Monday, November 19, 2007

Today's Post, Wherein I Behave Cruelly to Others

I spend time on a few fora and usually hold my virtual tongue when I see the English language blatantly abused. That does not mean, however, that I do not make snarky comments to myself. Today, I feel like sharing.

The following examples came from boards on sites for publishing writers. The portions in quotation marks came from actual posts. No writers were harmed in the creation of this post, though I may have sprained a muscle while rolling my eyes.

“using fowl language” I hate articles about chickens and geese, myself. They put me in a foul mood.

“Wether its them helping” or whether it’s a simple typographical error, the problem remains an apostrophe.

“Trust me these situations never turn out good.” Trust me; the word well would have improved this sentence even without the semicolon.

“The incipient whimps that represent [this site]” are less insipid and wimpy than someone who can’t be bothered to spell their own insult correctly.

“Cudos to anyone that knows” how to spell kudos. Bonus points for those that who where that word originated.

“I know that’s not alot but I don’t work produce every day.” I never work produce. They’ve stationed me in the meat department, where I produce a lot.

“If your healthy your not likely to even get the flu…” Beyond my objection to the sentiment expressed, the split infinitive and the pair of “your” errors make my head hurt. I think I’m coming down with something.

Thus, you see that writers make errors and that I am too snippy (snotty? snooty?) to respond on these boards.




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