Knite in shining armour

I have had it. I’m putting up a fite. I couldn’t sit by any longer and not bite.* This blite can go no further. I can’t stand the site** of the word “nite.” I mite* have been prepared to let it slide if it were restricted to text messages and sms… but no. Now it’s serious. If I see one more sign advertising “one nite” DVD rental, one nite rates, et al, I will tear down the signs and do bad things to them (again doing bad things to inanimate objects is a hollow threat – particularly if it’s a drum – instead I’m going to carry a red marker around and correct the grammar on said signs (or sines?). Do it rite or don’t do it at all I say…No longer will I stay silent on the bastardisation of the English language.

I just don’t understand. How is night that much more complex to wright(sic) (haha…). It’s two letters people. TWO LETTERS***. I mean sure, if you’re texting and have a sore thumb abbreviate by all means. But to change the constitution of a word in your advertising is ludicrous. It borders on negligence. I heard a funny story the other day from Mr Scooter (who needs to update his blog – I’m sick of reading the same post on my daily perusal…) about a teacher who incorrectly corrected some spelling – I won’t bore you with the details. Needless (that word looks a lot like needles – an s can change everything) to say it was horrific and terrifying – what sort of people do we let into the classroom these days. I read an interesting article about teachers and the slipping academic standards the other day – it turns out that lots of people are becoming teachers who shouldn’t (and some are becoming teachers who should – and that evens up the balance somewhat – but what about the children not in that good teacher’s class).

Please feel free to share your educational horror stories…

*actually correct – a bight being something quite different altogether.

** again – technically correct provided I can’t stand the location of the word nite – wherever it occurs.

*** I just broke an unwritten law for my blog and capitalised two entire words – it was for emphasis only – I received an email from someone the other day completely in capitals which is apparently quite rude… more rude would have been to send an email completely in wingdings… I guess there are other implications for an email that looks something like this !#@#$%

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the campus pastor at Creek Road South Bank, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus.

16 thoughts on “Knite in shining armour”

  1. capitals are akin to yelling, as I understand it.

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  2. what about the children not in that good teachers class

    Why would children be in a class full of teachers anyway?

    (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)

  3. nicely picked up. I was just seeing who was paying attention… does that fly? Maybe the ‘ was lost in the email to blog transition.

  4. A substitute teacher I had in grade 6 changed the spelling of one of my words from the right spelling to the wrong spelling. So I went and complained. She looked up the dictionary. And I was right. Yay. (In case you were curious, which I know you weren’t, it was the word “rapt”. Even though she knew the context I was using it in, she still thought it should be spelt “wrapped”.)

    I hate Australians using American spelling too. Like color, mom, anything with “ize” (instead of “ise”, like “realize” vs “realise”). Or people saying “zee” not “zed”. We’re in Australia, people! AUSTRALIA! SPEAK AUSTRALIAN!! (Yes, that’s intended to be yelling.)If we were to get started on pronunciations, we’d be here all day.

    Ooooh, and it annoys me when people mix up “too/to/two”, “there/their/they’re”, “your/you’re”, “where/wear/ware/we’re” etc.

    Bad grammar and spelling is basically one of my pet peeves. Being an internet junkie, I have to get used to it. (10 points for whoever finds the grammatical error in that sentence.)

  5. Thanks once again for raising the important issues on your blog!

    But whilst we’re here … since when has “low in fat” been spelled “lite”?

    Also, as your first Anon poster said, you should up with the Web 2.0 generation and start using an RSS reader to save yourself time reading news/blogs/comic strips. (Read here for more about RSS)

  6. I have a confession. The use of SMS has screwed up some of my spelling abilities. Example – Tomorrow. Sometimes I forget how to spell it without using the easier form of 2moro. Pathetic I know!

    I had a grade 5 teacher who was the most stupid teacher I have ever met. He couldn’t spell or do maths. All he could talk about was football. So, being the smarty pants I was (and probably still am), I used to make him think he was going crazy by hiding things from him. It kept me entertained for hours. Bad news is that he is still wrecking the education of many children at the same school. (just ask my sister)

  7. I hate txt language. I never use it. Except the word Thru. But only that one. Short sentences are cool.

    So are we getting a post on the Steve Irwin debacle? (it is quite sad and rather bizarre really)

  8. Well.. I have to admit to some ‘new’ teaching techniques since being required to teach grade 7 English classes – my use of ‘listen to how it sounds and work out if it’s right’ and reading the same sentence three times differently to figure it out for myself has really taught me one important thing about teaching – BUY THE ANSWER BOOK!
    (btw my husband is not to blame for not knowing that Thru is actually an alternative for through… in use far longer than mobile phones :-)
    PJF

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