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Posted by Tracy
4/13/2011  1:02:00 AM
hi.....am new here bt love diz dancers....wnt partner who can teach me...wonna dancer n enjoy da dancer....ooh yeah...am en love with ballroom dancer.............if u ar interest send me msg........Am Motswana Lady of 21..wil tk more
Re: Seriously?
Posted by Ladydance
4/13/2011  5:16:00 AM
Grow up.
Re: Seriously? (Male partner wanted in Botswana)
Posted by anymouse
4/13/2011  9:16:00 AM
Ladydance, neither you nor I are from Botswana, so we aren't really able to tell if this is appropriate language there or not. Presumably a partner would be not only local but also in the early 20's age group.

But I would agree that "hello" is probably not the most productive subject line for a local partner wanted ad on a global forum.
You may want to do a little research.
Posted by jofjonesboro
4/13/2011  2:00:00 PM
The official language of Botswana is English. It's unlikely that an adult - especially one with enough knowledge to navigate the 'net - would demonstrate such poor usage.

jj
Re: You may want to do a little research.
Posted by anymouse
4/13/2011  10:42:00 PM
"The official language of Botswana is English."

But likely not the same in common everyday usage as the version of the language that you and I speak or write. Your standard of "poor usage" is relative to what you are used to in your location. Someone looking for a 20-something partner in an area where they communicate differently would understandably be writing for that person, not for you.
Re: Seriously? (Male partner wanted in Botswana)
Posted by Telemark
4/13/2011  3:10:00 PM
ooh yeah!
Re: Seriously? (Male partner wanted in Botswana)
Posted by belleofyourball
4/14/2011  8:00:00 PM
I don't see the word Botswana anywhere. I see someone who is ignorant writing ignorantly and someone excusing their ignorance based on an assumption.

There is no excuse for butchering the English language no matter what your ethnicity. Mistakes are understandable...what this individual has written looks like an ad for a hooker or a mail order bride.
Re: Seriously? (Male partner wanted in Botswana)
Posted by anymouse
4/15/2011  10:12:00 AM
"I don't see the word Botswana anywhere. I see someone who is ignorant writing ignorantly and someone excusing their ignorance based on an assumption."

It seems you are as ignorant of her language and culture as you accuse her of being of yours. No harm in that, I was too. But I had enough of a suspicion to drop "Motswana" into a search engine, and learned something kind of interesting about the way a particular language uses prefixes.

"There is no excuse for butchering the English language no matter what your ethnicity."

Someday you may learn that there are as many versions of the language as there are cultures which use it, especially those which use it to some degree alongside another.
Re: Seriously? (Male partner wanted in Botswana)
Posted by belleofyourball
4/17/2011  12:12:00 PM
Anymouse,

I have been to many countries and butchered many languages but I was trying.

English, written or otherwise requires the majority of letters to be written. This is stupid teeny bopper lazy garbage. Text speak is not any form of English and I think it is rude to subject strangers to it. Society as a whole is ever removing itself from basic manners with technology as an excuse. I say with the time technology saves us we should be capable of spelling out full words or at least trying.

There are a lot of people on here who have marginal English skills and that I don't have a problem with

....ooh yeah...am en love with ballroom dancer.............if u ar interest send me msg

This I do have a problem with. If you look in your email spam bucket you'll see similar messages from hookers, looking for a free ride to another country and trading their bodies for the opportunity.
Re: Seriously?
Posted by cbmp
4/17/2011  1:35:00 PM
"Text speak is not any form of English and I think it is rude to subject strangers to it. Society as a whole is ever removing itself from basic manners with technology as an excuse."

I wasn't going to dignify the original post on this thread by commenting in any form. But I think you've hit the crux of the matter.

There was a time when written English (or French, German, whatever) was more formal than the spoken form. I believe this is still true of most languages. But, for some reason, English seems to be a glaring exception, in spite of spell-checking and even grammar-checking capabilities on our word processors.

Sadly, these days even scientific and technical writing is not spared this insult. Let us tolerate neither this, nor sloppy posture/footwork.

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