Grammar po-lice : how are you on capitalizing/not capitalizing ?

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  1. bcorig

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    When it comes to anything off a 'phone ... anything goes in my book.

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    I'll guess I'm not alone in that.
     
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    I have a very good personal grasp on the conventions of grammar, capitalization, and punctuation, thank you very much. I try to avoid commenting on anyone else's errors, though, and instead focus my attention on the message. (Here I'm distracted by memories of my beloved, departed Uncle Jack, whose last name very closely rhymed with "cough", and who therefore allowed almost no one to address him as Jack, going instead by John, which after all was his name. My dad, Jack's brother-in-law, split the difference and addressed him as "Jake".)

    The advent of speech-to-text gizmos and their blind-to-context "help" for our writing has caused many "errors" to show up in posts. I personally address this by typing my posts directly into my laptop, and proofing my comments before (and sometimes after) I write them. My gizmo does not very well lend itself to that.

    Comments about "Grammar Po-po Lice" bother me a bit. While I do think it's bad manners to publicly criticize another person's errors, calling out people as the pedants they might be marginalizes proper writing itself, and contributes to its demise. Is that what we really want?
     
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    Does capitalisation fall under "syntax"?

    I enjoy people writing In English who follow the German practice of capitalising all the Nouns.
     
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    Das ist verboten!
     
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    I don't criticise (criticize?) anyone's grammar or spelling on the Internet or in text messages but when I'm posting on forums (fora?) I do try to implement what I was taught at school. I'm making more mistakes as I get older though.
    I'm a lot sloppier when I speak, especially after a glass or two. :p
     
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    I'll admit I'm a grammar guy. I don't go out of my way, unless its a meme where people are trying to push a point, and they misspell. I'm sorry, even if I agree with you, you're already down on points. The other thing that bothers me is when people argue when being corrected. You are literally arguing that you can't spell, and that's a good thing to you.
     
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    Mark Twain.
    William Faulkner.
    Stephen King.
    William F. Buckley.
    Joseph Heller.
    All of these authors were subject to proofreading before their words were made public.
    Try to aim a bit higher, please. Stupidity is still a bug, not a feature.
     
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    I always "proofread" what I write before hitting "Post Reply". That doesn't mean an error never gets by, but I usually catch it before it does. First of all, I get a "sguiggly" line under misspelled words, and so I'll quickly check for correct spelling. Almost ANY use of abbreviated or colloquial word is deliberate and done for effect. (hopefully like the above mentioned Mark Twain)
    I think many errors would be caught and corrected if people would simply take a minute to re-read and "fix" before hitting "Post".......
     
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    That's pretty time-consuming and difficult to do on a 3-inch screen, with a 3-inch keyboard, using a 3/4-inch finger for a stylus. I think we might excuse ourselves for not going to the trouble.
     
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    I'm doing this on a desktop keyboard.....and "getting it right" is important to me regardless.
     
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    Out in the real world I never, ever correct anyone's grammar. Ever.
    Doesn't seem a very polite thing to do, out in the world or on an internet forum.

    Mark
     
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    I say nip it in the bud before it spreads like a tumor

    If you can't converse with a level of intelligence, displayed by proper usage of grammar and spelling, consider just keeping quiet :)

    This goes for those being intentionally "folksy" as well.
    Perhaps moreso.
     
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    I like it best When random words Are capitalized for no apparent Reason.
     
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    That doesn't happen, however some people capitalize nouns they deem more important because a certain famous person we're not allowed to mention does. But it's not correct English grammar.
     
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    I don't get annoyed about capitalization....I get mystified though. I've posted about this in the past...lol. The random capitalization of words makes me laugh and I have yet to see any pattern to it so it remains looking random to me.

    A sentence may look like This. Talking about Normal things, maybe even about my Uncle jack for example. However, there will be random Capitalization throughout. And I don't See any Pattern. Sometimes it's Verbs and often no capitalization of Proper nouns. I wonder if there is a System in the person's mind that I can't Detect? Or if it's just a Sense that I haven't capitalized anything for awhile so Now feels about right.
     
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