistakes to them!! LOL.....
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 14:02

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 14:02
How many days in a hear Gerry? . :LOL
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:47

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 22:47
It,s interesting to read books or any written matter from the eighteenth century or earlier. The further back you go the less the English language of earlier times seems to bear any resemblance to that which is in common usage today. I think it,s called evolution. Just like everything about us in the world our language is evolving to accomodate technological advances and changes in our day to day lives.
thrue and through we are a changing!!!

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Reply By: F4Phantom - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:12

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:12
I dont have an issue with people getting spelling wrong, but not caring about how to get it right? is this just evolution? Will we really pronounce LOL (in the future) to someone as an endorsement of good humor? I dont mind making progress and I dont really have an issue of making words more aussie. I suppose what I think is that poor spelling to the point that simple words cant be spelt also means other areas are probably poor (maths) which means we could be heading down the wrong track.
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:18

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:18
funny you say that
my 16yo daughter says lol all the time and ttyl, between msn and sms she hasn't got a chance you would think but i know she is good at spelling
i read to both my kids from before the time they could talk and it paid dividends they love reading and therefore their spelling is excellent
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Reply By: Member - peter C (VIC) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:14

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:14
I guess I am fairly pedantic about correct spelling, I employed a number of younger men over the last 10 years and have to say their spelling and grammar was appalling,and don't even ask about work ethic.My daughters used to hate it when I corrected grammar and/or spelling mistakes in letters from their teachers and then returned said letter to teacher to redo,so maybe we need to look at education standards peter
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:32

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:32
I have always been of the opinion that the ability to communicate between each other either by written or spoken word was the primary purpose of language. Does it matter all that much if I order a new set of tyres or tires? Surely the person receiving the message is unlikely to be in any doubt as to what I am after?
As an aside, when did we stop speaking English and start to speak in Acronym?
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 11:34

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 11:34
No but whether you ask about the weather or the wether might make a big difference!

Language is the tool that we use to communicate and to think. If we are not skillful with language then we are limited in both of those important areas.

What amazes me is that some people dont even bother to use a spell checker - suggests that they don't even care.

There have been posts here that have had little or no response because they are virtually incomprehensible, or so abbreviated that its impossible to know what they really want. It's not just correct spelling that is necessary to make sense, but stringing together enough words to convey your thoughts, questions etc to others.

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Follow Up By: F4Phantom - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:14

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:14
Hey Val, I have read quesitons here which I cant understand what they are asking nor comphrehend the story. Then I see responses which amazes me because someone out there obviously does understand their message.
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Follow Up By: F4Phantom - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:16

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:16
and by the way I dont use a spell checker on this forum, I like to think that I dont make mistakes, but when I do, so be it, I dont mind being wrong by a typo.
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 20:26

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 20:26
F4Phantom

2 spelling mistakes and 1 grammar mistake in your 1st message - just thought I would point it out to you :-))))

But you are correct - I can understand your message in spite of them :-)
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 17:36

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 17:36
"No but whether you ask about the weather or the wether might make a big difference!"

Only in NZ

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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 00:11

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 00:11
Cmon now - you talk of a dumn nation. How entertaining do you think people ringng up and correctly spelling words is............ Not very

This would have been spawned by that famous roadio comp where the winner needed help to spell AC/DC
Its contrived entertainment to think other wise is...... Well..... Stupid
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 00:30

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 00:30
Well my fellows participants of this fantastic forum. Not everybody was fortunate enough to be born in this heavenly country of ours. I feel Australian 120% but I was born far away from here and never had an opportunity to go to school and learn better English like the REST of you. But rest assured that I'm just as much Ause as any other bloke out there. Maybe I straggle with the language but my taxes were just as good as yours so... bit of tolerance towards others that are more miss fortunate from the majority of you would be realy nice to see. Go on now and start what you're best at...... I have said my bit....Ause,Ause,Ause.

"He who limps is still walking"
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 08:34

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 08:34
Do you work in a timber factory, dedabato?
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:05

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:05
Dedabato,
I think the original post is referring to our kids who HAVE been educated in this country, this is where it is a disgrace that the standards have been dropped so dramatically. Plus the Yank and SMS influences on our language.

We used to lose marks for spelling errors in any subject whether it be an English test or Science or Maths. It was a way of maintaining a standard across the whole range of our education.

I received a letter from Westpac Bank once which was so badly worded and spelt that I felt insulted that they would send such a document to me. I immediately closed that account and have never darkened their doorstep again.

Internet forums like this bring together all types, nationalities and levels of education and allowances are made by the majority of us as long as the message is clear. Bantering aside I find that we accept/reject each other on the quality of our input to these things rather than the way it is spelt.

Quite often you can pick that a person has an accent, by reading their post and their wording. I would like to see anyone here that could go into say an Italian site and type fluent colloquial Italian without being educated in their country as a child, it wouldn't happen.
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Follow Up By: Brian - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:05

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:05
dedabato,
IMHO, the people who have migrated here from far away, and at least attempted to speak and write the language, deserve a medal! To take on such a life change, and embrace a new culture and accept it as you obviously have........ good on ya!!!!!!
I can make exception for such people, but the ones that are schooled here, (not counting anyone who may have a learning difficulty or disorder) but steadfastly refuse to learn to speak and write correct English, well..... it certainly gives me a pain, let me tell you!
Personally, if I was to leave Australia, and live OS in an entirely new culture, I can assure you I would do as you have done, and at least make the effort to be able to communicate with others!

Good for you!

Cheers

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Reply By: Member -Walkabout(NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 07:26

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 07:26
Saw this written on a dunny wall once somewhere.......
Too weaks ugo i coudent evin spel truk driva....now i are won.
Be afraid...............
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 00:06

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 00:06
You don,t need to speak, spell, or use english to be able to drive, whats your point..?

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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:21

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:21
i hav 2 agree wiv sum fings u sed o gost hoo walks.

I would have won spelling bees if my school held them but I was far from the best at maths or english. I was in the advanced classes but only just.

With American spell checkers, short hand sms messages becoming the norm the written language will keep changing, not always for the better.

I saw a news story that one school is accepting sms language as part of their final year exams! It would go something like this: wen u read shkspear u hav 2 thnk bout the diffs & changs in languge ovr the centries.

I'm sorry Oh Ghost Who Walks but it's abbreviations with double B. lol

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:40

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 10:40
Let's not even venture into:

Inappropriate use of an apostrophe,

Split infinitives,

dangling participles.

ooops, I see my participle is dangling again, I hate that!!

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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 23:04

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 23:04
It happens with age!!
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 13:20

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 13:20
There are repeated references in certain circles in regard to the term " dumbing down ".
Best example was on a Parkinson program which discussed it. Spelling is only part of the problem. The real problem is why bad spelling / grammar is acceptable. Some people have legit reasons for spelling probs. Most of us here are stabbing at the keyboard in the dark or trying to beat the timeout, as is the case with some forums.


I wouldn't be too worried about the spelling problem - its just a life cycle.

Saw an excellent TV documentary on the Roman Empire last year. It showed how the romans, over hundereds of years developed into a truly great civilization - for it's time period. They built amazing buildings, using techniques that are difficult to master today - as shown by how many are still standing. Apparently when england was redoing a london / scotland freeway using the latest hitech laser / satellite / and machinery - it was found, that the romans beat them to it by about 1800 yrs.
Then something happened. Having reached the pinnacle of their technological development, hampered by too many politicians, leisure time, civil rights, over-education and by giving away too much of their technology to foreign lands, the Roman Empire collapsed and they forgot how to make cement / concrete for 1000 years. Sound familiar ???.

Aussie we are but sometimes the " she'll be right, mate " attitude is not always the right thing.
I know people whose kids never even finished High School. They were issued with the School Certificate and didn't even do the damn tests. School statistics are important to funding apparently.


Dedabato:
Good on yer mate. Damn shame that all new arrivals and some of us don't have as good as a grasp, of the english language as you do. You probably need to brush up on your " strine " though.
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 13:22

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 13:22
yeh, yeh " hundreds". lolol
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Follow Up By: AdlelaideGeorge - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 14:58

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 14:58
Strange how reasonable people can interprete the reasons for historical events in diametrically opposite ways.

I've always thought it was a lack of education and too few civil rights that helped see the demise of the Roman Empire.

Happy days

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:52

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 17:52
OzTroopy,

you wrote:

"for it's time period"


That is inappropriate use of an apostrophe.

I am excessively pedantic so please don't take offence.

(that's offence with a c not an s)

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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:25

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:25
Gone Bush

(that's offence with a c not an s)?????


Hmmmmm......... such perfection may bring you undone

(that's offence with a c not a s)



LOL




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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 23:38

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 23:38
AdlelaideGeorge:

Totally agree with your point of view.

It all depends on whether you look at it from the roman perspective or the roman slaves perspective.

Lets face it, roman leisure time had to be provided by someone - no electronics or robots back then.
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Reply By: Member -Walkabout(NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 14:18

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 14:18
Someone sent me this "Aoccedrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteres in a wrod are,the olny irmpoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcusae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe" Tell you what though, this human mind struggled typing it out. Think I'll stick to doing it the old way!!!
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 14:39

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 14:39
Read something by George Bernard Shaw as a kid. Had even more gobbledygook than what you posted.

Gotta admit - it still worked. Might have made even the SMSers scratch their heads though.

Great bullbuggy too............no claw though. Probably incidental looking at the suspension. lolol.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 15:22

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 15:22
Phantom,

Boy, you've opened a can of worms here.

I am a baby boomer with a normal education and am continually amazed how spelling has become a "not so important" attribute in current times.

Some time ago, it would appear that "phonetic" spelling was all that was required and students were not marked down for misspelled words.

The current crop of teachers (in the main) weren't instilled with the importance of correct spelling, so what hope have the kids of today got.

You only need to read some of the threads on this forum for instance, to see unbelievable examples of "sloppy education".

Supporting Rant completed.

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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 15:33

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 15:33
I have read all the posta that say spelling is unimportant, what a crock!

Try searching Google with poor spelling!

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:10

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:10
Wot's a 'posta' ...???

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:25

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:25
ha ha ... .sorry typo!
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Reply By: Member No 1- Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:25

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 16:25
one day, one day, i am going to hear some radio wanker say something like...he was deader ...or even more dead......

some of the words they say on radio begs the question...did these jerks learn english at school
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:22

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:22
MN1 the CORRECT term is NOT deader, but Un-as-alive. Its the NEW Politically correct term for such a scary thing as un-aliveness.

So the term for a beautiful lady becomes...

"Cobber! She's Drop Un-as-Alive gorgeous". One can clearly see the advantages of this new school of thought
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:24

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:24
Short answer to your final question (despite the absence of the obligatory ?)

Yes...........but the so called "teachers" didn't have a clue either.

As a follow-up to this; I corrected my sons spelling in a "story", we used to call them essays, he wrote for year 10 English.
Received a curt note from teacher about content being more important than spelling.
Problem was that note had more spelling errors than my kids work, so I corrected that too and sent it back to the teacher with a polite note suggesting that he, the teacher, use a dictionary to check his spelling when writing to parents rather than show his lack of expertise in English.

Funny, he never spoke or wrote to me again.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:36

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:36
In primary school I wrote a shirt essay about walking past a cemetery...started one day I was skulking past a cemetery......

The teacher UNDERLINED the word skulking mid red with a big note saying that this was not a real word. Wish I knew where she was now, she's probably un-alive - good thing too such a ruiner of children's minds by her obvious lack of knowledge.

It still irks me....... you may have guest
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:37

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:37
I remember being taught in 5th class, that the vowels were AEIOU and Sometimes Y. In my 6 years at other schools up to that time i had never heard this. Bear in mind that this teacher was a Catholic Brother from another country. When i corrected him i was sent from the class and given the cane for my rudeness. That's education for ya!

I have since heard this BullS**t in movies or onTV, so i guess he was educated in America or was taught english based on their system.
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:39

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:39
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Bonz
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Follow Up By: F4Phantom - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 09:58

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 09:58
In yr 2 which was 1986 in victoria I used to get the strap from the principle. It was a freaky religious school my parents sent me to to sort me out. The principle would say a prayer, wack me, say another prayer for forgiveness or something. I lasted 1 term.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:09

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:09
other than being sent there to be sorted out [and you prabably deserved it...:)))....], what did you do to the Principle to only last 1 term....something good i hope
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Follow Up By: F4Phantom - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:23

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:23
I was not actually expelled. I had detention virtualy every night of the week, got the strap several times and in the end I think my parents saw that this was not working like it should so sent be back to Seville east primary school. The crazy school is still around but they renamed it. (I am not sure of the details but I think capitol punishment was stopped prior to 86?) So anyway they are now called oxley colleage.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:29

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:29
I hope you mean 'corporal' punishment!
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Follow Up By: F4Phantom - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:39

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:39
did I say straped or shot?
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 15:55

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 15:55
Capital punishment is execution ...... Corporal punishment is the strap, cane or similar.
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Follow Up By: F4Phantom - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:09

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:09
I realised my mistake when you corrected me but its hard to convey humor over stupidity via the web. Oh yeah, I spelt capital wrong!!! Strap me again.
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 23:48

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 23:48
G'day F4Phantom

Interesting to see you still have a desire to be chastised with leather items, after all these years.
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Reply By: Steve - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 20:56

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 20:56
I can put up with poor spelling from most individuals. What irks me is when teachers, radio announcers, TV presenters and their like can't spell or pronounce a word of English and care even less. You really wonder what qualifications some of these nice looking sheilas actually have - having said that, the blokes are as bad.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:20

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:20
its a whole knew oops... new....language we'll be mumbling to each other soon.....goes on in this house now......still haven't deciphered what the hell eldest son is saying
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Follow Up By: Steve - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:16

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:16
the current favourite is the one where every sentence is punctuated by "yeah no"


erm....does that mean yes or no?
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:42

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 16:42
I also don't know what your eldest son is saying but if he is anything like mine the intent is that you need to give him more money because without more money in his life he is being treated unfairly! The longer you wait in doing so the more incomprehesible his language will become.

Don't give in and play dumb - geat strategy, Im a natural.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Steve - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 17:37

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 17:37
well it's not just the kids - I've noticed radio announcers/talk show hosts have caught the disease of "yeahno"

as for the young fella, when he wants something I just wait until he's asked me 45 times. Just so that he knows how it feels.

;)
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 22:54

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 22:54
Sorta Dunno Nothin'
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