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Friday, March 21st, 2008
10:32 pm
Moderation is off
Moderation is off -- you can snark freely now!

On a conference call today it took me a good five minutes to explain why I objected to the following sentence in a piece of software documentation:

"We will identify the client who is eligible for XX product and list them in a list for the sales representative to identify."
Thursday, March 20th, 2008
4:00 pm
Dot_VerbalAbuse is participating in the Content Strike
Hey guys! I've just set the community to moderated, so no comments will appear during the Content Strike.

I'll restore it to its previous status once the strike is over.

This community hasn't been very active recently, so I'm pretty sure this shouldn't inconvenience anyone. But please do come back on Saturday to post your snarks at the abuse of the English language!
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
9:48 pm
No, it isn't.
Dear posters to LJ and a Number of Internet Forums (or Fora, if we're being pedantic):

The hackneyed expression or situation you're tired of seeing is not "so cliche". It's not even "so cliché". The word you're groping for is "clichéd". Either spell it with a "d", or stop using the word. Thank you.

No love at all,


Current Mood: grumpy
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
3:39 pm
United We Spell
See the photo of a shirt sold at a college bookstore. Then decide whether to laugh or to weep.
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
8:21 pm
A few choice catches today:
- devoiced parents
- a squire house (as opposed to round)
- a culvert glance

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
6:40 pm
Overwrought prose
"A look of steely resolve shone vividly in his cold gray eyes and his lips curved upwards to form the beginnings of a small, but sinister smile."

Not abuse in itself, true. But then, that fanfic author likes big words so much that her/his characters end up eating "burgeoning spoonfuls" of scrambled eggs.

Current Mood: busy
Sunday, July 9th, 2006
7:28 am
Monday, May 8th, 2006
9:24 pm
Don't we need one of these?

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
1:04 pm
Assault on a kitchen implement
Background: I work at a well-known Dutch-owned furniture store (you know, the one with the Swedish flag out front), stacking shelves and cleaning up the mess after the place shuts. There is, naturally, paperwork involved in dealing with broken goods. You fill out the product number, its name, what it is, and what's wrong with it.

Last night, someone wrote up a kettle because it was "unraped".
Monday, April 17th, 2006
12:06 pm
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
6:58 pm
Hungry? Have some "food"!
Like most gas stations these day, the one I frequent advertises various food specials on the pump's LCD display while gas is being dispensed. Somehow I find myself very un-tempted by the offering of FRESH"FRUIT". Er, if it isn't fruit, what exactly is it?
Monday, March 27th, 2006
12:25 am
Sunday, March 26th, 2006
11:48 pm
Sometimes, I hate tech writers
I know, everybody has to make a living, but still... I'm translating a doc that is an update of a previous version. But the tech writer who did the update added errors and horrors, such as:

Old: a patient who was recently X-rayed
New: a patient who recently has X-ray exposure

At a guess:
- He/she is payed by the number of changes.
- He/she is not a native speaker.

Current Mood: annoyed
Friday, March 24th, 2006
3:44 pm
Kids these days...
I have been looking for somewhere to post this other than my own LJ.

I found this while looking for something else on the B&N website. Scroll down to the customer reviews. The first one. Obviously, the reviewer should spend more time studying for the remedial English final exam instead of the SAT.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
10:08 am
Take a deep breath
... then read this entry in tamibirdie's journal. It's about boyscouts, if you wonder, but in the end, the subject is of little importance.

Current Mood: in awe
Sunday, March 19th, 2006
7:39 pm
Scroll about halfway down the page of this fluffy "witchforum" thread to find a message from the moderator, LadyMeg the High Witch:

WARNINGS ISSUED Under No Circumstances must bad language be used, or picking on people because they may or may not be as articulated as yourself... Everyone Here must Respect those that they Speak too! Anyone who is does not will be issued with Warnings!!!!!!

I can't believe it -- are there actually people so cruel as to pick on the jointless?
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
12:05 pm
This one makes me giggle
I guess it's a bit childish of me to laugh at the typo in the title of the utility here. I guess it's better than calling it a Video Raper, though.

Current Mood: giggly
Monday, February 6th, 2006
12:49 pm
Does slaughtering well-known names count?
From a list of someone's favorite artists:

2. Phil Oaks: He was what other folk singers think they might someday be.
3. Louis Armstrong: There is only joy when Louis is in the room.
4. Benny Goodman: He remade music.
5. Pete Seegar: See Phil Oaks.

It's Ochs and Seeger, nitwit.

Current Mood: annoyed
Monday, January 30th, 2006
3:42 pm
Skeptical research results?
What is the economy coming to when Forbes magazine can't afford proofreaders? A recent interesting article about obesity includes the following phrase:

that is the incredulous finding from new research

(Thanks to cuglas for linking to it in her journal.)
Friday, January 27th, 2006
4:06 pm
I Have a Rich Fantasy Life
Overheard during lunch:

Person of Unfortunate Education (answering cell phone): "Hello? I'm at a Chinese BUFF fit. You know, all you can eat!"

{cue the fantasy}

ME (tapping PUE on the shoulder): "Excuse me? Just for the record, a BUFF fit is a whack on the head, like this. (demonstrates) This restaraunt is a Chinese Buff FAY."

PUE: "Thanks, man; I'll remember that."

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