@Crunchy No, please don't take it that we Englishers are unappreciative of foreigners speaking English. It is just hard to discern the effort someone has applied when all you're seeing is a username like "CrunchyMittens", which could easily be from any English-speaking country. Well, pretty much any country. Save maybe an African one. (Too hot there for mittens.) I've greeted many an east-Asian with showers of encouragement for their long-suffering with English. But, mostly in-person.
@TuraSatana "Perkele" LOL
@Everyone How interesting that this commentary on an amusing comic got so derailed when PHB's expression at the sight of a button is so hilarious
I can't talk about other countries, but USA has probably more people that speak English incorrectly than can, I feel sometimes. The entire southern part of the USA. Some people literally speak like Boomhauer from King of the Hill, some people talk as if they are too lazy to move their jaw and have a mouth full of marbles.
I don't want to seem racist saying this, because it isn't, it is true, but talk to a southern black person (i'd say woman for this example, but i think i just deal with more women than men) from an area like Mississippi. Probably coincidence that Mississippi seem the worst at speaking as I am sure neighboring states are just as bad.
KingMidnight, thank you for semi-proving my point. You admit that English is your second language and go on to both unnecessarily insult my personal intelligence and claim to "often misspell English words." But, when reading through your passage, you have more errors of word choice or grammar than spelling errors. (your usage of the conjunction "don't" instead of "doesn't," for example) And you also admit that you agree with my point of spelling errors being derivative of impatience and a lack of care when typing vastly inconsequential and anonymous words, like comments on a comic strip. I'm not sure why you felt the need to directly insult me, though. People can be wrong or just of a different opinion without being stupid. I can only base my opinion off of personal experience, which has led me to realize that Americans tend to care far less about spelling or the written word than any of the other nationalities that I've come into contact with.
dillianvase.. You are appareantly stupid. I am from sweden and I often misspell english words (however that idea about "typing quickly without proofreading" also kinda holds water.. If I were to try to check out every word that I feel a bit uncertain about).. Reason I consider you to be stupid is this: People who are foreign learn english as a second language learn it at a later stage of life which means it don't make the same imprint in the brain and therefor is more quickly forgotten (but sure native languages is often subject to missusage so even an imprint might be in error and that is more difficoult to "get rid of").. since we learned english in school in our youth several years can go by without need to use it, hence people are able to forget... and last (but not least) the few reminders we get is often to watch movies/series from hollywood, and that is only auditory (that means that we have an active vocabulare which can contain several words which we never seen spelled, and as we want to write it we THINK we know how it's spelled according to ordinary rules of spelling.. and when writing on internet in a blog-like enviroment.. atleast I don't bother about checking the spelling on most words that I know I feel uncertain about, I simply assume people get the jest.. And that is before I take in to consideration yet other nations where the schooling system don't have competent teachers, or textbooks.. They just teach enough to be able to "get by", because that's all their resources can bring.
I'm not sure why some of the posters on here always assume those who misspell words to be foreign. The misconception that people who are not natural English speakers spell poorly when using English doesn't make much sense to me. When a person learns a second language, they actually spell extremely well, since they learn/are taught the words at a much later stage in life than their natural language, so they are taught to spell correctly. The only instances of bad grammar seem to arise from word placement and sentence structure, but that's just from the difference between languages. It is my natural assumption when I see somebody misspell something in the comment section that they are a) typing quickly without proofreading or looking at the screen, b) just don't care enough to go back to correct mistakes, or c) a poorly educated American that has been failed by our lackadaisical education system.