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January 11th, 2006


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10:28 pm - WTP(sp)
Actual, genuine Colin's Life updates will be coming to this journal soon (let's say tomorrow?), but in the meantime...

What's up with the use of (sp?) in semi-formal writing to denote possible misspellings? I was reminded of it by hippieprincess1's post in which she thought she might have misspelled "polyps" (she did, by the way). The thing is, I'm seeing it all over at work, which is really ridiculous. Sarah's livejournal is a very casual place where she documents her life for herself and her friends. That's a pretty specific audience. If you're reading her journal, you don't care about the odd misspelling.

On the other hand, I sometimes run into this sort of thing at work:
When the shipment arrived, I saw that two of the erlinmeir(sp) flasks were broken.
How often do you actually speak the phrase "Erlenmeyer flask?" Not very, I imagine. It's probably not reasonable to expect John Q. NotAChemistryMajor to even be familiar with that name, but damn it, if you know the word is probably spelled wrong, why not do thirty seconds of research to prevent yourself looking like a moron? Wasn't there a packing slip available to this person? An internet connection? A dictionary?

How 'bout this one, which is paraphrased from a letter I read yesterday or Monday:
They gave us a headlise(sp) treatment. It did not get rid of all the lise(sp) and we had to delouse(sp) the cat at the vetrinarian(sp).
I can't take for granted that the author was using Microsoft Word (which gives you all kinds of fancy visual hints that you're an idiot), but the letter was printed so there must have been some kind of spell-checker available, and this person ignored it. I see that a lot at work, too. Our e-mail program points out --individually -- every word it doesn't recognize when you send out a message. E-mail misspellings are fine when your message is "what ru doing for lunch?", but I'm seeing it more and more in stuff that's going out to the whole building, stuff that's going to external clients...

Am I the only one driven nuts by this?

Incidentally, I'm a reasonably good speler, and I can tell you that "delouse" is, indeed, correct.

Addendum: It occurs to me that the none-too-clever subject of this post might take people a minute to figure out. Did it? Let me know. I'm just curious.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 12th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Agreed about lj's spell checker, but I'm a good enough speller that I just don't worry about the occasional extra R in "gorilla" (a mistake I will never make again, thanks to a 6th-grade spelling bee). Spelling on livejournal is no big deal though. Generally my litmus test regarding careful spelling and grammar is "Would this letter be better received if it began with 'Dear Sir' or ''Sup, Mofo?'"

Incidentally, I keep telling people this and nobody listens: There's a program called Semagic (you can get it here) which is basically a livejournal posting client. I like it because it alerts you when your Friends page has been updated (something I appreciate at work) and it remembers the syntax of lj-specific HTML tags for you. It's also nice when, like me, you write long posts in two-sentence increments over a couple of hours while doing other things, as it keeps you from accidentally losing your work when a link opens in the wrong window. It also has a (very British) spell-checker.
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From:chromwolf
Date:January 15th, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
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"Dir Sir or Madam,

Sup, Mofo? I be writin' dis fo yo job op'nin' fuh dat bumpin' Network Admin an shih. I be up in theuh wit mah A+ an mah Network+ certs, beeeitch. Shit, y'all be trippin' if ya ain't be sendin' me da Ded Prez's, muthah fuggah. Damn. I's da shizzle on mah nizzle wit yo Mahcro-shit Server 2003. Word. So whall y'all be whillih an dillih wit dem othuh gangstuhz, y'all be trippih, word? I be waitih fuh yo call. Fa-shizzle my cell.

Tru.dat

Respectfully Yours,

Rob Randall"
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From:chromwolf
Date:January 15th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
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...That began with "Dir Sir"... I probably should have spell-checked that.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 15th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
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S'okay. I saw an error at work which was probably spell-checked, but didn't get caught: "Dear Sir or Madman"... Definitely spelled correctly, definitely not the right word for the situation. I thought it was freakin' hilarious.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 15th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's better than "OMG!!1! JOO N00BS BETTAR H1RE M3 OR I WILL OWNZ UR NETWROK!!!11!!!!one!1eleventyone!!!"
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 15th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Or how about, "Dear Sir: My name is Trevor, and I am writing in reference to the Database Administrator position you have open. I am a vampire and
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