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muse and I were talking about spelling on LJ entries the other night. We've both gotten to the point where we use an outside program like MS Word to write our longer posts in so 1) we can finish the post before LJ decides to crap out and we lose 2 hours of writing and 2) we have a better spell checker than most of the posting clients.

I know miss ryl gets bugged by seeing certain words mispelled too. I'm no innocent here. I can't type my way out of a wet paper bag to save my life. I've been known to spell Wander wrong as well as and more commonly words like "and" and "the" because my brain is thinking faster than my fingers can type.

But it cracks me up to no end to read other people's journals and see certain words not spelled correctly.

Among these are:

Masturbation - I can't count how many different ways I've seen this one spelled. Obviously this points to the fact that sex educators are more concerned with kids knowing the meaning of the term than the spelling. And man it just screws up an erotic story for me when I'm laughing so hard that someone couldn't even spell that word.

Vagina - Seriously folks I've even seen women spell this word as "vajina" and that's just sad.

Clitoris - actually it's not so surprising that people can't spell this correctly since a lot of people can't even find it.

tongue - I'll admit this one is spelled strangely even when it is spelled correctly

moot - when people try to say it was a moot point and spell it mute instead


bated - as in bated breath and people type it as baited like baiting a fish hook.

ignorant - spelled as ignerant or ignorent or even ignerint. I'll let that one speak for itself.

I'm sure I'll think of others. Let me know if you see any blatant ones.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 22nd, 2002 02:25 pm (UTC)
My personal favorites OR Thus Spaketh The English Teacher
"and" for an. This will cause my mind to boggle as demonstrated below:
We rode on and Australian tanker.

"wright" or "right" for write. Learn how to write right, Wright.

The ones I hate the most are "womyn", "gurl", "grrrl", "grrrrrrrrrrrl" and its associated permutations. Feminism is all well and good, but when it starts messing with the language then we've got problems. For all these and more amusing misspellings, check out vaginapagina. I had to take that one off my friends list because the constant misspellings started to hurt my eyes. Kind of hard to offer constructive advice when my first impulse is to red-pen the post.

I think we all know my feelings on smileys in inappropriate places.
Oct. 22nd, 2002 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: My personal favorites OR Thus Spaketh The English Teacher
Yup..won't go there!


Oct. 22nd, 2002 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: My personal favorites OR Thus Spaketh The English Teacher
Just thought of another one: "then" for than, as in:
Sending More Women To The Moon Then NASA
My Translation: We will be sending more women to the moon, then we will send NASA to the moon!
The Author's Translation: Something about sex toys.

My translation's better.
Oct. 22nd, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC)
moot - when people try to say it was a moot point and spell it mute instead
Hm. Yes, it is one of those words people don't say correctly a lot of the time either. Bah.
Oct. 22nd, 2002 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's even funnier when they say it as mute instead of moot. Then you have a hard time concentrating on whatever else they are trying to say.


Oct. 22nd, 2002 03:09 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean.
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