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Why Don't Highly Paid Writers Know How To Spell?
Posted 29 October 2003 - 03:54 PM
Posted 29 October 2003 - 04:31 PM
Unless I'm writing for a Brit.
In which case, I'll spell anything however they want me to. I'll remove the Z key from my keyboard if they want...
It's fun to ignore your schoolings! And still more fun to annoy the spellchecker.
Posted 29 October 2003 - 04:49 PM
Actually, my wife would be my pick for a proofreader. She knows grammar better than any English teacher I ever had, and she has the added advantage of always knowing whenever I'm wrong about anything. She also works cheap.
Thanks to everyone for all the insights and clarifications.
Posted 29 October 2003 - 06:29 PM
Oops! that was supposed to appear after Ian & Bill's posts, but I seem to have got things a little bit wrong and now the post makes no sense at all - which, I suppose, is about right for my posts!)
Posted 29 October 2003 - 08:50 PM
Try working for a Brit sometime when your given name is "Randy" DL7. Brian can explain that one to you.
Unless I'm writing for a Brit.
Thankfully, I have several (something over 30 though I haven't counted lately) Brit friends and they all lurve me in spite of my name. Especially those of the female persuasion for some odd reason...
Posted 29 October 2003 - 10:14 PM
I think you may have that incorrect. If your name is Randy maybe they love you because you live up to your name
Especially those of the female persuasion for some odd reason...
Posted 29 October 2003 - 10:23 PM
Any self respecting English speaker knows it is pronounced "zed" not "zee".
Posted 29 October 2003 - 11:53 PM
This is a great word. But if I ever dared to use it in my writing or in speech (and how is it pronounced???) no one would ever understand me.
I have yet to see it anywhere in a published work (perhaps that shows my limited reading range...)
I do love big words, but when I use them, my husband looks at me, and says, "Why not find a simpler word than that one? Something ordinary people like me can understand?" That's when he's in a good mood; otherwise I'm called a "showoff" or "nerd."
I can't help it that my sister and I tried to memorize the dictionary when we were younger (there wasn't much to do on the farm in the hills I grew up on in the winter).
On errors: I just saw a web site that started the headline with:
"What ever you do, remember to..." That one got me going, personally, and I contacted them about it.
Posted 30 October 2003 - 05:29 AM
You can't live there a year and not pick that one up. I get it, no fear.
>calling on anyone to perform those functions for me
Oh, I perform all those functions at once at my current job. Proofreading is done by people I tackle on their way to lunch, and it's kind of futile because they're mostly Russian or Polish programmers whose grasp of English spelling is hazy at best.
So, I pretty much do my own proofreading. I'm not bad at it, fortunately.
Posted 30 October 2003 - 07:53 AM
It's enough to make your head ache.
Posted 30 October 2003 - 08:00 AM
What Does "Randy" Mean?
Posted 30 October 2003 - 08:42 AM
Frankly, I'm amazed my brit friends can call me by my given name without breaking out in laughter. I doubt Brian can.
Trust me, it was a hoot back in the old days when I was involved with helping AOL UK get off the ground and get their staff trained. All of those brand new Guides-to-be and the first person they meet, who is going to be training them, has a name that borders on being TOSsable.
If your name is Randy maybe they love you because you live up to your name
Bob: Could be... I plead the 5th.
Posted 30 October 2003 - 09:01 AM
Posted 30 October 2003 - 10:49 AM
But as I understand it, it doesn't just mean sexually aroused at the moment or point in time, but rather refers to someone with a sexual preoccupation. For instance Prince Andrew or the Royal family was know as "randy Andy" for his association with ladies of easy virtue. Of course that was before he was married. We know a royal prince would curtail his "randy" life style immediately upon marriage. We only have to look at the example set by Prince Charles to verify this
ROFL Karon. Think Austin Powers when he asks "Are you feeling randy, baby?"
Posted 30 October 2003 - 10:53 AM
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