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In the Interest of Almost Full Disclosure…


Hey Everyone,

In the interest of almost full disclosure, I have decided to share with you a bit of exactly how my life goes.

So, after I proofread my last post (about spelling and grammar) 3 times, I pushed publish and jumped in the car, to run a few errands before going to work. I had been away from the computer about 5 minutes when my sister calls me to ask me a question.

What follows is as close as I can get to the original conversation, from my memory.

Me: Hello?

C: Hey… blah blah blah… Did you mean to say RUN my bell?

Me: Um… Ring, Rang, Rung… Yeah, rung my bell.

C: NO! RUN my bell. R-U-N.  Not rung. Run.

(I am sure at this point, if you were sitting in the car with me, you might have seen big red flashing lights all around me!)

Me: OMG!!! Change it!!! CHANGE IT!!! Log in and CHANGE IT!

C: OK. Let me finish reading, then I will lo-

Me: NO! Now! What if someone else sees it and calls me on it! I would be so embarrassed!!!!!

C: OK. OK. Logging in.

So, what did I learn from this experience? I know that I should stop freaking about other peoples’ spelling errors. Though, truthfully, I have always known that. I think it is a compulsion with me. I also learned that I have the best little sister in the world. Lesser sisters would have left me hanging out to dry. I also learned that I might be better off to wait a few hours and read a post one last time before I hit publish, to lessen my chances of this happening again. I also learned that even though I have a protesting G key,  which often leaves me typing words like “typin” or “eatin” or “sleepin,” that is no excuse for my own spelling errors.

Now, all that being said, here is my new thought. We are all entitled to a spelling error now and then. But that craigs list post was wrong in so many ways. It had no less than 4 misspelled words, one missed apostrophe, one double word and one text friendly abbreviation, that I really feel has no business in an ad posted on the internet. But, aside from the spelling mistakes, there were NO capital letters or punctuation marks of any kind.

So, I did take one little step down from my soap box.


Grammar Police Moment


OK. I fully understand that, regionally, people pronounce things differently. That, of course, does not change my feeling that these other people are saying things wrong. But I think that is mostly my own need to be right. Which is, really, a whole other subject.

What I do not understand is how, regardless of how you pronounce a word, a person reaches adulthood without learning how to spell relatively common words. Or, how they learn to use a computer, and post ads or other things on the internet without learning how to use the spell check button.

The word that has rung my bell this time is EQUITMENT. Now, I do recognize that this could have been  just a simple typo. Maybe.  But I doubt it. Mostly, because the T and the P are reached with two different hands when typing. Never mind that in the Charleston SC Craigslist I have found 3 ads from, presumably, 3 different people (since they are listed as 3 different towns / neighborhoods) that have the word EQUITMENT in the title.

So, to make sure that I was not being 100% irrational, I searched the internet for the word EQUITMENT.

I searched with Google and Yahoo, who both asked if I, of course, meant EQUIPMENT. But showed me a couple of results to EQUITMENT. Both included a link to Urban Dictionary, which defines EQUITMENT as:

“Generally referring to computers,monitors,fax machines and other office items that are always breaking  down and are unreliable.”I also searched Lycos which just seemed to assume that I wanted to search EQUIPMENT.

So… since I was obviously intrigued (or irritated) by this headline, I clicked on the post, and here is the listing. The only changes I have made are to emphasize the words that jumped out at me.


yard equitment (summerville )

Date: 2010-09-09, 11:43PM EDT
wanted backback blower perferably a sthill or echo and commercial grade but manly just a good bloweing blower and hedge trimmer dont care what it is but let me know what u got and a price


With the exception of sthill, which is the misspelling of a brand name (Sthil- chainsaws, trimmers, etc.) the rest of these words should have, at least, been caught by the spell checker, if not a middle school education. I know that I am more picky about this than most people. I am also a little scared that there are more people who do not know how to spell every day!