Speaking of writing...

Robin and I decided yesterday, while driving aimlessly around the outskirts of Ann Arbor (we saw a goat on a picnic table!!!! Shut up - it did so deserve four exclamation points), that while not knowing how to spell or use correct grammar was all well and good in your personal life, it should end there.

You may misspell or use bad grammar in your own personal emails or grocery lists. I will even allow for spelling errors and typos in blogs. But once we are at the point where you are making a sign, writing in a newspaper, making an ad, writing up a menu, or any such public display, you really ought to be ashamed of yourself for making grievous mistakes.

Where are all the proofreaders these days? Why does no one know how to write anymore? Why do people pluralize things with apostrophe-Ss? How do they get away with it?

Maybe I should be a proofreader when I grow up, what with my ever-related degrees in French and Human-Computer Interaction.

srah - Wednesday, 9 July 2003 - 11:55 AM

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Comments (18)

gravatar richard - July 9, 2003 - 12:43 PM -

forget spelling, how about pronunciation.

Our president still can't talk about war without saying NU-CU-LAR a couple of times. I cringe each time I hear him say it. They tell me LBJ did the same thing. And one would think that on a radio ad for a jewelry store they could avoid saying JEW-LEH-RY. And don't even get me started on the non words like SUPPOSABLY and NUTHER. That's a whole nuther thing. (or is it spelled nother?)

gravatar jday - July 9, 2003 - 12:59 PM -

Ooh, you could be a smut editor! Wouldn't that be a great job- paid to sit around and read smut all day... I hope they (they being the ever-so-lovely imaginary employers that would pay you to read smut- and correct it, I guess) provide the bon bons, too.

gravatar richard - July 9, 2003 - 1:02 PM -

mmmmmmmm bon bons

gravatar katie - July 9, 2003 - 2:04 PM -

Um... supposably is too a word. But people use it interchangeably with supposedly, and they do NOT mean the same thing.

But I hear you with 'nuclear'. I mean, say the word 'clear'. The weatherman would not say, "We're expecting cu-ler skies tonight!" Nope. Clear. With 'nu' (not 'nuh', 'nooooo') in front of it.

gravatar katie - July 9, 2003 - 2:34 PM -

Oh by the way, little miss human-computer interaction... Explain to me why my computer has turned into a terminator.

gravatar kate - July 9, 2003 - 2:54 PM -

I saw this ad in minnesota:

Can do." Not "We'll see.

and it drove me crazy. So I emailed the company and they are getting it fixed.

gravatar richard - July 9, 2003 - 3:07 PM -

thanks katie,
I had to look up supposably
my spell check wants to put the little squiggles underneath it, but it is ostensibly a real word

gravatar Cheryl - July 9, 2003 - 4:48 PM -

Remember the giant father's day cookie? Also, things like the AA news write at a fourth grade level, so maybe by intentionally adding typos, the fourth graders can read it. No, I think they're just not stupid.

gravatar srah - July 9, 2003 - 6:01 PM -

Katie, the reason your computer is a terminator is because of a breakdown in human-computer interaction. Maybe your computer is feeling abandoned. You spend time with it... but do you really communicate? When was the last time you asked it how it was feeling... or wished it a good morning?

I don't get the Minnesota thing. Is that how it was punctuated?


gravatar katie - July 9, 2003 - 7:12 PM -

Ahem. Dear Richard:
You know words and you seem nice.
What is your website?

gravatar srah - July 9, 2003 - 7:18 PM -

Katie is jealous.
She thinks that she would have been
my favorite. Ha!

Beware Katie-wrath.
Don't give her your address or
She will hunt you down.

I say this for your
own protection. I don't want
to lose my fav'rite.

Haiku Richard is
adored by Queen Srah. Richard
is okay as well.

gravatar katie - July 9, 2003 - 8:07 PM -

Beware, O Queen Srah.
You underestimate me.
And your lil' dog too.

gravatar srah - July 9, 2003 - 10:52 PM -

Insufficient threat.
I am not very attached
to said canine beast.

gravatar srah - July 9, 2003 - 10:57 PM -

I like to use big
words. Four syllables in a
haiku impresses!

...uh, impresses me, that is.

gravatar katie - July 10, 2003 - 8:18 AM -

I hate to tell you..
My word had five syllables.
And your lil' BLOG too.

gravatar katie - July 10, 2003 - 8:21 AM -

To break for a moment... My mom got her master's degree in Japanese art, and has been a student of the japanese arts and culture for many, many years. One day I told her that I have fun writing haiku with my online friends.

She said, point blank, "You (meaning all of us here) don't write haiku. You write things with 5-7-5 syllables. But you don't write haiku. You can't write haiku."

This is not haiku.
Katie's mom has told her off.
Katie is humbled.

gravatar pseudo haiku richard - July 10, 2003 - 9:17 AM -

Don't know Japenese?
You can't write a true haiku.
But have fun trying.

gravatar srah - July 10, 2003 - 10:20 AM -

Does it have to be in Japanese to be a haiku? Or does it have to be about nature? What are the rules of haiku?

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