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The Great Typo Hunt

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the grammar-nazis dept.

Education 416

jamie writes "Incensed by a 'no tresspassing' sign, Jeff Deck launched a cross-country trip to right grammatical wrongs. He enlisted a friend, Benjamin D. Herson, and together they erased errant quotation marks, rectified misspellings and cut unnecessary possessive apostrophes. The Great Typo Hunt is the story of their crusade." We have already covered the duo's fight with The National Park Service.

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He would be right at home on slashdot (4, Insightful)

pgmrdlm (1642279) | more than 4 years ago | (#33217912)

Another grammar Nazi

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (5, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 4 years ago | (#33217984)

Let me correct that for you.

Another grammar Nazi.

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218042)

Idiots. Since when are grammar and mechanics errors necessarily the same as typographical errors?

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218080)

Tuesday last

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218524)

I bow to your superior grammar Nazism.

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (3, Funny)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218646)

I bow to your superior grammar Nazism.

Well, superiority is one of the things Nazis always go on about....

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218052)

Fucking top-poster

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (3, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218102)

Perhaps they could ask The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks [unnecessaryquotes.com] for some locations to fix. ;) My favorites are this [unnecessaryquotes.com] and this [unnecessaryquotes.com] .

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218266)

Don't worry. We have an ironclad defense. Well, as long as they don't show up in Belgium, IL.

Re:He would be right at home on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218606)

Technically they are grammar guerillas.

less / fewer (2, Interesting)

flynt (248848) | more than 4 years ago | (#33217960)

I hope they went to every store with an "express lane for less than 10 items". Shudder.

Re:less / fewer (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218122)

Or my favorite: "We now serving expresso!"

Re:less / fewer (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218128)

Does it annoy anyone else here when some bastard sneaks in to the less than 10 items queue with actually 10 items?

Just me, then?

Re:less / fewer (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218202)

I've always seen them signed as "10 items or less" (or 15, or 12, or a few other relatively small numbers).

Re:less / fewer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218426)

Does it annoy anyone else here when some bastard sneaks in to the less than 10 items queue with actually 10 items?

Just me, then?

The point of those lines is to keep things moving, not to enforce arbitrary limits. The clerks are trained to usher in people with 11 (or 20) items rather than turn customers away while the regular checkouts pile up.

Re:less / fewer (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218744)

Does it annoy you when people go through with a dozen eggs?

Re:less / fewer (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218840)

If they are all in the same basket, not at all.

Even worse is when... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218838)

...some jackoff with less than ten items gets into the NORMAL LANE!!!!

Re:less / fewer (2)

AllergicToMilk (653529) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218522)

And, most people fail to realize that this is a problem because the word should be "fewer" not "less". Double shudder.

Re:less / fewer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218576)

Ahh, thank Jehovah someone clarified this. Who says /. isn't educational?

Re:less / fewer (0)

digitig (1056110) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218712)

Because it used to be the case that it should be "fewer", not "less", and some people don't realise that language changes and are trying to keep it as it was 50 years ago.

Re:less / fewer (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218640)

Someone else [youtube.com] is already working on it

Typo or ... (3, Insightful)

jaymz666 (34050) | more than 4 years ago | (#33217964)

NPR really needs to learn the difference between a typo (i.e. a slip of the finger) and bad spelling and grammar.

Re:Typo or ... (1)

jaymz666 (34050) | more than 4 years ago | (#33217988)

Oh, and they only found 437 "typos"? Did they not look very hard?

Re:Typo or ... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218098)

If they had looked at international places, surely they would have found 850 "typos."

(If you don't get it, google for 437 850)

Re:Typo or ... (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218014)

The Great Typo and Bad Spelling and Grammar Hunt just doesn't roll off the tongue as well.

Re:Typo or ... (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218774)

It's the name of the book, [amazon.com] and how the author refers to his findings. NPR has nothing to do with it.

Re:Typo or ... (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218808)

NPR really needs to learn the difference between a typo (i.e. a slip of the finger) and bad spelling and grammar.

As long as they correctly note that the one is a subset of the other, rather than (as some mistakenly believe) disjoint sets, I agree. Typos result in spelling or grammar errors, but not all spelling and grammar errors are typos.

Slashdot (1)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218006)

Their heads would explode reading Slashdot.

Re:Slashdot (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218166)

Their heads would explode reading Slashdot.

You loose. Slashdot has it's own set of rules. Besides, you should of said "asplode".

Re:Slashdot (1, Funny)

hierofalcon (1233282) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218408)

You should have used the word lose instead of loose.

Re:Slashdot (3, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218450)

Can you use the word "whoosh" in a sentence?

Re:Slashdot (4, Funny)

ElKry (1544795) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218776)

"Whoosh", wrote the slashdotter with a smile on his face, feeling superior to the parent poster but slightly uneasy, for he was haunted by the possibility of nourishing a troll instead of educating the masses.

Re:Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218796)

OMG! You are right! He also misplaced an apostrophe! Whatever shall we do?!!??

Re:Slashdot (1)

DJRumpy (1345787) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218414)

Although I typically despise spelling Nazis, why couldn't they start here?

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/04/16/the-most-ridiculous-tea-party-protest-signs/ [veteranstoday.com]

Think of the Tea Baggers...

Re:Slashdot (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218618)

The Moran sign predates the Tea Party.

Re:Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218672)

Look at the bright side. At least he as a group he can call his own. He'll fit right in...

Re:Slashdot (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218666)

I could care less about Slashdot's rules.

Kind of douchey. (5, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218036)

Excessive abuse of grammar is frustrating and it can be enjoyable on occasion to correct it, but something about these guys just make me view them as douches. I'm not surprised that it was featured on NPR, of all places.

Of all the things to obsess over and waste your time "contributing" to in this world, correcting government signs is going to be it? Really?!

Re:Kind of douchey. (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218398)

Of all the things to obsess over and waste your time "contributing" to in this world
 
They didn't waste time; the book is for sale on Kindle for $9.99. They're like the guy who did SuperSize Me in that the activity was research for the real product.

Re:Kind of douchey. (2, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218500)

I didn't really count that as part of the benefit, since I have a general distaste for "random guy starts up popular blogspot page and turns it into a book!" stuff. Imagine how much that must piss off a real author with something they're having a hard time publishing? Damn.

Re:Kind of douchey. (2, Insightful)

magarity (164372) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218748)

Imagine how much that must piss off a real author with something they're having a hard time publishing
 
What's the difference between a real author whose book isn't published and a random guy whose book is published?
 
One of them is a real author.

Re:Kind of douchey. (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218622)

Meh. I saw the lead grammar Nazi of the pair on one of the national morning news programs sometime on the past week.

It's not like NPR has a monopoly on things-that-are-somewhat-interesting-but-pretty-stupid. They're actually late to the party on this one.

Re:Kind of douchey. (5, Informative)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218688)

Kind of? More like supremely...

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2008/08/22/20080822grammarcops0822.html [azcentral.com]

On March 28, while at Desert View Watchtower on the South Rim, they used a white-out product and a permanent marker to deface a sign painted more than 60 years ago by artist Mary Colter. The sign, a National Historic Landmark, was considered unique and irreplaceable, according to Sandy Raynor, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix.

Two from around Richmond (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218046)

A local Long John Silver's had "Dungeonous" crabs for sale, and a local McDonald's has a cream "dispener". I've given up on trying to remember them all. Hand-written signs and those plastic letter signs are usually great places to find outrageous (and sometimes hilarious) errors.

Re:Two from around Richmond (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218472)

A local Long John Silver's had "Dungeonous" crabs for sale.

To be fair, it was probably "krab"

Re:Two from around Richmond (1)

Balthisar (649688) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218738)

>>Tiller's Rule: Never use a word in written form that you've only heard and never read. You will end up looking foolish.

I have the opposite problem: there are hundreds of words that I've read and known that I can't be sure that I properly pronounce.

Re:Two from around Richmond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218824)

You think that's bad. The McDonalds in my area has
la servilleta written on the napkin dispensers and the place to put the trash is spelled basura. I don't think the employees can understand me either. Here is my order process. I say I'll take a number 1, they mumble something and then I say "Yes". That gets me menu option 1 and supersized. Once I got the regular size and a small apple pie so they must switch up that second question on occasion to fool people.

jamie writes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218064)

jamie writes...

No, jaime plagiarizes. That's the first damn sentences of the linked article, for chrissake!

Re:jamie writes... (1)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218200)

You do realize every story currently on the front page is just a quote-box with text taken directly from the article in question?

Re:jamie writes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218854)

When it's taken directly from the article, it should be clearly attributed as such. If it says, "jaimee writes", then it's attributed to jaimee, and is plagiarism. Repeated plagiarism is still plagiarism.

Besides, it's not true that all articles are directly stolen text - sometimes it's the submitter's description of what the article says, instead.

should pay for that pro spell check and not use th (2, Funny)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218066)

should of payed for that pro spell check and not use the free build in one.

Re:should pay for that pro spell check and not use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218306)

should of payed for that pro spell check and not use the free build in one.

Maybe you should have too... I think "built in" would be the term you were looking for.

Re:should pay for that pro spell check and not use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218396)

Here that whooshing sound? its four yew.

Re:should pay for that pro spell check and not use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218518)

WHOOSH!!!

Re:should pay for that pro spell check and not use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218458)

Ditto.

Kudos to them (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218112)

It's nice to see someone put their Asperger Syndrome to use for a noble purpose.

Re:Kudos to them (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218742)

Maybe they could try something productive then. Like brewing beer, or making a new form of paper.

Sigh... (4, Insightful)

The Spoonman (634311) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218126)

Language is about communication, it's not about the RULES of grammar. Yes, we have arbitrarily decided rules as to what gets an apostrophe and how things are spelled and so on...failing to follow this rule or that at any given time doesn't often hinder the communication. If someone says to me "pimipin' ain't easy", I get what they said. I don' t need them make sure they put the "g" on the end or use "isn't" instead of "ain't". Thanks to my abhorently abusive Catholic school education, I still cringe when I see someone's written "Thank's for shopping at our store's!", but I don't feel the need to correct them. That would just be douchey. You know...like these two guys.

Re:Sigh... (0, Redundant)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218190)

Even douchier is to complain about someone complaining about bad grammar/spelling.

Re:Sigh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218272)

I guess that makes you king douche then? Until someone comes along and complains about your post I guess (which you'll note I explicitly am not).

Re:Sigh... (4, Funny)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218346)

but it's totally ok to complain about someone who complains about someone who complains about bad grammar.

Re:Sigh... (3, Funny)

flerchin (179012) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218220)

What is pimiping?

Re:Sigh... (1)

FozE_Bear (1093167) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218286)

I must disagree. The problem is that correct usage of the English language is rarely misunderstood. consider the missing comma here: "Mary had freckles on her but we liked her anyway." Without the comma, one could infer that Mary's ass was speckled. Also, the "Pimpin'" remark you speak of was completely correct in grammar and use of abbreviation.

Re:Sigh... (1)

putch (469506) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218690)

That inference could be made with or without the comma. If Mary has freckles on her face then they are probably on her buttocks too. But, I'm not sure what her donkey's coat has to do with anything.

Kinda agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218344)

I just wish that people who don't know how to use apostrophes just wouldn't bother with them. Instead they go around putting apostrophes on every word that ends with "s".

It's actually pretty rare that a word needs an apostrophe in it unless it's a conjunction. But nonetheless it seems like any time a word is pluralized or made a possessive, they stick one in there.

This is not a big deal on silly stuff only one person will see and even they will only see it once like for emails and forum posts on the interwebs, but Christ people, if it's going to be on huge signs everywhere around your workplace for the next 10 to 20 years, use the fucking rules! Look them up if you have to!

At the cost of efficiency (1)

Timothy Chu (2263) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218684)

Communication will work, but at the cost of lowered efficiency. Typos and the lack of clarity in a sentence will force most careful readers to backtrack and reread to ensure it wasn't an error on the reader's part. To me, it's a little like driving with a dirty windshield. Sure, it's doable, but its nonetheless distracting.
On the net, I can accept that the rules of grammar are as variable as the backgrounds of the people writing and reading it. In print, or on permanent signage, I'm not so forgiving.

Re:Communication (5, Insightful)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218794)

Like it or not, I can attest to the fact that I often mentally judge someone by their speech if I am talking to them, or by their spelling and punctuation if I am reading their writing. I am sure I am hardly alone. If they lack the ability to compose a coherent sentence, or the decency to use a spell checker, and have no concept of grammatical formations, then I am inclined to judge them as uneducated, ignorant or ill-informed, and I tend to disregard whatever it was that they were trying to communicate. Now, I grant you that sometimes one might type "Pimpin' ain't easy" for the effect - but the intention is to imply someone who is a lower-class, uneducated and possibly not very bright individual. If you regularly communicate in a similar style, you will look equally lower-class, uneducated and possibly not very bright. In other words, its a matter of communication. If you communicate poorly, you tend to be ignored, and in my opinion whatever you have to say matters less.

If I am reading forum posts and I come across a post that is utterly incoherent, misspelled, or contains a lot of grammatical errors, I skip it. That person has failed to get whatever point they were trying to make across to me at least, and likely others. If you want to be given attention, and your opinions to be given any consideration, learn to communicate using proper grammar, spelling etc. Failure to do so simply makes you look like an idiot.

Now, unleash the Grammar Nazis to let me know where I have erred in my post. I tried to be correct throughout, but I am sure I have made at least one mistake :)

Life imitates art (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218130)

When I was in college in the mid-1990s, I had a clipped-out newspaper cartoon on my bulletin board, showing a group of people correcting signs, muttering things like "I before E!" and "It's Brussels Sprouts, not Brussel Sprouts!". I can't remember what comic strip it was, but the panel was captioned, "Roving Gangs of Rogue Proofreaders."

Re:Life imitates art (2, Informative)

JTsyo (1338447) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218300)

Probably Farside.

Re:Life imitates art (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218428)

Why do they say "I before E, except after C"? Their weird.

Re:Life imitates art (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218648)

You're missing the second half.

"Except after 'C' or in the sound 'A' as in 'neighbor' or 'weigh'.

the english language is better off with out gramma (0)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218152)

the English language is better off with out all the grammar stuff.

I thing some of it is going a little to far.

Re:the english language is better off with out gra (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218384)

It wouldn't be a language if it didn't have a grammar.

Tiresome discussion of rigid formal rules is fairly unnecessary.

Re:the english language is better off with out gra (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218624)

There's no such thing as rigid formal rules with any language that's in common use. Words fall in and out of use all the time - maybe the thing to which they refer becomes obsolete, maybe some other word finds favour instead - and accepted grammar changes all the time.

"Fuck", for instance, has not always been considered rude, and quite a few UK towns used to have roads called "Grope Cunt Lane". On a rather less coarse note, Bryson notes in "Mother Tongue" that the English language has changed quite a bit since the early days of the US - there's some evidence to suggest that the early immigrants spoke somewhat like Yosemite Sam. And when was the last time you hailed a hansom?

Re:the english language is better off with out gra (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218490)

yew mite even say a bridge two far

Wow, how much was this advertisement? (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218162)

Is NPR accepting ads now? At first I thought this was idle news, until I read "In 2 1/2 months, Herson and Deck traveled the perimeter of the country..."

Perimeter of the US in 2 1/2 months? That takes some $$$$$ to do that and 2 1/2 month without a day job... and here's how they did it, by writing a book, The Great Typo Hunt [amazon.com]

A book about traveling the country and correcting signs. Must be an amazing read, what's their next book, the Amazing Highway Trash Cleanup?

Think I'll just wait for the movie like the Twilight series, hope they sparkle in the sunlight too

Jackboots A' Clicking (1)

FrankDrebin (238464) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218236)

This is one dude where I ANAL has nothing to do with lawyers.

youryou'retheirtherethey're (2, Insightful)

precariousgray (1663153) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218278)

Note: it's not a typo if the error was borne of ignorance.

Sounds more like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218296)

Pretentious douchebag hits the road in an attempt to be a pretentious douchebag.

Signs dont use punctuation for a reason (0)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218320)

Ever notice how signs dont use punctuation
They use ALL CAPS instead of exclamation points unless there is !DANGER! then they over use them
Adding a comma can detract from the jarring nature of a sign


/// No Step ///

Grammar Nazi (1)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218328)

Godwin's Law invoked!

Re:Grammar Nazi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218686)

No it's not. Just mentioning Nazis, Hitler, etc., does not invoke the law.

Re:Grammar Nazi (1)

Kredal (566494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218746)

You know who else liked invoking laws?

That's right.

repeat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218394)

This is a repeat story from about 2 years or so ago.
The only reason for this repeat, is an attempt to garner attention for their book.

What? (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218400)

Whee shud trie too maike et ezy four othars too reed wat wee right. Ewe mite trie too bee moor tolarrient off spealing erors!

Grammer Nazis (1)

sponga (739683) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218416)

"Grammer Nazis.... I hate these guys"

Re:Grammer Nazis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218562)

You'll probably hate the punctuation Nazis too.

You ain't seen nothing... (2, Funny)

sydneyfong (410107) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218418)

http://imgur.com/4R1D4 [imgur.com]

Welcome to China.

A more accurate translation would be "dry fried duck", but I suppose there's a more elegant translation.

---

http://blog-imgs-38.fc2.com/o/t/t/ottovon/_20gb601.jpg [fc2.com]
Welcome to Hong Kong -- this one actually made it to local news headlines for its hilarity.

[ Bold/top line is original text, middle line is google's translations (which sucks), and bottom is what it really means ]

How to reach them (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218440)

How do we reach these guys? A place called "Tobys Banquet's" has been bugging me for years.

I don't even consider myself a stickler for grammar.

New York or... (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218460)

anywhere with a big non-English speaking population will turn up a lot of these errors. The thing that always baffled me was that in the case of such signage as awnings and shop signs, how does the sign make it all the way to being attached to the shop without someone involved noticing the error? I have stopped paying attention to these errors for the most part because there are just so many of them. Occasionally I'll come across one that is really funny but most of the time it is just annoying and a bit said.

Re:New York or... (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218758)

annoying and a bit said.

No, they are signs, and therefore not usually verbally expressed. ;)

Not working (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33218468)

Shcool fail [telegraph.co.uk] .

Don't let him near the consitution (1)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218478)

He'd be there all day replacing the letter F with S's.

Mao would love this guy. George Orwell too.

Isn't this a simpler issue? (5, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218564)

If you own a sign, it's yours. You get to alter it, deface it, replace it, do whatever you want with it.

If you don't own a sign, and don't have permission of the owner or some specific sign-maintaining authority, then altering it is an act of vandalism. Your intent is irrelevant. It's not your sign. Don't like it? Too bad. Offer the sign owner some money to replace the sign with one that is to your liking, and maybe they'll take you up on it.

There's a really old-looking hand-carved sign at Yellowstone that talks about the dangers of getting too close to critters. IIRC it's near Old Faithful, but it's been about 10 years since I've been there, so my memory might be bad. The wood is well-weathered, the carving is pretty good, and it's obviously a matter of some effort on the part of the park service to preserve it. Unfortunately, it has a single spelling error (reversal of two letters in a word), and there are various correction marks that have been scratched and scrawled into it over the years that really ruin the look of the sign.

If it's not yours and you haven't been put in charge of maintaining it, keep your markers and tools off it. Please.

How come (1)

destroygbiv (896968) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218612)

How come when someone can't speak English, I tolerate it. But when I butcher a foreign word, we spend a good minute teaching me how to pronounce it correctly. Isn't my mispronunciation just my accent? How come I'm not allowed to have an accent? Perhaps it's because I'm a racist (tongue in cheek plzzz) Oops Pow Surprise

Grammar Prescriptivism is Pre-Modern (1)

ATrask (1876362) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218668)

Trying to make a language uniform is tantamount to removing diversity for the sake of consistency. I'm not saying that grammar is not important, but rather what they are doing assumes that they're helping. I don't think that they've proved that what they're doing has intrinsic value. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_prescription#Problems [wikipedia.org]

Website gone?? (2, Informative)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218728)

I'm looking for the cited 'TEAL' website, and everything I click on leads me to their book. I don't give a crap about the book, I just want to see photos of their work.

Is it.. (1)

NetNed (955141) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218800)

Is it just like the internet where if you have one spelling error in your posting, no matter how poignant, it has no meaning because the grammar police rip you a new one?

"Yield to trian? Look they spelled train wron......... KAPOW!!!!!"


Hopefully someone will correct my spelling of "kapow" to the more accepted Batman & Robin English Oxford Dictionary spelling.

Thank you (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218828)

Tpyos are a pet peeve of mine.

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