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Old December 14 2013, 05:55 AM   #1
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"Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

Okay, time for another Grammar Nazi (actually Spelling Nazi) thread.

Can anyone explain to me why the word "were" (past tense, second person singular/plural and third person plural of "to be") is so frequently and consistently misspelled as "where"? I swear I must see this mistake at least ten times a day, and it's something I never saw before the internet age. I mean, this is just plain weird. (Or is it wheird?)
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Old December 14 2013, 06:05 AM   #2
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

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I swear I must see this mistake at least ten times a day
Where?
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Old December 14 2013, 06:10 AM   #3
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

sloppy typing. nothing more.
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Old December 14 2013, 06:37 AM   #4
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CorporalClegg wrote: View Post
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I swear I must see this mistake at least ten times a day
Where?
No....it's "were?"

Of course, "wherewolf" seems a little silly.
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Old December 14 2013, 06:43 AM   #5
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

Where instead of were makes you loose you're mind.
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Old December 14 2013, 07:01 AM   #6
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

Ar-Pharazon wrote: View Post
CorporalClegg wrote: View Post
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I swear I must see this mistake at least ten times a day
Where?
No....it's "were?"

Of course, "wherewolf" seems a little silly.



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Where instead of were makes you loose you're mind.
Unfortunately that's all to true.
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Old December 14 2013, 07:17 AM   #7
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

I think I just had a small stroke.
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Old December 14 2013, 07:52 AM   #8
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

It's just that the fingers automatically type letters that often go together. Whenever I type the letter 'q,' my right index finger types the letter 'u' without any conscious thought. Same with 'ou' - 'gh' automatically follows.

Oddly enough, when I'm writing with pen and paper, I often add the letter 'e' at the end of words that do not end in 'e.'

It may be just the human brain saving itself a step. I just wish that people could figure out once and for all where apostrophes go. I've even seen the word 'want' with an apostrophe (wan't), for pity's sake.
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Old December 14 2013, 10:13 AM   #9
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

Auto-correct can probably be blamed for some of this, too. It's getting out of control. Before auto-correct used to change misspelled into correctly spelled words. Even if it didn't always choose the right word, I at least understood what it was trying to do.

Now, though, auto-correct changes correctly spelled words into other words for no apparent reason. My phone simply refuses to recognize the word "food." Any time I try to type "food," it automatically changes it to "good," even though "food" is a correctly spelled word.
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Old December 14 2013, 11:32 AM   #10
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

A couple of months ago, I checked my iPhone to see when I was seeing Britishmania. Turns out I had tickets for the Brutish Maniacs. Huh.

The Internet is the greatest repository of knowledge and information in the history of mankind, yet what it really excels at is spreading ignorance and low standards. I think at this point a lot of the misspellings and bad grammar and weird punctuation comes from people who grew up on the Internet and assumed that the mistakes they saw were correct.
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Old December 14 2013, 12:07 PM   #11
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

And the ignorance has reached a point now where if you dare to correct the spelling of someone, they turn on you like you killed their dog.

Okay, we all make typos but I don't get why you get to be shit all over just for correcting something. When I screw up, if someone points it out I just do a "Oops, silly me" and move on. When I point one out, I get told to fuck myself.
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Old December 14 2013, 12:32 PM   #12
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

There is no cause nobler than that of the mighty Grammar Nazi. The mistake that's really been grinding my gears as of late is the use of "to" instead of "too." For the life of me, I can't remember people screwing that one up with anywhere near the frequency with which they do today.
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Old December 14 2013, 01:22 PM   #13
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

No Sanity Clause wrote: View Post
Can anyone explain to me why the word "were" (past tense, second person singular/plural and third person plural of "to be") is so frequently and consistently misspelled as "where"?
Contrary to the often confused homophones - we had quite a few threads about these -, here we have two words that are pronounced quite differently. Hence I think we may fairly assume that the root of this problem is for once not a hearing/pronounciation error.

I believe this particular mix up is partially owed to the automatic spellcheck on many computers and cell phones. If those are badly programmed, they only know the more common word. Which in this case would be "where". "Were", being past tense, is rarely used since most people use the present perfect (have been).
Hence, when the younger generation uses the rare word, their computers and cells will - erroneousely - change it to the wrong one, thus cementing in the users' minds the wrong spelling.
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Old December 14 2013, 01:28 PM   #14
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Re: "Where" instead of "were" . . . WTF??

It's a simple typo, no need to rant about it. Where, were, too, to, off, of, damn, dam, etc...

Heck, recently I accidentally typed analorgy instead of analogy. I chuckled, then thought what the heck and posted it uncorrected. Still can't believe the silly reactions to it. Grow up, people.

“Could of“ and “would of“ does annoy me. That's not a typo, that's a big mistake.
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Old December 14 2013, 01:49 PM   #15
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Grow up.
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