Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu

New words from the midget and musing on poor grammar in communities.

New words today from Laurel: ribbit (from a terry-cloth frog) and sharpen (after a week of reminders to say that instead of throwing dull colored pencils).

I'm starting to laugh at posts to militaryspouses that I'm pretty sure weren't meant to be funny. Every time I see someone referring to their significant other/spouse as "hun", "hunna" or "hunny", I have a mental image of the World War I poster that says "Beat back the Hun with Liberty Bonds".

I think it's my literal reading of English that makes it so funny, though. When I was in school, it was considered nothing short of a cardinal sin to not capitalize or punctuate correctly. (I'll never forget that "a lot" is two words after Mrs. MacEldowney held one of my eighth-grade honors program classmates by the hand and made him step back and forth repeatedly, saying "a" on one step and "lot" on the return.)

So I chuckle when posts to the community have obvious typos like "costed" (the poster mailed her spouse a care package and she couldn't believe it "costed" $30), "spouces", or they don't capitalize anything except "God" (to include the pronoun 'I'). I know I shouldn't, but when it has been pointed out that it's annoying when someone posts entirely in lowercase with multiple comma splices and what my father would call "ghetto grammar" it's either ignored or taken as an insult.

I understand now part of what amused phoena so much in reading posts on LJ and elsewhere. While I've been cocooning myself in the intricacies of moving sites I have administrative privileges for toward being as accessible as possible, I've missed the memo that it's acceptable to simultaneously brag about being a college student and write at a fourth grade level.

That is all.
Tags: 028_reading, 817_humor, laurel

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