Thursday, April 10, 2008

words, words, words

I don't know why I notice this one so much, but has anyone else noticed how often the blogging world mispells "definitely"? I really don't get on the computer looking for mispelled words, and I certainly mispell plenty on my own. This isn't, after all, a term paper we're all typing out. We're entitled to journal/blog without worrying about mistakes. I just find this one interesting. I've seen it typed "definately" so many times in so many places I thought maybe I'd missed out on an alternative spelling and went looking to see. Nope. The word doesn't exist. Just commonly mispelled. Now, my favorite is when once in a big while you'll see someone write "defiantly" for "definitely". I have had students do that before, which made me laugh because switching those out changes meaning. I definitely enjoy a big, juicy hamburger. vs. I defiantly enjoy a big, juicy hamburger. I love the different pictures that come to mind....like someone defiantly loving their mom (one of my favorites).
Another of my favorites is lose vs. loose. I remember my university newspaper having a sporting event add on the back of one edition which said something like, "Go SUU! Come see the [other team] loose!" I thought, "Woooweeee. I don't know if I want to see that." I couldn't believe that newpaper editors, even just the university ones, didn't catch this fourth of a page huge font mistake. Similarly, I'll see on the Biggest Loser website comments all over the place like, "I'm happy [contestant] was able to loose the weight." I personally think they'd be happier if they get rid of it completely, not just let it sag and flop around more. I guess that's better than if they defiantly loose weight.
I'm such a nerd.

8 comments:

rosebud said...

I definately agree! (:

Talbot Family said...

Wow, are you an English teacher or what? This is heavy, I hope you don't blog about comma's next or I am in big trouble. I defiantly agree.

aaron & allee said...

Glad to know that I am not the only one that finds this annoying. People rely on the spell check feature way too much. Guess what...it doesn't catch correctly spelled words used in the wrong context.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I defiantly hope to see you this summer! Have a great night! =)

aaron & allee said...

Oh, and on msn.com, I just saw that they caught the man accused of killing that "pergnant" Marine.

aaron & allee said...

I do hope your next post isn't about commas...

Maren said...

No blogging about commas. I swear. I defiantly will leave that to people who have a clue. Deaphanettelee.

Amber Lee said...

Oh, Maren, I love you! I didn't realize how much I missed you until I read your blog and I was lol-ing :-), because you sound exactly as I remember you, so cynical, smart, and hilarious. And yes, "definitely" bugs me, too. My big one, though, is canceled, because I spelled it "class cancelled" once when I was the secretary for the English department and Dave Lee gave me a bad time about it, and instead of being mad at myself I was mad at the dumb word that broke all the rules. And I still see it spelled that way everywhere, especially at airports. Ok, so just barely, in the middle of typing this, I looked it up, and the wikipedia site says every English-speaking country in the world except us gives it 2 Ls, and here it goes both ways. Take that, Dave! Wait, I think I just went on a tangent. A tiny one.

Wendy Peay said...

Yes Maren you are a nerd, but we still love you. It is very funny, because the first post I made I wrote definately, which I knew was wrong so I hurry and changed it. Now, I am so glad I did!!