Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
830 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 259

Trusted

  Reply # 1063914 12-Jun-2014 11:10
Send private message

KiwiNZ:

actually being concerned about apostrophes could well indicate OCPD


That would be OPD.  No compulsions.  

Onward
11346 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5059

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1063917 12-Jun-2014 11:17
Send private message

Glassboy:
KiwiNZ:

actually being concerned about apostrophes could well indicate OCPD


That would be OPD.  No compulsions.  


I will stick with OCPD but I wont get compulsive over itwink




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

 It's our only home, lets clean it up then...

 

Take My Advice, Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice!

 

 


 
 
 
 


830 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 259

Trusted

  Reply # 1063918 12-Jun-2014 11:18
Send private message

KiwiNZ:
Glassboy:
KiwiNZ:

actually being concerned about apostrophes could well indicate OCPD


That would be OPD.  No compulsions.  


I will stick with OCPD but I wont get compulsive over itwink


Says the person compulsively replying.

Onward
11346 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5059

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1063920 12-Jun-2014 11:19
Send private message

who me?




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

 It's our only home, lets clean it up then...

 

Take My Advice, Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice!

 

 


Baby Get Shaky!
1487 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 346

Subscriber

  Reply # 1063926 12-Jun-2014 11:34
Send private message

Oh Oh, next can we discuss the awesomeness of the comma? IE whether we should use the Oxford Comma or not (coffee, milk, tea, and jam VS coffee, milk, tea and jam)... lots of long pointless arguments in our house growing up over this abomination.

k14

549 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 66


  Reply # 1063978 12-Jun-2014 12:17
Send private message

joker97: Ok maybe half a tart head but still, I've been losing so much sleep over apostrophes.
So please shoot me later, but allow me to post the official correct way to use an apostrophe.

Some highlights:

The best way to get apostrophes right is to understand when and why they are used. There are two main cases –

 


Apostrophes and plural forms
The general rule is that you should not use an apostrophe to form the plurals of nouns, abbreviations, or dates made up of numbers:
just add -s (or -es, if the noun in question forms its plural with -es).

For example:
euro euros (e.g. The cost of the trip is 570 euros.)
pizza pizzas (e.g. Traditional Italian pizzas are thin and crisp.)
apple apples (e.g. She buys big bags of organic apples and carrots.)
MP MPs (e.g. Local MPs are divided on this issue.)
1990 1990s (e.g. The situation was different in the 1990s.)
It's very important to remember this grammatical rule.



Ok shoot me now. Phew.

I loose sleep on people that don't know their Euro (singular) from Euro (plural). There is no "s". See here under characteristics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro

1499 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 581


  Reply # 1064017 12-Jun-2014 12:51
Send private message

Bought is the past tense of buy.
Brought is the past tense of bring.

That's all I've got to say.





2437 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 429


  Reply # 1064030 12-Jun-2014 13:02
Send private message

freitasm: People using "would of" instead of "would have"...



This one is like fingernails on a blackboard to me!

There was a campaign to kill the apostrophe
http://www.killtheapostrophe.com/

Down with apostrophes!




Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

Onward
11346 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5059

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1064035 12-Jun-2014 13:14
3 people support this post
Send private message

In formal writing or communication I am a bit more strict  but in everyday stuff I just don't care, if I can understand what is being conveyed then it's cool. The self appointed spelling or grammar police annoy me way more than spelling or grammar errors.




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

 It's our only home, lets clean it up then...

 

Take My Advice, Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice!

 

 


BDFL - Memuneh
59077 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 10348

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 1064038 12-Jun-2014 13:21
One person supports this post
Send private message

KiwiNZ: In formal writing or communication I am a bit more strict  but in everyday stuff I just don't care, if I can understand what is being conveyed then it's cool. The self appointed spelling or grammar police annoy me way more than spelling or grammar errors.


Which leads me to another thing to consider: if I visit a business website and they have apostrophes in wrong places, or "should of", or "their" instead of "they are" I will not consider the business worth it - if they can't pay attention to these things how can I trust them to pay attention to our requirements?

I read somewhere a few months ago about business losing money by having people "walk away" from their websites because of spelling and grammar mistakes.

If it is a professional publication (website. billboard, paper) then it should be correct. A bit less strict if it's a conversation. Journalists should always be correct - I've seen a number of "their", "should of" and spelling mistakes on Stuff and NZ Herald...







Onward
11346 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5059

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1064045 12-Jun-2014 13:26
Send private message

freitasm:
KiwiNZ: In formal writing or communication I am a bit more strict  but in everyday stuff I just don't care, if I can understand what is being conveyed then it's cool. The self appointed spelling or grammar police annoy me way more than spelling or grammar errors.


Which leads me to another thing to consider: if I visit a business website and they have apostrophes in wrong places, or "should of", or "their" instead of "they are" I will not consider the business worth it - if they can't pay attention to these things how can I trust them to pay attention to our requirements?

I read somewhere a few months ago about business losing money by having people "walk away" from their websites because of spelling and grammar mistakes.

If it is a professional publication (website. billboard, paper) then it should be correct. A bit less strict if it's a conversation. Journalists should always be correct - I've seen a number of "their", "should of" and spelling mistakes on Stuff and NZ Herald...





I would consider a business website as formal communication and as I wrote I am a bit more strict on that.

On a news website it should be correct but in a printed newspaper where the deadlines are tight the odd spelling and or grammar mistakes are excusable.




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

 It's our only home, lets clean it up then...

 

Take My Advice, Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice!

 

 


1323 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 540


  Reply # 1064067 12-Jun-2014 13:55
Send private message

In case anyone was wondering: Grammar Nazis actually exist!

1499 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 581


  Reply # 1064070 12-Jun-2014 13:58
One person supports this post
Send private message

KiwiNZ: In formal writing or communication I am a bit more strict  but in everyday stuff I just don't care, if I can understand what is being conveyed then it's cool. The self appointed spelling or grammar police annoy me way more than spelling or grammar errors.


I used to be a pedant, but having my son diagnosed with dyslexia a few years ago has made me a lot more tolerant and realise there are folk out there who struggle with correct spelling and grammar, and it's not just laziness.





830 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 259

Trusted

  Reply # 1064071 12-Jun-2014 13:59
Send private message

kingjj: Oh Oh, next can we discuss the awesomeness of the comma? IE whether we should use the Oxford Comma or not (coffee, milk, tea, and jam VS coffee, milk, tea and jam)... lots of long pointless arguments in our house growing up over this abomination.


Sorry, is there actually a case for not using the Oxford comma?

http://www.verbicidemagazine.com/2011/09/20/strippers-jfk-and-stalin-illustrate-why-you-should-use-the-serial-comma/ 

Baby Get Shaky!
1487 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 346

Subscriber

  Reply # 1064072 12-Jun-2014 14:00
One person supports this post
Send private message

freitasm:
KiwiNZ: In formal writing or communication I am a bit more strict  but in everyday stuff I just don't care, if I can understand what is being conveyed then it's cool. The self appointed spelling or grammar police annoy me way more than spelling or grammar errors.


Which leads me to another thing to consider: if I visit a business website and they have apostrophes in wrong places, or "should of", or "their" instead of "they are" I will not consider the business worth it - if they can't pay attention to these things how can I trust them to pay attention to our requirements?

I read somewhere a few months ago about business losing money by having people "walk away" from their websites because of spelling and grammar mistakes.

If it is a professional publication (website. billboard, paper) then it should be correct. A bit less strict if it's a conversation. Journalists should always be correct - I've seen a number of "their", "should of" and spelling mistakes on Stuff and NZ Herald...





I remember many moons ago while a teenager looking at a new web server monitoring service. On the main page (which was quite flash at the time) they showed a world map with all their monitoring locations around the world. Closest one to us was in 'Sdyney' (as repeated throughout their website). Quick email and it was fixed, in the post a week later was a thank you letter and a fridge magnet. Couldn't believe they made such a simple mistake but they way they handled it regained my faith (and custom for a while).

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Phone prices rising as users move upmarket
Posted 24-Nov-2017 17:16


Talking net neutrality on RNZ Nine-to-Noon
Posted 24-Nov-2017 12:11


Air New Zealand experiments with blockchain technology
Posted 23-Nov-2017 15:39


Symantec selects Amazon Web Services to deliver cloud security
Posted 23-Nov-2017 10:40


New Zealand Ministry of Education chooses Unisys for cloud-based education resourcing management system
Posted 22-Nov-2017 22:00


Business analytics software powers profits for NZ wine producers
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:52


Pyrios strikes up alliance with Microsoft integrator UC Logiq
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:51


The New Zealand IT services ecosystem - it's all digital down here
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:49


Volvo to supply tens of thousands of autonomous drive compatible cars to Uber
Posted 22-Nov-2017 21:46


From small to medium and beyond: Navigating the ERP battlefield
Posted 21-Nov-2017 21:12


Business owners: ERP software selection starts (and finishes) with you
Posted 21-Nov-2017 21:11


Why I'm not an early adopter
Posted 21-Nov-2017 10:39


Netatmo launches smart home products in New Zealand
Posted 20-Nov-2017 20:06


Huawei Mate 10: Punchy, long battery life, artificial intelligence
Posted 20-Nov-2017 16:30


Propel launch Disney Star Wars Laser Battle Drones
Posted 19-Nov-2017 21:26



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.