6/10/2008

Farewell (for now), Hillary (not Hilary) Clinton

What happened to Hillary Clinton's campaign? Why did Barack Obama prevail? Given that Mr. Rewrite takes no stands on political issues, he doesn't care. But his occasional ranking of the Most Misspelled Names in the News seems to illustrate declining buzz for Clinton over the past few months.

Rankings during the spring showed Obama with a consistent but narrow edge as those paid to better botched his name as Barak and hers as Hilary, as indexed by Google News. A check today shows Obama solidly ahead. In fact, Clinton is in fourth place overall, trailing Warren Buffett (not Buffet) and Nicolas (not Nicholas) Sarkozy as well as her Democratic rival.

There's certainly no science behind the Most Misspelled list, but Mr. Rewrite theorizes that the volume of media misspellings is a reliable index of buzz.

Does Mr. Rewrite dare to dream about an Obama-Clinton ticket? How about teaming John McCain with a former Most Misspelled powerhouse such as Condoleezza (not Condoleeza) Rice or Rudy Giuliani (not Guiliani)? It could be a fun fall for media misspellings.

Here's the rest of the Most Misspelled list ...

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Tom in Texas didn't want Mr. Rewrite to miss this quote of the day from Bryan A. Garner (cue angelic chorus):
"One is sometimes tempted, out of sheer despair, to wish for a return to the freedom of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when every man spelled as he thought fit; but among all the literate peoples of the world the notion is now established ineradicably that there is such a thing as correct spelling, and therewith the consequent notion that it is a primary duty of the School to teach it." J.M. Wattie, The Grammarian and His Materials 12 (1930).
"Maybe we are a little too cranky," Tom wonders.

"Nah," Mr. Rewrite responds.

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