coldchemist

Biowulf
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 3, 2003
543
0
43
UAB
hrem.nci.nih.gov
Status
MD/PhD Student
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.)
 

hakksar

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 12, 2004
362
0
Fresno, California
Visit site
Status
Resident [Any Field]
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:
 

jlee9531

J,A,S
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Nov 25, 2002
5,470
8
CA
fantasysports.yahoo.com
Status
Attending Physician
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
 
About the Ads

umass rower

Insert clever phrase here
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jul 24, 2003
8,959
142
Status
Fellow [Any Field]
y, wats wrong wit spelling w3rds whatev way u want too? its kewl to make urself look like an idiot. LOL!!!!11
 

coldchemist

Biowulf
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 3, 2003
543
0
43
UAB
hrem.nci.nih.gov
Status
MD/PhD Student
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
 

beanbean

1K Member
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 19, 2002
1,298
13
52
Connecticut
Visit site
Status
Attending Physician
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!
 

traumamonkey

mid-level resident
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Sep 23, 2003
253
0
on my way...
Visit site
Status
Resident [Any Field]
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)
 

AlternateSome1

Burnt Out
15+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2002
988
28
NY
Status
Attending Physician
"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~
 

LP1CW

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Aug 30, 2003
651
1
49
Visit site
Status
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.
 
About the Ads

AlternateSome1

Burnt Out
15+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2002
988
28
NY
Status
Attending Physician
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

Biowulf
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 3, 2003
543
0
43
UAB
hrem.nci.nih.gov
Status
MD/PhD Student
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?
 

LP1CW

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Aug 30, 2003
651
1
49
Visit site
Status
Fine, there are a few things that do bother me. I hate when people say, "irregardless."
 

logos

100% Organic
15+ Year Member
Nov 15, 2002
1,234
2
Out there.
Status
Attending Physician
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...
 

MoCookiess

Hater of Biochemistry
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Aug 9, 2003
158
5
Austin, TX
Status
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?
 

AlternateSome1

Burnt Out
15+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2002
988
28
NY
Status
Attending Physician
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:
 
About the Ads

willthatsall

Unretired
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 27, 2004
2,011
8
GA
Visit site
Status
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.
 

YoungFaithful

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Sep 29, 2003
187
4
Visit site
Status
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:
 

TheRussian

Life Size Mirror
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Mar 19, 2004
488
1
Boston, MA
Visit site
Status
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?
 

Celestron2000

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 26, 2004
514
1
43
Philadelphia, PA
Visit site
Status
Medical Student
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.
 

JD428

Member
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 3, 2004
25
0
Visit site
Status
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)

:laugh:
 

scrabbler

too much sugar
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 3, 2004
84
0
Visit site
Status
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.
 

rgporter

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Sep 5, 2003
920
1
45
C-ville, VA
Visit site
Status
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. ;)
 

mdsiren

Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Mar 23, 2004
27
0
39
Florida
Visit site
Status
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:
 

mdsiren

Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Mar 23, 2004
27
0
39
Florida
Visit site
Status
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.
 

YoungFaithful

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Sep 29, 2003
187
4
Visit site
Status
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?
 

TheRussian

Life Size Mirror
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Mar 19, 2004
488
1
Boston, MA
Visit site
Status
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
 

coldchemist

Biowulf
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 3, 2003
543
0
43
UAB
hrem.nci.nih.gov
Status
MD/PhD Student
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.
 

JD428

Member
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 3, 2004
25
0
Visit site
Status
"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.
 

AlternateSome1

Burnt Out
15+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2002
988
28
NY
Status
Attending Physician
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~
 

DrBodacious

15+ Year Member
Oct 13, 2003
837
94
38
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...
 
About the Ads