I Wanna` be American

Discussion in 'General Forum Discussion' started by argon_0, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. argon_0

    argon_0 Member

    I have absolutely no problem with adhering to this but wonder how other postloopers deal with spelling and grammar on a US based forum.
    Do you spell words without the u?
    Do you shorten sentences to American speak?
    This Forum does have members from Thailand, Philippines and Argentina who unashamedly do not pretend to be American.
    Do I need to keep up my charade in favor of being American?:confused:
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  2. Pete

    Pete Staff

    I think you should abide by the wishes of the forum owner even if others are not.
  3. argon_0

    argon_0 Member

    Thanks Pete. Yes I certainly do. My spell check always lights up. I write my posts in such a way as not to not show otherwise. For instance, I live in the bush but would write forest. If I do some research I google US sites. I just wondered if there are others who go to this length. Out of the Forums I post to it is one I very much enjoy so I certainly keep in line. The Forum posters are very interactive and knowledgeable.:)
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  4. Jessi

    Jessi Member

    It's possible the members you've seen who talk about being from Thailand, Argentina, etc, aren't actually postloopers, were there before they made the US request specifically, or are getting low ratings because they're not hiding it even. Because it was requested, then yes, I think you need to keep up the charade unfortunately. If you enjoy it anyway, then I suppose it makes it worthwhile.
  5. Ansem

    Ansem Forum & Blog Owners

    I already don't join such forum as I have a feeling I'll be mistreated beforehand on my location.
    That just doesn't feel right to me.
  6. I am a Postlooper, I am from Argentina, I am on the site argon_0 is talking about, I did read that piece of info before joining the site and I got a 4.60 rating from the owner. I just made sure never to disclose my location. I didn't have to pretend being American or anything. I always share tips that are known in my country (different cultures have different ways to stay healthy) and never got any complains.

    I do know of some non-US citizens who frequently go on that site and that have had great ratings as well. Diversifying is great for every site.
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  7. argon_0

    argon_0 Member

    Strewth mate , thanks for your piece headacheinasuitcase. Maybe I should let loose. Fair suck of the sav and be known as an Aussie and use my own lingo.
    Maybe not so keenly as this. But why not. :thumbsup:
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  8. m0305

    m0305 New Member

    First, have to warn everybody about this post. Maybe I did send it before, I do not remember.
    It’s about spelling, grammar, etc. You Have to admit, there is people from different parts of world, higher educated then we are, with better knowledge of Oxford written language, studied IF sentences for ages, “I should not have taken this issue for granted”.
    OffTopic(Shakespeare was an Englishman(in NewYork), and he was a poet, not a tutor of English language).
    OnTopic-There is difference between English written, English spoken, USA written, USA spoken. BIG difference, you know that! English, or American English is no1 language in the world, why? Do your best and try to answer to this simple question. Why?
    Because of rockn&roll? Democracy? Influence? CocaCola? MilitaryPower?Technology?Computers?WayOfLife?
    PopulationUSA- 315.091.138; percent of U.S. adults who can’t read (14%-32 million); percent of adults who read below a 5th grade level (21%); percent of high school graduates who can’t read (19%)(?) Just to compare- in Croatia there is cc 4,5 million people, less than in Milano. Lot of us can speak( and write) English. Lot of us cannot, also. (googleAnalitic01.02,2013)
    So, the point of this monolog is like in that anecdote when some proponent reporter asked Bertolt Brecht , during his exile in USA: - Why is your English so bad( though he was living in USA for three years)..Bertolt answered: Well, you have not been heard my German...
  9. Moosh1966

    Moosh1966 New Member

    Well Argon I am very impressed with your commitment and I will certainly take a leaf out if your book (forest) ha ha. As I am a newbie I like all the advice I can gather and it up is very enlightening to read post from old timers.... Not that your old, thanks again......
  10. Moosh1966

    Moosh1966 New Member

    I have taken your post with a pinch of salt, as a joke, am I correct in doing so? If the answer is yes, phew, because it could not stop laughing, if NO (it was serious), then come to Northern Switzerland and learn Swiss German (enough said)....... Signed by the Irish Lady
  11. kfander

    kfander Forum & Blog Owners

    He probably doesn't want to pay for all of the extra vowels that some of you needlessly insert into words that are perfectly okay without them. ;)
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  12. hoodoowytch

    hoodoowytch Member

    NO. I have a personal loathing of pretending to be something I'm not. I am American, and sweetie, with the country the way it is right now...well, there are times I am ASHAMED to say I am American. You just be yourself. Do you do good posts? I assume you do because you write very well. Bugger 'em says I...be yourself.
  13. yuk75

    yuk75 Forum & Blog Owners

    Since most browsers spell checks are American anyway, I don't see how it's a problem to spell American?
  14. Detritus

    Detritus New Member

    @ yuk75 Actually there is an exception. I run Linux OS instead of, *spit* Windows.
    Somebody from the UK did the default spell check dictionary and I keep getting words flagged and suggested I spell it correctly with the "u". I keep having to add the words without the "u" to my custom dictionary since I am Eastern U.S.A.
  15. yuk75

    yuk75 Forum & Blog Owners

    Why don't you just download an American dictionary? lol
  16. Detritus

    Detritus New Member

    Because this is Linux. It doesn't have the thousand bells and whistles that Windows offers - but, since it requires manual permission to install anything, I can laugh at drive-by downloads. They hit my system and just go, "*urk*.

    There are a few language2language dictionaries available at the Ubuntu software center but since the OS already has a dictionary (however UK biased) that is sufficient. With only a couple of exceptions, Linux programs are done by people for people with no monetary recompense, so only stuff created by sharing, giving people exists. DIY is a big theme with Linux so correcting for American English from the default British English is just all in a day's work.

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