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Comments on Sunday 7 March 2004:
Tsch, what an annoying time for a blackout; not only was it the time at which I'd usually be working up to a programming frame of mind, but it was also through the entire length of a TV movie, The Lake, which the TV guide describes thusly (minus the annotation):
YASMINE BLEETH stars in this twisted story of intrigue (boring!), action and science fiction (hoorah!) as a nurse who returns to her hometown (boring!) only to find it a suburb of The Twilight Zone (hoorah!).
With such a roller-coaster ride in the single-sentence TV guide description, how could the movie possibly be bad? We'll never know, thanks to the foibles of the power company. Unless someone tells us. Or we read the IMDB reviews. Or it's on again at some point. [23:06]

AttackOfTheSpam
The only commenter didn't bother to capitalize anything, and I, grammar Nazi that I am, cannot trust that.

Frogg
Hey, correct grammar and spelling not only makes you look intelligent, it detracts from the "I'm a 14-year-old-guy posing as a 25-year-old-girl trying to prank someone to have cybersex with me so I can laugh at them" image.

Or that could just be my impression.

Digi
No, Frogg, it doesn't. That's like saying nice clothes make an ugly person look attractive - only a stupid person would be fooled.

RavenBlack
They prevent the opposite, though. Rubbish grammar and spelling make you look stupid. Correct grammar and spelling, then, partially prevent you from looking stupid.

AttackOfTheSpam
Of course, that doesn't work if you type utter nonsense, as I often do. In that case, you're just screwed.

RavenBlack
Hence 'partially'.

Gecko
As long as the person uses correct capitalization, as opposed to TypING lYkE ThIs (sorry people for making you read that) then I can tolerate poor grammer. Usually.

RavenBlack
Good thing too, or you'd be cross with yourself for writing 'grammer'.

AttackOfTheSpam
What about spelling? I have a spelling tick as well as a grammar/pronunciation tick. I correct people convulsively. If I hold it in, I sit there and just kind of twitch.

*twitch*. *twitch twitch*. *twitch twitch ?^%$ TWITCH GECKO YOU SPELLED GRAMMAR WRONG.*

Gah. I'm sorry.

Digi
That's odd logic, Raven. It's like saying being in England prevents me from being in Japan. 'Prevent' is a strange word to use, in this context, but I wouldn't go so far as to say incorrect.

RavenBlack
Mm, there doesn't seem to be a proper word for the context, in English.

Digi
'Precludes'?

RavenBlack
That's better for the England/Japan, but worse for the good-grammar/not-stupid-looking.

AttackOfTheSpam
How about 'might prevent in some cases'? That sounds forebodingly like something one would find on a bottle of arsenic, though.

RavenBlack
I already said "partially prevent" which is essentially the same thing.

Gecko
I never said that I could spell. Spelling + Gecko= bad, bad times. I wish I could spell, but I have lots of trouble with it. I spell things how I pronounce them, and I have an odd accent.

Good grammar but bad spelling does make you look rather stupid, as I have just proved.

AttackOfTheSpam
RavenBlack: yes, but I said 'in some cases,' which is not essentially the same thing.

Gecko: sorry. I have a problem. Acceptance is the first step towards healing.

Gecko
Hey, no problem. I really should become better friends with this guy named "webster" anyways.

AttackOfTheSpam
Ah, I remember eighth grade G&T class... we got to pick our own spelling words, so we'd all search through the dictionaries for really hard ones. (Yes, we were dorks, and I received enough taunting for that already.) One moment that stands out in memory was the one where, totally out of the blue, a girl named Caitlin giggled and shouted "Andrew's a succubus!" in the middle of class.

Ah, middle school was so delightfully odd...
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