Hard to Believe: Munchausen by internet (??) Faking illness online in order to get emotional support.
Apparently there are people who go on for years devoting every spare minute describing their woes to people who devote every spare minute supporting and consoling. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/26/faking-illness-online-munchausen Sheesh.
Added to the “Blogs I Like Page” is Word Trippers, Barbara McNichols’ weekly email about errors in word usage derived from their similarity of look or sound. Do you know the difference between accept and except, lay and lie, further and farther, convince and persuade, notorious and famous? How about the one that makes me want to scrape my fingernails on a blackboard—using less when fewer is correct?
Word Trippers has also been published as a book. Barbara is a writer an editor in Tucson. I don’t see a link to subscribe to her weekly email but I’ll bet a note to firstname.lastname@example.org , will get it done.
You only get to drop an F-bomb once. It is thermonuclear when first used. Thereafter it is mere mouth sewage.
Spell check has been a blessing and a curse. It has saved us from embarrassment of our most deeply rooted spelling errors. I was 50 years old before I knew accommodate had a second ‘m’. Spell check has made us lazy about checking our own spelling and about checking our spell checker which allows our typos if they can be found in a dictionary. My spell check doesn’t notice I’ve left an apostrophe out of “won’t” or if I want to send a fox, nor would it blink when asking a sailor for his spar change. What happens when your prostrate drops an “r”?
Before the Internet and word-process software, we learned a lot of words by ear and did not always get them right when we had to write them. My interest was piqued in this notion when I first read of someone’s interest being peaked (which I suppose is possible) and again when it was peeked (which is a stretch but also possible).
My recent favorite was spotted in a writer’s forum: the Google search engine logarithm.
Ain’t fooling with words fun?
BTW, Fooling With Words is the title of one of my most dog-eared books. Written by Bill Moyers and sub-titled, a Celebration of Poets and Their Craft. The book is a series of interviews with presenters at the Dodge Poetry Festival.