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Why do some people intentionally misspell words?

Why do some people intentionally misspell words? Topic: In formal writing abbreviations
June 17, 2019 / By Brande
Question: Like instead typing "Sometimes" they write "Sumtimes". Instead of "cool" they write "kewl" there are so many
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Alea Alea | 9 days ago
They don't want to seem uptight. They want to come across as relaxed and careless. In reality, they are making themselves seem sloppy and incompetent, as well as unsophisticated. Personally, I think there is a very slim time and place when this is ok. On a forum, it just makes things complicated and confusing. In email, I would definitely limit it to abbreviations. On instant messenger, I still think it's unnecessary but it's ok to do it a little bit, just to keep from sounding too formal. I'm not saying I take offense, but it really does give off the wrong impression a lot of the time. Sometimes I just skip over answers written in that jargon--to hard to read, and often not containing very mature content. I know I may sound mean or strict, but I just don't see the point in spelling things wrong when everyone would rather see it spelled right.
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Alea Originally Answered: B&A: Critique my first 248 words, please?
It's got problems. Let me copy it, mess with it, and edit in specific comments, okay? Edit: He jumped the next step as if it was supposed to be thrilling. [<--What does that even mean? This reader doesn’t understand how one might jump as if one were supposed to be thrilled but was not. Also, the word ‘was’ is incorrect in this subjunctive use, in which wishes all require the plural past tense, ‘were.’] Cameron kicked a few cobbles before returning to his pace. [Cobbles are pretty firmly set and stick up only a little. How does a guy kick a few?] Down the flight of stairs, he could feel the sun coming off him. [<--This sentence is awkward. It’s also the reader’s first clue that he’s going down rather than up. The phrase ‘he could feel the sun coming off him’ has two flaws. One, it filters. Instead of reporting how he used his five senses, cut directly to the experience. (Example: Instead of “She smelled smoke coming from the kitchen” use “Smoke came from the kitchen.”) Two, this reader doesn’t understand what you mean by ‘the sun coming off him.’ Is his skin or clothing warmed from the sun? Because what you’ve written does not say that.] He swore if he got through this test, the next night he’d be celebrating in the mage’s burn treatment room. [This tells instead of shows. How about some dialogue, or thought?] The irony overwhelmed him. [More telling.] With this in mind, he chuckled – looking like a delusional desert traveler. [Why the dash rather than the comma? It does not add impact. It also poses a point of view problem--how can Cameron know how he looks? We are inside Cameron’s head, so only his POV can be used.] [Ow, huh? I know. Sorry, sorry, sorry!] He came to a stop, seeming confused [Seeming confused to whom?]; he twisted [<--Good verb.] his arm into his pocket. [Damn, that’s some pocket, able to hold an entire arm. The semicolon doesn’t work for me. I prefer its use reserved for times when the two independent clauses are so closely related they must be in the same sentence for the impact.] He pulled out a pocket watch. Not wasting his time adorning [<--I don’t think that’s the word you want. Look it up.] its craftsmanship, he flipped it open. The second hand mocked him [<--Excellent verb choice.] after he noticed the time: ten after two. Cameron’s fingers turned restless and the watch almost slipped away. He dove into his other pocket [Man, it holds not just his arm but his entire self? How about his hand diving instead?] and gazed over the items now [<--replace with ‘once he’] cupped in his palm. His face reddened counting each of them. [This has his face doing the counting. Rephrase.] One was part of an egg shell; another was a rusted chain; another was an empty spool of thread. [Here I approve of the semicolons but wish for better verbs.] “One short!” He yelled.[No reason to capitalize ‘He.’ An agent or editor might reject for this one mistake, since punctuation and capitalization of dialogue is such a basic skill.] Looking around, of course, [What purpose does the ‘of course’ serve? Does it say that of course he looks around, or of course nobody was around to hear? It needs to move to be clear, whichever you mean.] there was no one within earshot. A road wasn’t far to the side of him. [That’s two uses of ‘was’ in rapid succession.] Behind him was [And three.] a stone structure that he supplied the phrase ‘ancient building’ to. [The final phrase’s content works, but it’s ungainly. Rephrase.] From the looks of it, it may have been some monument used to get higher up [‘Higher up’ is redundant.] in worship of the sky. Cameron thought, reusing his favorite word, {<--Again, awkward.] *must be some ancient ritual grounds*. The rest of the area was [Ugh, four.] a field of overgrown grass. Okay, so it wasn’t awful, but there was a lot working against you. Hearing that can really deflate a writer's ego. So don’t let a critique stop you. First drafts are allowed to be just awful in terms of the writing. It’s far more important to write your whole story, however badly, than to have a partial early draft be pretty good. So forge ahead, okay?

Tristen Tristen
Only when I'm twisting lettering for it to seem like a typo but actually make what I'm saying carry heavy subtext by making it a word with a different definition like "lightening" instead of "lightning"
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Reid Reid
I try hard not to but I have dyslexic and adhd some word look the same to me and one letter off and I swear word I did not c find out till some one said something but this is from a car accident
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Medad Medad
becuz itz tha KEWL thang too dew. Yeah I could go on forever too. Hopefully you knew that first line was just a joke. I can't stand it either.
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Johnie Johnie
its to change things up cuz using the same words are boring...and its to type faster....just to be a bit more creative
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Gyles Gyles
I don't know but they don't fly in the workplace with emails so hopefully they just do it in these types of forums.
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Dylan Dylan
just slang and text writing really i used to do it quite alot but now ive just gone back o writing properly, i think its better
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Dylan Originally Answered: I need you help. Pls finish these words.?
96. you can do this yourself. 97. my fish died the other day. 98. to happen the other day. 99. It's.....fun to go shopping. 100. Good..lately 101. Do my homework 102. I drop the kids of later. 103. You have not passed the class, but instead you failed. 104. happy the most 105. bake some cupcakes for tomorrow. 106. She wanted to go shopping 107. it is going to rain 108. ate anything within the last 5 hours 109. would do my homework for me 110. you got your homework done last night. 111. putting my homework away and going shopping. 112. I go home now 113. die...always remember you 114. your best friend becky is pregnant 115. come to the baby shower with me 116. gone to the swimming pool yesterday 117. probably go take a nap 118. that I could model? 119. know, I was curious.

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