Tuesday, November 23, 2004

It Doesn't Reek

Something is wrong with the new comments, so everyone will have to go back to the old blogger comments. Very sorry.

OK. Subject At Hand:

There is one other thing that bothers me greatly. Several bloggers have done this, and I hate pointing out typos, but it is 'wreak havoc', not 'reek havoc'. Wreak means to inflict, or cause. Reek means to smoke, steam, or fume, or to give off or become permeated with a strong unpleasant odor. I have never encountered a typo that has driven me so bonkers. Anyone who has done this can take consolation in the fact that I don't remember who you are. I just remember the typo.

I know, I know, I can't talk. I mix up your, you're, their, there, and they're (*cough* Tinyhands) on occasion when I'm really excited about something. But even though the typo is funny, it really does drive me crazy.

Anyone else have a typo that drives them nutso?


Angi said...

But I don't like the blogger comments (in my bestest whiney voice)

Seeing as how I make all those stupid typos... thanks for the clarification on the reek and wreak, I didn't know the difference!:)

tinyhands said...

Ur preechin to th kwier. Itz a moo point anywayz.

Kate the Peon said...

Moo point! Like a cow's opinion! It's mooooooooooo!

Greg said...

I hate pointing out typos, but it is 'CUNT', not 'TWAT'. Following are the definitions provided by http://dict.die.net

n 1: a man who is a stupid fool [syn: fathead, goof, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, zany]
2: obscene terms for female genitals [syn: cunt, puss, pussy, slit, snatch]

n 1: a woman who is thoroughly disliked; "she said her son thought Hilary was a cunt" [syn: bitch]
2: obscene terms for female genitals [syn: puss, pussy, slit, snatch, twat]

A classic example of this reads "... a religious twat's blog comment as left on one of Angi's posts about her financial woes, and her husband's salty complaints about them."

Calling the woman a 'twat' implied that she might not have been mean spirited, as well as introduced some gender confusion into the sentence.

Note how the use of the word 'CUNT' when applied here, not only makes the sentence gramatically correct, it also inspires more than just mild disdain towards the religious nut job.

Glad I could help!

Angi said...

ROTFL @ Greg.

Zelda said...

Angi - I'm not too thrilled about the blogger comments myself. And sorry if you were the one who made the error. It's just one of my Zeldaquirks.

Tiny - Gd bcuz i lik it wen peepl agree wit me.

Kate - badumPA!

Greg - See now, I was under the impression that 'cunt' was reserved for something really heinous like cockteasing or murder. Whereas 'twat' sounds enough like twit to be both accurate and sufficiently insulting. I do, however, see your poing.

Zelda said...

HA! I meant POINT! Just a typo, nothing sexual I assure you. Unless, of course, you want there to be. If that's the case, take it like you want it. :-P

(God I miss my emoticons)

Inanna said...

YAY! Comments! I tried to get back to the other ones yesterday... anywayz.. tipos, I was really afraid you were talking about me because I use "reek" in my new post and then I remembered it had to do with stinking. Happy Holidaze to you, Jeth and young 'ens!!

Trashman said...

have you figured out what is reeking havoc on your comments?

Trashman said...

Oh yeah. Hope you, Jetro and the family have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Zelda said...

Trash, I have no blinking idea. I think I'm going to have to turn off the fun ones. :-(

And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

jp said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jeth and the girls, Z. :o)

TROGERS said...

wish you and Jeth happy Thanksgiving

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

The ones that drive me crazy are mixing up the homonyms, to/too/two, and their/they're/there, et al.

I mean yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh, it's only one syllable right? You think people can manage a ONE-syllable word once in a while?

The above was spoken in the voice of Louis Black, with veins popping out at the forehead, and now I'm totally calm to show that it was just an act and I'm not really half as bothered by it as I seemed. :P

Angi said...

Happy Thanksgiving to Ya'll, have a great one.

Ren said...

I don't have typo pet peeves as much as general English peeves. Living in western PA and hearing people say "yins", "how's come" and "pop" irritates the bloody hell out of me.

Despites the pet peeves:

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

emily said...

Every single typo I see bugs me...
Mom's an english/french teacher and dad's a university professor. Grammar and manners were given equal time at the dinner table.

Many of the typos I see these days are by "English teachers" here in Korea. Korean adoption of english-isms is called Konglish, and it can be hysterical.

Check out http://www.engrish.com

We see these kinds of things every day, all over Asia.

Johnnie Walker said...

What really gets my goat is the use of apostrophes when there should be no apostrophe:

"click here to look at some cool pic's."

Speaking of cool, it is very uncool when people mispell "cool":

"click here to see some kewl pics."

Moreover, why do some people think it's "kewl" to use upper- and lower-case letters to make their text virtually unreadable?

"cLiCK hErE tO sEe sOmE cOOl pIcS."

It was disturbing to me, when I was an undergrad, to see quite a few foreigners who had better English grammar skills than people who were born in this country! Shame!

Jay said...

Apostrophe misuse definitely bugs me. Why does every sign painter in the world think that all words ending in "s" get an apostrophe? Then they assume that the apostrophe always goes ahead of the "s".

Lots of phrases are misspoken, but one of my peeves is:
"I could care less." No, no, no. If you could care less, that means that you do care. It's properly "I couldn't care less." That means that you don't care; it's impossible to care less than nothing.



On : 11/23/2004 9:24:32 PM Kate the Peon (www) said:

All of them! I blame it on my former-newspaper editor father and my former-english teacher mother. Can't stand to see mistakes like that!


On : 11/23/2004 9:51:43 PM Zelda (www) said:

Kate - You must be driven crazy on a daily basis




On : 12/2/2004 1:38:07 PM Dean (www) said:

I got an email from a somone who owed me a document but didn't have it handy. After explaining his troubles he wrote 'please bare with me.

hehehe. I'm pretty sure that's sexual harassment


On : 12/2/2004 1:38:17 PM Dean (www) said:

I got an email from a somone who owed me a document but didn't have it handy. After explaining his troubles he wrote 'please bare with me.

hehehe. I'm pretty sure that's sexual harassment


On : 12/5/2004 12:07:32 PM Zelda (www) said:

Oh yeah it is. Maybe when people start suing, others will start paying attention to their word use and grammar.

Yeah, homonym misuse definitely bugs me the worst. Like, "I'm watching my wasteline." Line what? Fucking ew.

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