Monday, October 22, 2012

Dear America

To whom it may concern:

Far be it for me to get all pretentious on you or anything.  We all know that my spelling and gramar is rated somewhere between 5th grade and that not so bright Chinese kid who has English as his 3rd language.

It is important to note though that this is America, here we spell it C-O-L-O-R and not (the popularized) C-O-L-O-U-R.

If I wanted to be like Europe I would move to Europe.


  1. I'm sure you meant *grammar, right? ;)

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    1. Not really...

      And I am guilty of spelling it as colour, or armour, or humour sometimes. Because I read a lot of books. Lots of books by English writers.

      It isn't being pretentious, really. It's just that our language has so many doggone ways to spell words, and it's easy to trip up. As much as I harp on you to spell correctly, secretly I long for ye olde days when you could spell a word any way you like, as long as the sounds of the letters worked out.

      I mean, if you can't spell a word more than one way, then you lack both originality and imagination.

      Dictionaries ruined it all. And English teachers.

    2. oh, now you're bragging that you read books. Well let me tell you Keln, books are just TV shows for people who have too much time on their hands.

    3. If we are at the point in society where saying you read books is considered "bragging", then we as a species are in a heap of trouble.

      You can actually get more story out of a book in less time than with a TV show. A TV show is like a chapter or two of a book. You have to watch several episodes, over as much as 3 or 4 months time to get the story. And you have to watch commercials. commercials, more content, less time.

      Try this on for size: the only time I watch TV all year is during football season. And now I can watch most games on my computer. So I have a big 52" plasma that I very rarely ever watch. I can watch news shows on the internet too, as well as the debates and such.

      Leaves more time for book reading.

      And less commercials.

    4. Hear hear, Keln. Although, for me, my love of reading yielded a frustration with misspelled words. I don't mind the English alternative spellings, but for other words, I prefer the standard. I like scrabble. I love words.

      No tv at all here. Movies, yes. But no tv.

      Actually, my love of words is how I found NP. Lactose is a master of words and one of my heroes. I followed him here. :)

    5. I can stomp Lactose in a game of words. Just sayin'...

      And if you like alternative spellings of English, try Chaucer. Fun times!

    6. I'd like to referee that game! I have yet to see his equal. I mean that.

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    8. What are you trying to get me into? You trounce me at word games constantly. I think you just enjoy seeing me get a well deserved beating on occasion.

    9. The fact that there is a missing comment there makes me wonder what in the world Lactose ORIGINALLY said to me about this idea to have a challenge of words. I know Lactose. He's phenomenal. He's just a little too humble. You should work really work on that, buddy. He'll beat you, Keln. I guarantee it. :)

  3. I know Chaucer. Alternative spelling is putting it mildly.