CB: Technical Forum or English Class?

Discussion in 'New Member Board' started by nmccoart5, Aug 15, 2008.


How tolerant should CB members be toward abuse of the Language Arts?

  1. Very strict.

  2. Mildly strict.

  3. Maintain current status quo.

  4. Somewhat relaxed.

  5. d00d, N E thing go's! lol

  6. Other, (please specify...)

  1. Dionysus

    Dionysus Well-Known Member

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    Technical Director
    London, Ontario, Canada
    Yes indeed, wonderful infographic. I HATE IT when I realize that auto correct has changed they're to their or such, and yes it happens.
  2. Stevens R. Miller

    Stevens R. Miller Well-Known Member

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    Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
    As a noob, I will welcome corrections when I make mistakes in the spelling of industry-specific terms ("Leco" vs. "Leko," for example), or misuse a term I otherwise spell correctly (i.e., "Get me some tape so I can gaffer that cable.") Learning to speak the language of a profession that has its own argot, jargon, and/or traditions is, I feel, an appropriate show of respect, and an important aspect of mastering a new set of skills. As a computer programmer, I wouldn't hesitate to correct a beginner who said something like, "Would you look at my bug and see if you can find the source for me?" That person is simply misusing well defined words, and should--if not will--be glad to have a polite correction given to them.

    On the other hand...

    As a lawyer, I wouldn't hesitate to end a sentence with a preposition. In the context of a specialized site like this one (which I am already finding to be of immense value to a guy like me), I'd think it was kind of distracting for anyone to upbraid me on such a point. (And that particular issue is actually not as cut-and-dried as some might think :).)

    Also, as a moderator at another site, I've learned to make allowances for the fact that the Web is a global village. Even those of us want to be precise might need some slack when English is not our first language.

    All that said, I agree with those who subscribe to the notion that, if you can't communicate clearly, it doesn't much matter what you know. If you're a scientist who has made a great discovery (or is writing a grant application), mastery of the language in which you report yourself is going to be essential if you want anyone else to understand what you've done.
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