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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

It's like spelling it Lead Zeppelin

One of the most common and completely, flabbergastingly annoying mistakes I see on at least a weekly basis is for people to use the incorrect spelling of "led" when they write something like "John Doe lead the team down the slope to certain death."

To all those people: "lead" is a noun, and it's a hunk of heavy metal.

The past-tense verb-form you are attempting to use (but actually just abusing) is spelled without an "a", you dolts.

This is why the world needs copy editors. Or just a decent education.

13 Comments

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you mean you see this misteak on a weakly basis?

3/29/2005 07:38:00 PM

 
Blogger ynnej said...

It's because people assume it's like *read*. Perhaps our language just needs to make some more god damn sense.

Also, hahaha I laughed far too loudly in a quiet public place. "Misteak." Brilliant.

3/30/2005 09:03:00 AM

 
Blogger waterlovinguy117 said...

LED stand for Light Emitting Diode you technophobe. It's also a nown.

3/30/2005 09:14:00 AM

 
Blogger monocle_man said...

Its not worth getting so worked up about, alright?

3/30/2005 05:36:00 PM

 
Blogger espd said...

Dr. Monocleman mocks me with his anti-apostrophe ways. Or should that be mox?

3/30/2005 06:13:00 PM

 
Blogger monocle_man said...

But...but...look deeper. There's another word in that post that shouls drive a stickler for traditional language bonkers.

3/30/2005 07:10:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't have to look all that deep, monocle_man.... "for people to use?"

But don't get me started.

Besides, it's hardly fair to beat up on Mark; he's a solid writer, which is why I still read his blog even though of late he's posted nothing interesting.

3/30/2005 07:23:00 PM

 
Blogger monocle_man said...

I'm not beating up on Mark. I meant that he should look more deeply into my first comment on this thread, not that we should all dig into Mark's original post.

I was "upset" that only half of my "witty" post had been acknowledged.

"Alright" is not an acceptable word to most traditionalists. There was a big dust-up on this blog a few months ago based on Mark being a stickler for traditionally correct usage of the English language. If you had seen that, you would realize where I was coming from with that comment.

3/30/2005 07:59:00 PM

 
Blogger espd said...

Monocleman is correct. Alright is still considered a "substandard" contraction of all right by many traditionalists.

I don't really have a problem with alright, mostly because it's just a contraction (which after several decades of pervasive use does gain some amount of legitamacy), whereas using lead where one meant led is just simply a misspelling. It's incorrect. A misteak, to wit.

Not to open a can of words here, but I once read a rather good argument for the legitamacy of the contraction ain't, long the thorn in the side of every English teacher in the land (except maybe the South land). The writer, one whom I respect incredibly, stated that ain't is a legitimate contraction of are not and is proper to use in instances where you want to turn "They aren't here yet" into "Thay ain't here yet, Maggie-Mae." Where it's used most incorrectly, he said, is to contract is not, as in "I ain't too bright."

So I suppose this thread ain't done yet.

PS> Yes, I said "can of words."

3/31/2005 10:41:00 AM

 
Blogger espd said...

I should also mention that I don't save the same constraint for allright, which I see alot.

PS> Yes, I said "alot." Do I have to start using sic on my own website just so I can point out my snarky sarcasm to people before they jump all over me for being a hypocrite?

3/31/2005 10:44:00 AM

 
Blogger espd said...

PPS> Nown. LOL.

3/31/2005 10:45:00 AM

 
Blogger ynnej said...

Where it's used most incorrectly, he said, is to contract is not, as in "I ain't too bright."

As in, "I isn't too bright"?

4/01/2005 07:23:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Crack is back and says...

SHUT UP and pass the ripple!

Love,
Mr. Crack

4/04/2005 03:53:00 PM

 

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