8/28/2010

The week's tweets: This one stuck in Mr. Rewrite's craw


Mr. Rewrite was more excited than a person should be to learn that the AP Stylebook settles whether it's crayfish or crawfish.

For the record, AP calls for crawfish, saying it's "based on the dominant spelling in Louisiana, where it's a popular delicacy." This style point is an exception to the Webster's New World Dictionary.

Civilians are fine going with either, of course. If one is bound by AP style, as is the case with Mr. Rewrite, stick with crawfish.

Google News has quite a few articles by news organizations and wannabe news organizations using crayfish. One would think that many of them at least intend to follow AP style.

Mr. Rewrite figures language purists or crawfish/crayfish lovers may want to argue this point. But for the most part he's binary when it comes to AP style. Tell him what to use and Mr. Rewrite will go with it.

Now Mr. Rewrite's going to search Yelp for a good Creole restaurant.

It's time to sum up the week's tweets:

If nothing else comes from this week, government officials should be more careful about proofreading ...
  • New Jersey canned its education chief after a clerical error on its Race to the Top grant application cost the state $400 million. http://tinyurl.com/34n3ulz
  • Officials in a British community distributed 7,000 copies of a brochure promoting cycling only to find out that unchecked spellcheck had turned dozens of words into errors. For example, an e-mail address for British Airways wound up as enquiries.manic-depressive@brutalisation's.co.uk. http://tinyurl.com/2d4pfdu
  • Surrogates for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., filed paperwork misspelling the name of her political action committee Michelle PAC. Politico.com reported the error and subsequent correction. http://tinyurl.com/3xmocub
Red-faced staffers at the Independent Florida Alligator, serving the University of Florida, had to explain why an article said "ho" in reference to sorority recruits. Explanation: The author was trying to write "hopefuls" and the computer must have locked up. Uh huh. http://tinyurl.com/25grx7d

Actress Hilary Duff bragged to OK! Weekly that she planned every detail of her lavish wedding. The spread includes this photo of favors misspelling "compliments." http://bit.ly/bVeR6S

The New York Post reported that misspelling "cemetery" as "cemetary" contributed to a school worker's firing for faking her mom's death to miss work. Suspicious school officials found out she was bowling with her supposedly dead mother. http://bit.ly/b4r6Qe

When a hero facing warrants gave officials a fake first name after helping to save a life, he was arrested later when his proud grandma demanded that a newspaper correct it. The newspaper called authorities to check, and suspicious cops ran the correct name through their database. Busted. http://tinyurl.com/2epjzk4

Mr. Rewrite found only one bit of news about a misspelled sign, this from across the pond.
http://tinyurl.com/22thpp2

And that dusty grammar text in your attic turns out to be a book of love. Data mining by an online matchmaking site confirms bad grammar as a turnoff for those seeking partners. Now Mr. Rewrite understands how he successfully wooed the grammatically gifted and ever so lovely Mrs. Rewrite. http://tinyurl.com/29mkq6h





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