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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by Ozark Lee » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:58 pm

Humor is fine - God knows we could all use a good laugh every now and then. If there is a chance that someone might not get the joke use a smiley or something. There have been a very few cases where people take it the wrong way.

IMHO is fine - B4 is not. If you are responding to a poster from a country where English is not the primary language you might want to spell it out.

Common contractions are perfectly acceptable.

Trust me, you are not a problem. There are a few serial offenders that use no capitalization, punctuation, and extensively use "Text" language. I don't even read their questions anymore. While MVS doesn't have an ignore function there are so few of them that I just mentally keep track of them.

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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by matthew1 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:38 am

^ bingo.

IMHO is a widely-used abbreviation on the English-speaking Web. This is an English-speaking board... so it's fine. Contractions are fine.

Texting-speak can easily be confused with actual parts, like "b4"... a servo? Or "before"?

Humor is important to keep things light. :-)
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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by abscate » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:01 pm

I'm in a fairly technical field, and I try to follow a practice of not using an AWOD with out defining it like this.

Oooppps. acronym without definition (AWOD)
attempts at creative writing, sometimes known as humor, frowned upon in a strictly technical forum?
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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by abscate » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:01 pm

Wonderful example of an excellent first post

http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums ... =1&t=68082
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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by kaneelschep » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:30 am

Hi there.

Maybe it is not really related to correct use of the English language, but it is related to language.
So I thought I just post it here. :)
The more posts I read here, the more I see you (mostly americans I guess) really really love to use abbreviations.
Now I can't speak about the rest of europe, but in this country, The Netherlands, we do not do that. We just use the whole word for it. Everytime. For me, the abbreviations are the same as using text talk. ;)

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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by matthew1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:26 pm

You use no abbreviations in English in the Netherlands, or in Dutch in the Netherlands?
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Post by kranz » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:15 pm

kaneelschep wrote:Hi there.

Maybe it is not really related to correct use of the English language, but it is related to language.
So I thought I just post it here. :)
The more posts I read here, the more I see you (mostly americans I guess) really really love to use abbreviations.
Now I can't speak about the rest of europe, but in this country, The Netherlands, we do not do that. We just use the whole word for it. Everytime. For me, the abbreviations are the same as using text talk. ;)
Alstublieft is more or less an abbreviation and y'all use it constantly.
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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by kaneelschep » Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:12 am

Hahaha :-) alstublieft or alsjeblieft is just an official word for please Or there you go.
No maybe i was not clear. I meant for car parts. Or car repairs.
Like the pvc repair. A ptc valve. Iac valve. Etm. Evap. maf.
i cant think of more just of the top of my head.
And not that it is a problem for me. no definitely not.
i just never heard people use so many abbreviations everyone just seems to know.
We just call the animal by its name here.
Even in english i would not have thought to shorten car part names.
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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by kranz » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:39 am

It is easy to understand why someone from a culture that allows words like Kindercarnavalsoptochtvoorbereidingswerkzaamheden to creep into the language, would fail to appreciate the use of abbreviations. The Dutch, like the Germans are fond of cramming little words together to make ever larger words. It is frequently carried to the extreme with wild abandon and seems to be a badge of honor to build even larger ones. To their credit, the Germans have recently begun to show some restraint and have officially retired the 63 letter word Rindfleischetikettierungsuberwachungsaufgabenubertragungsgesetz .

I've heard it said that "Americans should be more like europeans". To this I say, "Hogwash!" and point to the apparent disregard for abbreviations as a strong argument to the contrary.

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Re: MVS posting standards: Correct English, no text talk ple

Post by matthew1 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:48 am

kaneelschep wrote:I meant for car parts. Or car repairs.
Like the pvc repair. A ptc valve. Iac valve. Etm. Evap. maf.
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