The Lemures Files
  Guest Article: October 27th, 2001

Englesh? Wee doon't need no stenkieng Englesh!!!!11

By: Fire

This article was originally done for one of my sites a few weeks back, but since it is still in the process of moving, I decided to revise it and send it in as a Lemures File. Hope you enjoy.

So, there I am on a Monday evening, sifting through the new Anipike sites. I go to a website, and what do I get on the front page? "Hey! Wellcome to my page!"

While this may not seem like a big thing, it gets much worse. MUCH. Especially when you get to pages with a lot of information. Here you may see such things as "Welll, my names KErry and I live in Ssoutn Dakotaa!!!111" or "Aruka and Miuchuru are SAilors Uranus and Nepptune?" In case you're wondering, I have come across many a page with errors like this. I wouldn't be writing this otherwise. A few typos won't hurt anyone, but once you see things like this repetitively, they really start to get annoying.

It makes you wonder. Are these people younger than the say they are? That could be the answer. I can honestly say that I've seen some sites with worse grammar then my uncle when he's drunk. More questions: Are these people just ignorant? Do they type so fast that they don't notice the misspellings? Can they use a damned spellchecker? Do they even know what one is? Sure, looking at an entire page of HTML for a long period of time can do something to the brain and/or eyes (I myself can only go 30 minutes without having to take a break), but you CAN open it up in a browser and check it! Geeze...

The only thing worse than horrible misspellings is GRAMMAR. Gods, what I've's enough to make an English major fall to his or her knees and weep uncontrollably. I don't know why people who have no grasp of the English language (this is only an example) even make webpages. It's even worse when these people are from a country where English is the primary language! People from countries where English isn't the primary language are somewhat excusable, but I would still recommend that they learn the important attributes of the language before making a webpage in English.

I know that most HTML editors online (like the ones on webpage servers) don't have a grammar or spelling checker, and neither does Notepad or other simple text editors on PCs themselves. Microsoft Word does, but I don't know of many people that have it, let alone use it. I don't use it because you don't need all the fancy stuff there, and besides, the grammar check is too damn extensive. (Read: Sometimes I don't even know how to correct grammar mistakes on it..heh..)

So, in light of this, I have come up with a few simple steps to avoid problems like these: 1) If you aren't sure of a word's proper spelling, LOOK IT UP. It only takes a few seconds, and it's going to be to everyone else's benefit as well as yours because you'll have the right information. As for Japanese (or some other language's) names and spelling, there are a number of websites that have the proper information.

2) When you aren't sure of grammar or just want to make sure you are writing correctly, you can always ask someone else (provided they know how to use proper grammar) to look over what you've written. If you've done anything wrong, they should be able to offer help and correct your mistakes. And a note to those who do proofread sites for others, please don't be too harsh. Constructive criticism is good, but being outright rude is not.

3) Please pay attention to punctuation and capitalization. At times I know it can't be helped (like when you're typing fast and you capitalize the first two letters of a word - which you can go back and fix later) but in others it can. And when making a bunch of exclamation points, question marks, or other punctuation while using the shift key, please make sure you don't release the key. It's annoying to see a bunch of !!!!!'s followed by a few 111's. Like I said, you can go back and fix these things. Don't be lazy and leave them as they are!

4) If you're editing pure HTML code, take a break once in a while. As I said before, staring at all of that for extended periods of time can really take a toll on your eyes and brain. I've noticed that a 10 or 15 minute break after about 30 minutes of editing really helps you focus.

I hope this helps, and happy writing!

Comments on this article can be sent to: Fire.

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