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    Quote Originally Posted by kraker View Post
    Ditto when Rollei is misspelled Rollie, and Harman (of Ilford fame) Harmon.
    I've always thought that people saying "Rollie" meant to express affection. Maybe some actually do, while most are just bad typists.

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    I dislike abbreviations in general, I suppose they are just a "smart" way not to check orthography. People write "silo" because they have no idea where they would put the "h" in silhouette, "tog" is a way to resolve the dilemma photographer or fotografer, photografer, fotographer.

    The thing that disturbs me more is all the "it's" instead of "its", "he's" instead of "his" (the list could go on) because that shows a basic ignorance of basic grammar rules of the language. You find it now in technical documentation as well. That's sad to say the least*.

    Also "your" instead of "you are", "their" instead of "they are", "whose" instead of "who's" or "who's" instead of "whose" can be mentioned. One has to read the sentences twice to figure where the catch is

    And another thing is all the commas, dots, semicolons which are not followed by a space. When one writes a sentence without leaving a space after the comma,the text is much more difficult to read fast,and reading a forum becomes a pain,so much so that sometimes I immediately skip the text. Spaces are free, use them generously :-)

    * It's not difficult to understand.
    It's = a contraction of "it is".
    Its = of it, related to it.

    If you can substitute it's with "it is" then you write it "it's".
    If you cannot substitute it's with "it is" then it's "its".

    One cannot say "I loved the camera but not it is price". You say "I loved the camera but not its price".

    And by the same token "her's" (that doesn't exists at all) is different from "hers", "his" is different from "he's".
    The girl brought her book. I brought my book, she brought hers.
    Never: the girl brought her's book. Her's makes no sense and does not exists in English. Your's does not exists in English as well. If it's yours, it's yours without apostrophe.

    He's just arrived with his car. She's just arrived with her car. They're just arrived with their car. It's their car, not yours. You're not the owner of this car, because it's theirs.

    Spend half an hour with your grammar, it's your friend

    (I'm not targeting anybody in particular, just being my usual pedantic )

    PS Being a foreigner I have a grammatical license to kill, so now don't shoot at me in retaliation :-)
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    Here are some that completely irritate me:

    Blown highlights. What the hell does that really mean? They exploded? Somebody breathed on them?
    Compo - composition, of course. Yuck.
    Dorff - Deardorff, please.
    Blad - Hasselblad, please.
    Shooting - What's wrong with photographing? Or taking pictures?
    Capture - Ugh
    Bokeh - Please kill me by saying it one more time.
    Muddy - Someone describe to me what a 'muddy' print is. Somebody really smear mud on it? Be more creative, please, like 'not sharp', or 'poor contrast'.

    What's worse, I think I may have used all of the messed up language above at some point in time.
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    I always measure is as 5.5 cm...

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    To add to Diapositivo's mentioning of grammatical errors: plurals made with apostrophes! I saw this on Craigslist this morning:

    "I have over 300 camera's, scanner's, and many types of sensors for material handling systems.
    photo's and more info available."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diapositivo View Post
    And by the same token "her's" (that doesn't exists at all) is different from "hers", "his" is different from "he's".
    The girl brought her book. I brought my book, she brought hers.
    Never: the girl brought her's book. Her's makes no sense and does not exists in English. Your's does not exists in English as well. If it's yours, it's yours without apostrophe.
    The problem with criticizing other people's grammar is that you have to be absolutely correct yourself, in order for the advice to carry any weight.
    The italicized and underlined words above - 'exists' - really should be 'exist' in the context you're writing them. Just sayin' - spend half an hour with your grammar. It's your friend.
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    Everything Diapositivo mentioned......

    Quote Originally Posted by Ottrdaemmerung View Post
    To add to Diapositivo's mentioning of grammatical errors: plurals made with apostrophes!
    And that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    The problem with criticizing other people's grammar is that you have to be absolutely correct yourself, in order for the advice to carry any weight.

    Otherwise..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law

    And whilst we're at it, alot or allot in place of a lot and writing my bad when bad is an adjective, not a noun. And just one more: It's try to (do something) not try and.


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    Annie Leibovitz was quoted in a Mamiya advert calling another camera a "Hassle".
    A 20 something art director said Bokeh to me yesterday! Smack him in the head.

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    o puhleeeze
    it's the internet
    or
    is
    it its

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    wrt its, I would just like to point out that iPhones are setup to autocorrect EVERY instance of its to it's. I had to press the "no correct" thing twice while writing this post.

    WTF were they thinking!?

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