Saturday, March 15, 2008

Why Johnny can't...

Am I the only one old enough to (vaguely) remember the Reader's Digest scare-stories like, "Why Johnny Can't Read (Add, Multiply, Get a Job, Keep a Job...)? I've recently done a brief and unsystematic (and disheartening, and disillusioning) survey of some of the various internet mating sites (there must be a nicer term, but I can't be bothered to think about it).

I can, however, say this about that:

If Johnny can't spell, Johnny ain't gonna get least not by me.

We'll save our discussion of the rule of English syntax for another post, shall we?

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At 1:38 PM , Blogger Julia said...

Sorry, wasn't in the country for the reader's digest things. Is it ok, though, that I laughed out loud at this?
Also? I think they are called dating sites. I hear match dot com one is very fundie, so maybe stay away from that?

At 6:33 PM , Blogger Elle said...

It's eHarmony that's the fundie site. Run away!

Back in the bad old days, before my love, I spent some time on those sites, and they were, to say the least, disheartening. I even specified in my profile that if those viewing didn't know the difference between "your" and "you're" they shouldn't bother responding.

It didn't stop them though.

At 10:05 PM , Blogger Terminal Degree said...

Oh, do I ever remember the Match days! One of these days I'll have to post my entire dating blog archives (which I deleted from the internet, but not from my laptop).

Ironically, if I'd seen my fiance's profile on a dating website, I wouldn't have responded. He didn't "fit" my criteria. Life is ironic that way. :)

But I hear you--if a guy doesn't know the difference between "its" and "it's"--I'm not interested.

At 7:24 AM , Blogger bg's Little Sis said...

We actually 2 different couples that met on perfect match, funny thing is they all teach at various levels of education and different subjects, but all had the same complaint on other sites - bad spelling and grammar.

One couple is getting married this August, the other still dating after 3 years now. Both women have children, neither of the men did.

I remember the Reader's Digest articles you speak was one of the few periodicals we always received growing up.

At 7:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't look another in the eyes, while staring at their profile.

Perspective alone has come to define my own marriage. A daily struggle for a better, less self-centered perspective--without the caveat that my spouse do the same, has tempered my own expectations and opened my heart to her and to God. Best of luck to you.

p.s. But I still correct her grammar. :)


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