Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brain Freeze

Winter just doesn’t want to leave Colorado. We’re used to wild weather swings here, and snow can occur just about any time of year. But this year, even the poor bluebirds are undoubtedly thinking they made a serious migration mistake.

This morning we face yet another messy commute from yet another winter storm. Never fear, though – our local news stations are keeping us informed with gems such as this:

Here is a complete list of closures and delays for Tuesday April 22. 2013.

- 2 Hours Late, No AM kindergarten or preschool

Maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t it be helpful to know which school is affected? The correct date would be nice, too, since it's actually the 23rd.

Punctuation and capitalization? Yeah. The writer probably missed those subjects in school because of too many snow days.

(Photo courtesy of AcrylicArtist via MorgueFile.com)

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Ungrammatical State of Society

My fellow word warriors, you don't need me to tell you that our society is sailing in dire straits when it comes to correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation in everyday usage. But if you do need convincing, here are some examples from the public at large. All were culled from social media, discussion boards, and the comments sections of various online news stories.

     it has come to my intension

     Something is a miss here.

     …good bey and good luck…

     …trying to steel lunch money…

     …in honer of this…

     …has no reguard for…
     If you wold like to percipient in…

     Insurance company's are always riping us off by not paying.

     …wish I could have scene you before you left.

     Probably another officer gone rouge again.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

That Doesn't Look Right...

We've all had those moments: You see a word that doesn't look right. Then you check the dictionary and discover the spelling is, in fact, correct. Your brain was just messing with you.

Today the word that didn't look right to me was "closure," as in weather closures related to a big storm we're having right now. I saw that word in a news headline and for some reason, it just looked strange. It was spelled correctly and used in the correct context, so I don't know what kind of prank my brain is pulling. Maybe it just wants some caffeine.

I'm not sure why this happens. With me, it's never the same word, and usually it's a very common word. It's not like I see "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and think, "Wow, that looks really odd." The occurrences are weeks or months apart with no discernible pattern, so I can't tie them to seasonal changes or wayward politics or the full moon.

All I know is that when I see correct words that don't look correct, I feel like my sanity is slipping. Pardon me while I go fetch a caffeinated beverage to shore it up.