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coldchemist

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Notice anything wrong? What is the root of the first word in the subject line? Give you a hint....ready? It means something similar to "having a beginning and an end."

Otherwise known as...FINITE. It follows that the proper spelling is "definitely". Not Definately.

I'll probably get flamed for this post, but at least you probably won't forget how to spell it now!

:D

(End of smart-ass post.)
 

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Thanks! I have trouble with that word all the time, now I have a way of remembering the right way to spell it! No more looking like and idiot when I get it wrong :thumbup:
 

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ill still spell it incorrectly if i choose since the a is so much easier to type than the i.

definitely definately....yup...second way much easier. :p
 

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Thanks. It's annoying as hell when people spell that word wrong.
 

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Originally posted by gsx56
Thanks. It's annoying as hell when people spell that word wrong.

definately annoying... i agree... :D :cool:
 

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I prefer to call it "creative spelling". :p
Honestly, I just don't care.
 

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y, wats wrong wit spelling w3rds whatev way u want too? its kewl to make urself look like an idiot. LOL!!!!11
 

coldchemist

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jlee, you're such a rebel...:D

you too, MDtom. I don't care what the other SDNrs are saying about you guys...you're both okay in my book.:p
 

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It bugs me when people use "advise" when they mean "advice"


Honestly, I really don't care much about people's spelling or grammar on an online forum - just make sure your secondaries are perfect though!
 

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i don't know if i care about other people's spelling, but for my own sake i really wish there was a spell check on this thing!

coldchemist, you scared me--as i occasionally misspell that word and i remember using it in a post today...i had to go back and check to be sure i spelled it correctly. egads.

(i will admit to a loathing of improper apostrophe use. that just drives me MAD)
 

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"O" words bother me. I get agitated seeing "too" and "to" mixed up, or "lose" and "loose". Another pet peeve is paragraphs with complete disregard for punctuation, capitalization, and the difference between letters and words. "u r soooo right i think the same thing isnt that just soooo kewl!!!!! wat does everyone else think????"

~AS1~
 

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who the hell cares how people spell words? Words are a means of communicating. If the message is conveyed, that's all that matters.

The spelling of words often change with time. That's why we have alternative spellings. The English language is dynamic, not static. Grammar is constantly changing. The rules that governed formal writing have changed considerably in just the last 100 years. So, only an idiot would care about such a thing.
 

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what about
illicit - prohibited
elicit - to cause

These are two of my peeves.
 

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Originally posted by LP1CW
who the hell cares how people spell words? Words are a means of communicating. If the message is conveyed, that's all that matters.

The spelling of words often change with time. That's why we have alternative spellings. The English language is dynamic, not static. Grammar is constantly changing. The rules that governed formal writing have changed considerably in just the last 100 years. So, only an idiot would care about such a thing.

I hate ad hominem. Only an idiot would ever use it. :laugh:
 

coldchemist

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Originally posted by LP1CW
who the hell cares how people spell words? Words are a means of communicating. If the message is conveyed, that's all that matters.

The spelling of words often change with time. That's why we have alternative spellings. The English language is dynamic, not static. Grammar is constantly changing. The rules that governed formal writing have changed considerably in just the last 100 years. So, only an idiot would care about such a thing.

Agreed. Who the hell started this stupid thread anyway?
 

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Fine, there are a few things that do bother me. I hate when people say, "irregardless."
 

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Originally posted by LP1CW
Fine, there are a few things that do bother me. I hate when people say, "irregardless."


Why? It sounds so much better than either of its roots and it is an accepted word in the modern english language.


Who cares how things are spelled?...as long as its close...it dosent really make a difference on here...
 

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I'm willing to overlook some spelling mistakes, but turning words into letters (i.e.: u, r) really bugs me. I also second everyone else's pet peeves when it comes to capitalization, punctuation, and general formatting of the English language. Since we're college educated (at least partly) we should be able to communicate properly, right?
 

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Originally posted by MoCookiess
I'm willing to overlook some spelling mistakes, but turning words into letters (i.e.: u, r) really bugs me. I also second everyone else's pet peeves when it comes to capitalization, punctuation, and general formatting of the English language. Since we're college educated (at least partly) we should be able to communicate properly, right?

Let's make babies. :love:

If you are a guy..well..uh...let me introduce you to my sister.

:laugh:
 

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I'm such a loser I actually clicked on this thread only because you spelled "definitely" incorrectly. But you are still cool irregardless of your misspelling.
 

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After being in school for 19 out of my 22 years alive including 5 years of college I still do not know the difference between:

Effect
Affect

I have had teachers go over it over and over, but I still do not get it. I would learn a rule, then I would see someone that should know better use it incorrectly. So I am still confused about this.

I wonder if it is the same concept as Efferent vs Afferent neurons??


Go figure.:confused:
 

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Originally posted by logos
Why? It sounds so much better than either of its roots and it is an accepted word in the modern english language.


Who cares how things are spelled?...as long as its close...it dosent really make a difference on here...

It doesn't even have to be close. As long as all the letters for a word are there and the first and last letter are correct, the rest of the letters can be scrambled and it wouldn't make a difference and the reader can "read" the word quickly enough

They had a study about this. Have you guys heard about it?
 

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There are times when correct spelling and grammer are important, but on an on-line forum... get a life:rolleyes:
Some people just love pointing out other people's mistakes, it makes them feel better about themselves.
 

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After being in school for 19 out of my 22 years alive including 5 years of college I still do not know the difference between: Affect Effect


Affect: as in, "That hangover really affected my MCAT score"

Effect: as in, "What is the effect of alcohol on test performance?"

(disclaimer: not speaking from personal experience)

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All right, I have to give in. My pet peeve is when people say, "could care less" when they really mean "couldn't care less". If you *could* care less, that means you do care at least a little and could become more apathetic about it.
 

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Originally posted by TheRussian
It doesn't even have to be close. As long as all the letters for a word are there and the first and last letter are correct, the rest of the letters can be scrambled and it wouldn't make a difference and the reader can "read" the word quickly enough

They had a study about this. Have you guys heard about it?

I think the study is an urban legend but the paragraph that spawned that rumor went around SDN about a year ago.

Oh and I apologize for all the times I mispelled the aforementioned word. It's a weekness of mine that I'm working on. ;)
 

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Also, I hate when people use the word "between" when they should be using the word "among" when it applies to more than two people. And people that don't replace the toilet paper roll. Slow drivers in the fast lane. People that offer unsolicited advice. HaHa :laugh:
 

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On an informal forum such as SDN, these mistakes can be overlooked. But on formal stuff like personal ads or something that the whole entire internet world can see...it really bugs me.
 

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Originally posted by scrabbler
All right, I have to give in. My pet peeve is when people say, "could care less" when they really mean "couldn't care less". If you *could* care less, that means you do care at least a little and could become more apathetic about it.


I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!! I thought I was the only one alive that thought this.


Affect: as in, "That hangover really affected my MCAT score"

Effect: as in, "What is the effect of alcohol on test performance?""

This does not help me. The way I see it, Hangover has an effect on mcat, the same as alcohol has an effect on tests.

There is no difference? Help?
 

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Originally posted by rgporter
I think the study is an urban legend but the paragraph that spawned that rumor went around SDN about a year ago.

Oh and I apologize for all the times I mispelled the aforementioned word. It's a weekness of mine that I'm working on. ;)

I guess I'm too nieve and behind the times though that paragraph is convincing
 

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Originally posted by YoungFaithful
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!! I thought I was the only one alive that thought this.




This does not help me. The way I see it, Hangover has an effect on mcat, the same as alcohol has an effect on tests.

There is no difference? Help?

"Effect" is a noun.

"Affect" is a verb.

Hope that helps.
 

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"Effect" is a noun.
"Affect" is a verb.

but...

effect can also be a verb: "I'm going to effect a change in the way I study"

and affect can be a noun: "the patient's affect was emotionless"

the noun/verb thing is probably a good general rule, though.


This does not help me. The way I see it, Hangover has an effect on mcat, the same as alcohol has an effect on tests.
There is no difference? Help?

The hangover AFFECTS (verb) the score, and the EFFECT (noun) of the hangover on the score is getting a 2 on the VR section.
 

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Originally posted by coldchemist
"Effect" is a noun.

"Affect" is a verb.

Hope that helps.

Eeep...no.

"I plan to effect that change."
In this sentence, effect is a verb.
"I plan to cause the change."

"What was her general affect?"
In this sentence, affect is a noun.
"What was her general emotional state?"

The way I remember these for normal use is effect is out, affect is in. This is the same as in efferent and afferent nerves, which really helps out in remembering both. If something is affecting an organ, it is going to do an action upon the organ. In this sense, the organ is receiving action. If an organ is effecting something it is causing that thing to happen. This is an outward movement of action from the organ.

As for defiinitions:

Affect is either to influence or change, or an emotion.

Effect is to produce or bring about, or a result.

~AS1~
 

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Originally posted by MoCookiess
I'm willing to overlook some spelling mistakes, but turning words into letters (i.e.: u, r) really bugs me. I also second everyone else's pet peeves when it comes to capitalization, punctuation, and general formatting of the English language. Since we're college educated (at least partly) we should be able to communicate properly, right?

Your college educated now, just wait until you become a doctor, then you will use abbreviations for everything!

with = c with a line over it
Dx
Rx
Cx
Px (= past history, prognosis, physical examination or pneumothorax!)

Of course, you can download all those onto your palm for reference...
 
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