6/07/2008

Somebody alert the Board of Educaiton

Mr. Rewrite doubts that followers of this blog missed a story about misspelled diplomas at Westlake High School near Cleveland. But just in case, here's a link to The Plain Dealer's story, which The Associated Press picked up and shared nationally.

To the horror of the school's principal, the diplomas' fine print said "Board of Educaiton."

Mr. Rewrite is just happy that a student, parent or someone else would take the trouble to check the fine print. The school certainly didn't.

In other news of interest to Mr. Rewrite ...

Here's a Wall Street Journal legal blog explaining how typos and grammatical mistakes can be career limiting for new lawyers. The chairman of a major firm says he'll give his come-to-Jesus speech just once. A lawyer's job is "to move a mind forward through the ideas," the chairman says. A grammar or spelling error "derails the train of thought."

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A Baltimore Sun column alerts Mr. Rewrite to a blog called Stuff White People Like and this post saying one thing white people like is grammar. A highlight:
It is in their blood not only to use perfect grammar but also to spend significant portions of time pointing out the errors of others. When asking someone about their biggest annoyances in life, you might expect responses like “hunger,” “being poor,” or “getting shot.” If you ask a white person, the most common response will likely be “people who use ‘their’ when they mean ‘there.’ Maybe comma splices, I’m not sure but it’s definitely one of the two.”
For the record, Mr. Rewrite is a composite figure. He transcends race.

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Spellcheck remains the Great Satan. A Pennsylvania high school's yearbook has students named "Kathy Airbag" and other mistakes after spellcheck worked its magic unchecked, according to this AP article.

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This column by The Oklahoman takes on the grammatical issues raised by this quote from the first lady, who was commenting on her daughter's pending wedding: "Neither one of us are nervous." Mr. Rewrite usually gives speakers a break, but the grammar discussion is worthwhile.

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More than a few readers of The Columbus Dispatch complained when the newspaper topped a feature article with this headline: Denison gives pastry chef her just deserts. The idiom was used correctly, according to this column by an editor. But, since the newspaper's intention was a pun, Mr. Rewrite can't help but think the headline should have read desserts. So he's in the unusual position of criticizing correct usage. Sigh. Here's Mr. Rewrite's post on deserts/desserts.

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Mr. Rewrite sends his deepest sympathies to San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Those paid to know better frequently misspell her first name with one N. Then campaign signs made by a group supporting her re-election make the same mistake, according to this AP article.

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This AP story says an Ohio family faces losing its home because a government worker misspelled a name when recording a lien. The misspelling meant that a title search by the home's new owner failed to turn up the lien. Maybe this worker moonlights making diplomas.

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