Last week Kontax 2: The Big Win was published on a mobisite and on MXit, unfortunately with spelling and grammatical errors in the text. This was embarrassing for the author, proofreader and myself, especially as m4Lit is about mobiles for literacy! We’ve since fixed the issues and will implement more rigorous proofreading next time.
What is really interesting, however, is that the readers on MXit told us about the mistakes. Remember that this is generation txt, who apparently can’t spell or write properly. This may be true based on the txtspk they used to inform us of the mistakes (see below), but what is clearly evident is that when they read they know their spelling from their splng.
Here are the 28 reader complaints. Thank you, readers, we promise next time to “check da script b4 sndn it”.
Natalie: I lykd the first half of the story n cnt wait 4 the next part. Bt there r allot of spellin faults or missin letters or letters replaced with others……. Pls pls pls just fix them. Mwa ur gal NATALIAN.
Luthando: The pers0n hu was writtn tha st0ry skipz sum othr w0rdz n tht z c0nfusing
Tshoanelo: kontax 2 s vry intrstng,evn though der ar errors smwhr.i taught us mny thngs.cnt w8 4 chptr2.wsh u cld myk t lngr thn dan da 1st 1,it rocks
Thabo: Hey love the story.bt u shuld wach ur splng.bt all in all its a grt stry jst hve 2 mke it nt dat cmplt at sme point
Amanda: I noticed an error in spelling instead of they you guys wrote thet
Owethu: There are a few spelling errors and lack of spaces for other words.
Sphe: Despite d romance part bt eish der r wrng spelling here nd unfinishd words
Samukelisiwe: The story flows nicely bt the are little mistakes plz mind the spelling
Vuyo: Chapter 3 is gr8 but towards the end theres a spelling mistake instead of it being ‘they’ its ‘thet’
Penny: I think airtym should jst go 2 da cops and explain wat hd hppn and also take da quiz guys 2 court so that they would b able 2 knw if his gng 2 get hs money and make them even pay more. Wat if he doesn’t get da money wat is gng 2 do becoz k8 wil want her money back frm Airty…1 or 2 spelling mistakes and more characters r needed.
siphiwe: I have picked up a two spelling error’s
PJ: Lots of spelling errors
Everton: The story is good but here nd then there are spelling mistakes
Nthabi: besides da spelling errors I found it beta dan da last chapter
Mathapelo: In the very first two lines of the 2nd page u have a mistake. It says _and it had a been a ___ now i think there has been a gramatical error somewhere there. Secondly i think there are alot of punctuation errors. U hav very long sentences nd put fullstops in places of commas.
Lehlohonolo: Now this chapter makes the reader wonder even more. It’s very good but there’s 1 or 2 typing errors.
xabiso: they have gramatical error they said thet instead of they
Angel: Ur sentences hv 2much errors as i ws reading
Shani: Chapter3 makes u wanna read more.thy cnt xpect Airtime 2 pay 4 hs prize.bt thr wr sum typing errors,bt keep up d gd wrk.
Valentine: Dis chapter has sum errors bt other dan dat its a gud story
Cute prudie: Its nyc nd interestin bt da r a few speling mistakes.. Wtch owt 4 ova writin wordz. Bt nietha 2 dat. Its a story nd i hope da.s a buk nd a m0vie!
Thato: There are mistakes in this chapter, chapter 2.
Mpho: I absolutely love kontax..and chapter 7 is ma favourite..bt there is a mistake on the 1st line in chapter 7..bt adawise..keep up the gud work..
Katleho: obviously dis was a trap laid 4 artym.he wud b damnd 2 giv em dat amount of money. spelling mistakes bt daznt matter coz theme is der
Palesa: This story is good but it have lot of spelling mistakes so you have to edit it again.Anyway it is cool for real!
Kelly: Its a very nice stori bt thr a mistks and it needs 2b editd ryt
Tshepi: u hv 2 use hyphen wn it needed bt it was mmm bt.. in ada words u hv 2 improve ur words or b a writer an athour keep up da gud work,tshepi sharp
Lerato: Guys wt due respect check da script b4 sndn it