9/23/2008

Mr. Rewrite's production mirrors financial markets

Wow. Has it really been a month since Mr. Rewrite last posted? This teaching thing is working out to be an extinction-level event for the blog, much as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, etc., etc., have created an extinction-level event for Mr. Rewrite's 401k.

On a positive note, Mr. Rewrite has picked out a lovely spot beneath a bridge to pitch a tent if things continue apace. And he's more committed than ever to helping Rewrite Jr. become a left-handed relief pitcher, a doctor or -- preferably -- both. That will join aggressive lottery-ticket purchases as Mr. Rewrite's new-and-improved retirement plan.

On an even more positive note, the shock of starting a new semester seems to be wearing off, prompting Mr. Rewrite to look at the blog again. So this might be the start of a new burst of blogging excellence. If not, there's always TMZ.com.

Anyway, the financial meltdown has done one good thing for Mr. Rewrite. He's uncovered a spelling crisis infecting the media.

Looking for news about Fannie May, Fanny Mae or Fanny May? Google News is happy to barf up a several hundred examples of articles botching the spellings.

How about stories on Freddy Mac , Freddie Mack or Freddie Mack? You'll find several hundred of those as well.

The meltdown is bad enough. Seeing how many of those paid to know better deal with it doesn't give Mr. Rewrite much hope that the watchdogs are ready for the challenge. However, most of the mistakes appear to be in blogs and in the foreign press.

Since foreigners are going to float the $700B-plus needed for the bailout, Mr. Rewrite supposes that they can call our financial institutions anything they want.

Here's more market-related coverage carnage from Google News:
Well, that was cathartic.

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