The bases, they are covered.

Written By: admin - Sep• 07•12

First-time submitter (yay!) Belinda nabbed this screenshot the other day, noting that the WP tab had the correct spelling and Google… didn’t.

I’m curious about how this happened. Does anybody know if this kind of news round-up from Google is manually curated? I’m wondering if maybe the original WP publisher used “effects” and it got put in the metadata somewhere, and when it was imported by some Google-bot the headline remained unchanged even though the WP had corrected the error.

Not that it really matters! Either way, the end result is a fingernails-on-chalkboard dichotomy that Belinda was totally right to send our way. Thanks!

[Aside: in case any of my Esteemed Readers are confused about this one, it’s easy! Just remember, one of these is a noun and one’s a verb. And if you write “the effect,” you know it’s correct because “the” ends in “e” and “effect” starts in “e.” So you know that’s the noun. See? You’re welcome.]

Memes aren’t exceptions.

Written By: admin - Aug• 17•12

They aren’t. I don’t care if you’re using the meme generator over a picture of Mother Theresa (which: please don’t). You still have to write it correctly.

Reporter #1 agrees with me.

I remember it. But I refuse to acknowledge that memory based purely on the creator’s inability to use the proper form of “you’re” as well as the unnecessary capitalization of If and To. I guess I can roll with the phonetic “enough” since the whole thing is meant to be silly, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.

Okay, now I am going to rant about this particular meme, which isn’t yet quite driving me absolutely crazy but is rapidly heading there. The first one I saw was the one with a cassette tape and a ballpoint pen that said “‘Like’ if you’re old enough to understand the connection between these two things.” And y’all, I liked it. I did. It took me on a little trip down memory lane; for a second, I was sitting hunched over by my dad’s desk, cassette and pen in hand and lap full of weightless magnetic film that threatened to knot into unsolvable wads with every breath, desperately trying to figure out where the tape had become inverted. I am, in fact, old enough to remember the connection, and presumably people somewhat younger than I aren’t, and that’s what makes the meme work.

See? You remember this. It probably happened on your TV this very week. And if you don’t remember it from seeing it on TV, you remember it because it is a cultural trope. Did you just relive a life experience unique to people of your age group?  You did NOT. Q.E.D.


Written By: admin - Aug• 15•12

Y’all, RPB is contagious. It’s a fever. And the only prescription… is more cowbell.

Er, I mean, having your submission posted, so that you’re not the only one of your siblings who has yet to be anointed by the RPB.

This is why I am ignoring my personal rule of thumb and posting an email. Because I have to, y’all. You see, Heather is the only one of three sisters who has not yet been published here! We have to fiiiiix iiiiiit.

I wonder if Gigatent asks its prospective employees for resume’s?

Thanks for the submission, Heather, and welcome to the club. 🙂

Uh… Candygram.

A worldview with which I am unfamiliar

Written By: admin - Feb• 08•12

“Yes, we know how to spell ‘brake,’ world!  We cared enough to spell it correctly once! But we don’t care enough to make sure it’s spelled correctly the second time, and we have no problem hanging these signs right next to each other! Also, I am wearing plaid pants with a striped shirt!”

John P.’s friend apparently hoped this could mean a winter break special on brakes.  But John and I agree that that’s probably too charitable.

We are not alone.

Written By: admin - Nov• 21•11

Reporter #1 is vigilant.  And sometimes vigilance is lonely.  Ask Batman.  Once upon a time his world was Technicolor-ful, and he hung out with Robin, and he had all those women hitting on Man of Leisure Bruce Wayne.  And now he’s all dark and broody and I mean yes the Joker is creepy but you also have to admit that Batman is really serious.

Which is why it’s nice when we hear the occasional voice in the dark.

Reporter #1 apparently got all teary when she found this in her workplace.  I don’t judge her tears.  We all need to express ourselves more.  Except for people who can’t tell the difference between “effect” and “affect.”  They shouldn’t.


NB: Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!  More post-y goodness after the holiday weekend.  I mean, *I* will be at work as normal this week, but I assume most of my mysterious non-commenting readers won’t, so… see you Monday.  🙂

Actual red pen used!

Written By: admin - Oct• 19•11

Yet another Washington Post oops brought to you by Dave S.

Nice job wielding the red pen, yo.

O_o! Clearly I’m not getting any sleep tonight…

Written By: admin - Sep• 15•11

Until this very moment, when I tried to come up with a clever headline for this post, I never really contemplated the idiom I will now be contemplating all night.

I guess, if you’d pressed me, I would have supposed the idiom was written “What’s past is past.”  I always thought it was something like saying “What will be will be.”  Only, you know, past tense.

But as I went to write this post, I thought I’d better double-check that, because there’s nothing funnier (in the eye-stabbing way) than a grammar/spelling blogger messing up grammar or spelling, amirite?  And it occurred to me that it could really be “What’s passed is past” or “What’s past is passed.”  Although really just thinking about the distinctions between those two makes my head hurt more.

In case anybody’s curious, the GoogleBATTLE winner between those two is “passed is past,” at 21,600 to only 11,400 the other way.  On the other hand, “past is past” kicks either one to the curb at a shocking 2,000,000+ mentions.

So, yeah, anyway, the picture.


I don’t care how you spell the idiom, this right here is wrong.

Thanks to Nolan’s friend F.’s friend S.!

Chow Baby says “ciao” to spelling

Written By: admin - May• 30•11

Oh, Chow Baby.  Your Thai Peanut Pesto sauce makes me so happy.  Your spelling doesn’t.


Things bears definitely do in the woods

Written By: admin - May• 20•11

A gleeful email from Kacia:

Check out the second-to-last ice cream flavor on this menu: Bear Creak Caramel!  I mean really, who doesn’t want creaky bears in their ice cream?!  Delish!

We spent the rest of the meal making creaky-bear noises.  *RAWR!-ereek!*  I think the waitress thought we’d lost our minds.

Happy Friday, all!


Written By: admin - Apr• 25•11

Reporter #1 sent this one in, and y’all know how far it is from my nature to question Reporter #1’s judgment, but — well, take a look.

Reporter #1 thinks someone tried to fix this, but I’m not convinced that it isn’t just textspeak, whether deliberate to begin with or the result of someone’s noticing the poor spelling.  Readers?

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