Protest at Spelling Bee

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  1. Fiy

    Fiy Alien Velociraptor

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  2. salmonman78

    salmonman78 Mordin, my hero

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    jesus, obstructs people from learning to read.

    NO! Parent's not sending their kids to school or not reading to them and helping them develop reading skills is whats stopping people. Might as well as hes at it say 16 year olds can apply for welfare until they get their first job
     
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    Oh brother....
     
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    Oh for the love of...

    I'm sorry... that is just stupid. Make our children learn how to spell things like cell phone texters with their words like "u" and "gr8," virtually destroying the English language for future generations, and drive teachers nuts when they have to grade papers chock full of poorly misspelled words.

    I agree with the 15 year-old in that article.
     
  5. process

    process Hanlon's razor Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    I really haven't given this much thought, as I can't bring myself to take this movement seriously, so read the following as simple mental exercises.

    In my opinion, this protest seems to be in defense of intellectual laziness, whether or not the protesters realize it. Many people don't have a good grasp of grammar either, yet this does not always prevent them from communicating effectively; should we simplify our grammar as well? I am curious just which words they take issue with, and to what extent they would simplify them, as most multi-syllable words could be drastically simplified.

    On the other hand, I can't think of a compelling argument against the idea of simplifing our lexicon, if the intention is to be more efficient or more phonetically correct. Languages and words have migrated and changed many, many times in the past, so what's the purpose for preserving our current language?
     
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    this iz dum
     
  7. Matty

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    Oh for fucks sake.
     
  8. prime13

    prime13 UCHUU KITAAAA

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    @ Spelling Bee protesters: GO GET A F!@#$ING LIFE.
     
  9. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    I sometimes catch myself using poor grammar, and get corrected every now and then. but the way I look at it, anything you say is a word. they have meaning behind them. and when I put a bunch of words together, it makes a sentence. so to me, grammar and word usage is dynamic, and you can pretty much do whatever you'd like with them.
     
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    That reminded me that I meant to watch the spelling bee with my laptop just to see if dictionary search/Google/ could yield me correct spelling faster than the people on TV.

    ..But just like learning how to spell it appears that I am too lazy.
     
  11. Dinobot Nuva

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    Lol, cuz, y'know, every single friggin' generation that's come down the line hasn't had its own lexicon of slang.

    That being said these protesters are sadly not quite stupid enough to make me laugh, but damnit if they didn't try with those "enuf is enuf" shenanigans.
     
  12. Coeloptera

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    Here is the dumbest part of their protest; there already is a perfect phonetic alphabet.

    International Phonetic Alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There it is, every sound in every known human language. Any word in any of these languages can be spelled and thus pronounced by anyone who knows this phonetic alphabet.

    It even has an extension for speech disorders: Extensions to the IPA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So their suggestions on how to simplify spelling are based purely on their own opinions and not any real academic reason.

    They are too simple and stupid to realize that languages have nuances of pronunciation that are difficult for native speakers to catch except by their absence.

    Let's see these simpletons try spell "thorough" in their idiot-speak. I could use a laugh as they fumble. Thurow? Therow? Tharow? Good luck.

    - Coeloptera
     
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    Ghhhh. Learn to spell properly or fuck off. That simple.
     
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    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    :lolol 

    Next year they'll just call it the Spelin B and be done with it. :D 
     
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    Stoopid crayz peepol

    :crazy:  :crazy:  :crazy: 
     
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    ive seen some no accounts strutting around at pre -k they could probabaly hit them up next.:wtf:  go protest overseas you f-ing idiots
     
  17. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

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    Spelling Bees are lame anyway. In this day and age we have spell-checkers. Kids could be learning more important stuff.
     
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    I agree that spelling should be made as simple as possible. Also, grammar should be officially simplified too. But we can't call it chatspeak, we need a new name for it..hmmm..new..I got it, it should be called "Newspeak" and it would make it impossible to articulate ideas without looking like a 15 year old dropout on X Box Live. Doubleplusgood idea!
     
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    What is this I don't even...
     
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