Archive for the ‘Errors’ Category

Ruthie’s readings

July 5, 2014

Two recent One Big Happys:

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(#2)

Ruthie misunderstands a number of things here: in #1, the full cultural context of what she’s seeing on television, plus the interpretation of self-esteem issues (which she parses as selfish steam issues); and in #2, the interpretation of Oil of Olay (which she hears as Oil of Old Lady).

Ruthie roundup

June 24, 2014

Today’s One Big Happy provides a sort of compendium of Ruthie’s missteps in English:

I think my favorite is panel 3: not a flight of fancy, but a duck on a park bench.

Briefly noted: misreading a head

June 3, 2014

Occasionally I post some observation about language only to Facebook rather than to this blog (with a link from Facebook), when I think the observation is inconsequential. But it usually turns out that readers find more to say on the topic.

So on the 31st, I noted (in “Annals of headline reading”) that I read what I took to be:

(1) A Plan for Less Trash: Turn New Yorkers Into Composers

(a peculiar idea, but the pull of the familiar word composer overrode the oddness of the thought) for the actual headline:

(2) A Plan for Less Trash: Turn New Yorkers Into Composters

(which makes a great deal more sense).

This encouraged readers to play with the morphological resources of English. (more…)

After Cinco de Mayo

May 7, 2014

The 5th was (surprise!) Cinco de Mayo and also National Cartoonists Day, as I reported yesterday. So yesterday was the day after. Cartoonist Lalo Alvarez considers that day:

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One too many Dos XXs!

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OBH roundup

March 28, 2014

It started with this One Big Happy cartoon, clipped from a newspaper and sent to me by Benita Bendon Campbell:

(#1)

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Another three for the weekend

March 22, 2014

Three more cartoons, on varied topics: a Zippy, a Zits, and a Pearls Before Swine:

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Signage error (or not)

March 9, 2014

For Daylight Saving(s) Time, this photo has been making the rounds on Facebook:

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The Errington (Volunteer) Fire Department is real; the question is whether this sign was an inadvertent error or whether the image has been doctored. I don’t know which.

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This week’s great typo

March 6, 2014

On ADS-L yesterday, Joel Berson relayed this story on upskirting (secretly photographing under a person’s clothing; the person is almost always a woman) from the Boston Globe:

Which the highest state court in Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court — the oldest continuously functioning appellate court in America — has just ruled is not illegal.  The activity as well as the word should go viral.

The decision is that “a state law intended to prohibit ‘Peeping Tom’ voyeurism of completely or partially undressed people did not apply to people who take pictures of people who are fully clothed.”

(Yes, upskirting is a Prt + PRP compound; and there’s now a base and finite verb upskirt as well (of course).)

Berson commented:

It’s not clear to me whether the prosecutors blundered in choosing to bring charges under the “Peeing Tom” law when there might have been some other grounds.

To which Victor Steinbok wondered:

Peeing Tom? Did this happen on pubic transportation?

Indeed.

Guessing at meaning

February 23, 2014

Passed on by Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, this entry from Failblog:

The writer has guessed at the meaning of suffrage, taking it to be related to the verb suffer.

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Four cartoons

January 21, 2014

A sudden avalanche of linuistically interesting cartoons, on a variety of topics.

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