Hello Kate and others
Aoccdrnig to a rseearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer
in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng
is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.
Check out this website http://www.bisso.com/ujg_archives/000227.html
as it actually describes this phenomenon. Karen Bahr “the
Rocklady” (firstname.lastname@example.org)From: Randolph Post email@example.com
Writing is easy!
By Randolph Post
It’s really quite simple to present yourself in writing, and do so
with a flair that is both interesting and communicative.
Think about the way you design jewelry. Perhaps visual images of a
design idea thump around in your head for a few days, or a few weeks
if you are old like me. This design may evolve from the original
idea as it becomes more concrete, and perhaps more sophisticated to
your creative thinking.
Eventually, your design may make it onto paper, becoming a physical
illustration of what you have in mind. Over the course of time, you
may modify this as the concept becomes clearer to your creative
sense now that there is an image before your eyes. The lines become
more compelling to your own sense of style.
Some time later, the idea is translated into physicality, perhaps in
wax, or some other easy to work with medium (I really have no idea
what you people use, I am a writer by trade.)
This is then “played with” some more, until you sense that your
vision has been achieved (in my trade we call it “polishing.”) Now
you are ready to translate the result into precious metal, perhaps
embellishing it with gems that round out your concept into a work of
art that will both delight the eye of the viewer and cause him/her
to reach for a credit card or purchase order. The bottom line is
that the end result is the sum total of your own creative thought,
you have “forced through your vision” into reality.
Writing is much the same. First there is a dialogue in your head as
you express your ideas to yourself. These are mentally rewritten as
you clarify the point you wish to make, and the manner in which you
wish to express it. This can be done over a matter of hours (or days
etc. etc.) until you feel compelled to place your ideas on paper.
By this time, you should be able to sit at the keyboard, empty your
head of all conflicting thoughts, and just let it flow. Do not
concern yourself with typos, spelling, or grammar at this point;
just get it onto the page. This, like your jewelry design idea, is a
What you have now is just like your paper or wax design, something
to be played with (or polished if you want to use writer’s jargon.)
And this is exactly what you do, you play with it (or polish it)
until you find that there is nothing left to change, modify, or
restructure. Along the way, spelling and grammar corrections should
be included. The end result is the sum total of your own creative
thought, you have “forced through your vision” into reality, just
like your jewelry designs.
The point to remember is: you have used the same process you always
use to create.
See how easy it is?
From: “Terri May” firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a silly thread. I know that I read Orchid for
not for great literature. Now shall we get angry and intemperate
with our colleagues for the use of slang?
Loosen up. A bulletin board on the Internet is more easily compared
to a casual telephone conversation or a post-it note; both of which
are often communicated as linked fragments, not as correctly
expressed and grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. Pick
your battles, and choose wisely.
That said, I believe the original post was something more about
business correspondence. I think that it was either a job offer, or
a response to an offer. In either case, it is totally to the
discretion of the writer as to how casual or formal, or how
spontaneous or pompous, the writer might wish to convey his/her
thoughts by the chosen writing style. If the recipient doesn’t like
it, that is the recipient’s problem; and I believe this is a matter
to be dealt with by it’s participants. If the correspondent wishes
to convey a spontaneous, carefree, “hip-to-the-internet” style, and
the recipient has more of a conservative, formal, "by-the-book"
style; well, they probably are not suited for an employment
O please release me from the tedium of rants! (Guess I’ll just have
to stop reading them. Hmmm…what a concept…)
From: “Cynthia Wiig” email@example.com
Hello All -
It’s been a long time since I’ve written to Orchid. Hope all is
well in John Burgess’ recovery. I’m so glad he can still type with
all lower case! Please keep typing, John, you are truly an amazingly
wonderful addition to Orchid!
Jewelers do tend to be very detail oriented - it is the nature of
our medium. I’m sure this quality carries over to the written word
for many readers. However, I totally agree with Kate Wolf. I would
hate to see individuals hesitate to write to Orchid - either with
or with questions because they are uncomfortable with the
And, yes, I agree with Daniel, that resumes and cover letters are
very important documents that warrant correct English and grammar.
Yes, everything we type here does go to the Orchid archives and yet,
I also agree with April’s comments - that email as a means of
communication is closer to “talking” than say, writing an article,
paper for school or a formal letter. And, yes, I do agree that having
correct spelling - especially of jewelry terms in the "subject"
header is important - especially for future searching of the
archives. Still, with the origin of this forum in Thailand, I’m
sure that the individuals that help Hanuman (and, many many thanks
for the long hours you all must spend on this forum!) must have
English as a second (or third language. English is very difficult -
many words that sound the same with different spellings and have very
different meanings. Spellcheck doesn’t help with that level of
It’s amazing how many times I have written something - spent time in
rereading it and press that “send” button and then, find a big
error! I have to be comfortable with “perfectly imperfect”.
I do feel that the focus of this forum is not for editing as we
read, but for sharing I especially would not want
individuals with English as their second or third language to be
intimidated to participate on Orchid. This is a global forum - and
Orchid is one of the most amazing experiences I have been fortunate
to be a part of. English was not one of my better subjects in
school. Writing a “Jewelry Journal” article for Lapidary Journal was
a real stretch for my writing abilities. It is very difficult to
describe how to hammer metal in words - with the sensitivity to
"feel" and “listen” to the sounds of the hammer blows. (I can’t
remember if I even mentioned that part of the process in the
As a moderate “techie” person - I get by with email, word documents,
excel and photoshop - but, I have no idea what some of these codes
mean, ie: HTH, IMPO, OTOH? Other than that, I don’t mind reading
lower case. I do appreciate when people add an extra space line
between paragraphs, because the Ganoksin receiving program
automatically runs all the text together unless there is an extra
space line between paragraphs.
In respect to those who are bothered by spelling errors, I am trying
to get in the habit of using spellcheck. Hey, I never knew that I
was spelling “wierd” wrong all my life. . . it’s weird! So,
spellcheck is fun, actually - but, it needs to become a habit. I
still forget to use it sometimes, and prefer not to have it on
Okay, yes, I am too wordy and I do use a lot of dashes when writing
email - definitely not, when writing a formal letter. I am really
fanatic for documents that warrant accuracy! I do know the code,
IMHO (in my humble opinion), and “imho”, email is actually closer to
talking. That is one of the phenomenons of email communication that
I find especially interesting - is to experience the "personalities"
through the text. Also, I love knowing where people are writing from
in our global community.
Aloha and best wishes for the holidays! Cynthia (in Honolulu)
p.s Hey, I just did spell check and it found no errors! Grammar
check would be another story, I’m sure!
From: “Cynthia Wiig” firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay - this is a perfect example of what my comments were trying to
p.s Hey, I just did spell check and it found no errors! Grammar
check would be another story, I'm sure! :)
I had just sent this comment in an email to Orchid and after
rereading it again just now, found the above gross grammatical error
in my message. Ironic, because it was even in a statement about
grammatical errors. (It was not an intentional error to make a
It probably should have read: “Hey, I just did spell check and it
didn’t find any errors!” or maybe, “and there were no errors”.
Oh well, I had already pressed the “send” button. Ordinarily, I
would just let it slide (along with all the other “errors” in my
original message) - but, because of the subject of this piece of
communication, I wanted to let whomever is reading it know that there
is a LOT of room for error in writing email. To me, it’s better to
just let a lot of the grammatical errors slide as long as the
is conveyed correctly. I sure don’t have enough time in
my day to keep editing. Speaking of time . . . it’s time to travel
on . . .
Have a productive December everyone . . .
From: “Annette Andres” email@example.com
This gives me an opportunity to ask a question about an abbreviation
I see on some Orchid posts. What does the (Yak) stand for in the
subject line? Annette
From: “Patricia Hicks” firstname.lastname@example.org
Perhaps if more people used the Archives and noticed that postings
are there from the beginning, now and ever shall be, for posterity,
they might feel just a little more inclined to make an effort at
correctness. Give it a try everyone . You’ll be amazed. Pat
From: “Christine Denayer” email@example.com
Hi All, I just arrived in Belgium, still having a headache. I read
Daniel Spirer’s message and cannot resist to drop a note. Daniel, I
absolutely agree with you - we’re not talking about people here like
myself who’s first language is not English - I still find it hard, I
still make mistakes and I still hate it - but about people who think
they don’t have to respect punctuation and don’t use capitals.
Frankly, I think it’s a question of being lazy and disrespectful to
language, because, after all, what is the advantage of not using
punctuation or capitals? I do not know any details about this, but I
know that almost everywhere in the world, a lot of thesises are being
written about the question what the new media do to our language
skills and I believe that the picture - although double of course -
is ultimately quite gloomy. Call me a conservative if you want -
which would be the first time ever I think - but I would never engage
someone who’s letter or email is without correct punctuation. A
couple of years ago, a student wrote a thesis which I had to
evaluate. He absolutely refused to use any capitals, but he was an
anarchist and had come up with dozens and dozens of articles proving
- completley incorrectly in my view - the link between conformism in
authoritarian societies on the one hand and the use of ‘belles
lettres’ in these societies - I let it go. For the rest, a sentence
begins with a capital and ends with a period. Then another sentence
begins, developing an argument or a message. Furthermore, any text is
always an amalgam of many ‘texts’. Any change changes everything.
This is easy to understand: suppose that you and me are in a room
having a discussion. The discussion is recorded and subsequently
typed out on a page without anything more. Now suppose that the
discussion is typed out again, but this time the secretary adds
like the one you can find in the text of a theatre piece
- he sighs - long silence - gets nervous, etc. Now suppose you let
these texts read by several people, asking them to explain what is
going on. Their interpretation will differ according to the
given. Now suppose that you will give the text with and
without punctuation - the interpretation will differ again, due to
all sorts of effects. I for example, will be inclined to take it less
serious. Maybe I’m getting old - which could make sense on my
birthday - but I believe that something like civilization is at stake
in these matters. Bon, let’s eat - :. Best, Will