21 Sep


I’ve just received this message in my spam box:

Of course I like your web-site, but you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very silly to tell you.

It’s like I’ve been stabbed in the heart with an exclamation mark.

If you are new here, you might not know that I am a nit-picker among nit-pickers when it comes to punctuation.  I have been known to wake up screaming in the middle of the night, because my subconscious suddenly realised I used a semi-colon instead of a colon in a post three days previously.

Spammers are mean

The really weird part, however, is how did she know?  This comment came from Helen Keller. 

32 Responses to “Gasp!”

  1. speccy September 21, 2011 at 10:16 #

    Proper funny! 😀


  2. Cindy September 21, 2011 at 10:24 #

    Hilarious 🙂


  3. sonsothunder September 21, 2011 at 12:59 #

    Well, Tilly, I’m so happy that you have only read a few of my ‘Poems” and were distracted by the many pictures I post on my recipe, or serious articles to notice.. I am punctually illiterate… But, I do learn from my mistakes, and a free editor is welcomed…


    • Tilly Bud September 21, 2011 at 13:38 #

      🙂 Don’t worry, Paul; I’m only hard on myself and publishers who don’t employ competent proofreaders.

      Don’t be frightened away 🙂


  4. Elaine September 21, 2011 at 14:26 #

    🙂 Very good!


  5. SchmidleysScribbling September 21, 2011 at 15:25 #

    Tilly, I read your posts faithfully, and cannot say I have EVER seen one single error. As I edited many newsletters, reports, briefs, etc. during my career, I think this person is mistaken. Dianne

    Also, I should inform you I recently asked my friend (who sent me a photo of her dog) what he had done as he wearing a white bandage on his front right leg. She wrote back that he was not wearing a bandage, that is his leg had white fur. Dianne


    • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:46 #

      lol! Brilliant 🙂

      Trust me, I make mistakes. Today’s fiasco is proof of that 🙂


  6. Pseu September 21, 2011 at 16:11 #

    Helen Keller RIP 1968, blind and deaf… that Helen Keller? Well, I know computers are amazing… but communication from beyond the grave? Weird


  7. nrhatch September 21, 2011 at 16:22 #


    I had a similar one recently ~ they suggested that the post would benefit from the addition of “a” photo . . . it already featured 7 photos.

    Silly Spam Rabbits!


    • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:47 #


      Never heard them called that before; I may have to adopt it.


  8. SidevieW September 21, 2011 at 16:25 #

    Helen uses her intuition and guide dog for this. He can’t type but the assistant snake can do so.


  9. Pseu September 21, 2011 at 16:29 #

    There was a very amoozing letter in the Oxford Times this week… all about the apostrophe and its use… entitled

    “That Damned Squiggle” written in response to an article by Tony Augards the previous week –

    and I quote:

    “…. can he think of a plausible sentence in which hell (meaning ‘he will’) might be confused with hell (the mythical place of torment)? Does he advocate wind’ (an old watch, for example) to distinguish this wind from the wind that blows? The former used to be spelt windan. Likewise, if hell (meaning ‘he will’) is too difficult, we should spell Reading Reading’, because it was once Readingum.
    ” ‘Reading doesnt excite teenagers’ without the apostrophe should be reserved for the literary activity.
    ” ‘ is an unnecessary 27th letter in standard English orthography, whose ‘correct’ use is based on the inconsistent whims of printers.
    ” Lets abolish it now.

    Nicholas Lawrence,

    (This made me very cross. Everyone knows it’s not
    – “whose ‘correct’ use is based…”

    it should read, … “the ‘correct’ use of which is based” )


    • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:49 #

      Pseu…what can I say?…thanks…

      Signed, Baffled of Stockport



  10. vivinfrance September 21, 2011 at 17:16 #

    “suddenly realised I HAD used a semi-colon instead of a colon in a post three days previously.”

    Couldn’t find anything else wrong…………..


    • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:49 #

      Nope, that’s not it. Though now it is.


  11. sonsothunder September 21, 2011 at 17:23 #

    I don’t understand all I know about what you just said,Pseu, but, as long as “you” do, I’m happy.

    My previous comment to Tilly, was because she was the Author of her own “critique” in this case, and, I was actually hoping for some free tutoring on my articles. Or, well, maybe it actually was Helen Keller, because now, where Tilly, once left a comment on my post, she only hit the “Like” button. ( Probably had so many inconsistencies in the entry she didn’t want to leave just a blank space) But, don’t worry Tilly, I ain’t going no where. “I’m well skeeled in Redneck-Ebonics, and I knows it…hehe,

    I’m just glad I thought of adding that “Braille” Like Button!!! Keep up the great work, and the laughs, Tilly, Thanks. ( Parenthetically, I love seeing the little pictures under the “Like” button. Especially the purty ones like yours).

    ( I wonder if I needed to use the parenthesis when the word parenthetically was a part of the parentheses)? “Scratches head”

    Bless You


    • Pseu September 21, 2011 at 22:29 #

      Paul, the letter from which I quoted is typical of the type of letter in the Oxford Times, when exchanges can go on for weeks, often about cycling and why they, the people in lycra won’t use the cycle paths. I thought one about the redundancy of the apostrophe rather fun and different. May be I should write in on the importance of writing haiku to crystallise the finer points in life and see if I can start an exchange with someone who feels that only the sonnet will do and surely the haiku in the English language is a bastardisation of the purest Japanese form?

      Or not?


      • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:54 #

        Paul, I wouldn’t presume to point out errors to other bloggers (today’s tweet to @gleeonsky for Sneak Peak notwithstanding), but I’m always happy to proof read for someone if they ask me.

        (Liked this, btw)



        • Pseu September 22, 2011 at 20:51 #

          (I have just reread that comment I made and though it was meant jokily, I’m now worried it sounds all wrong…hope it was taken as intended!)


          • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 22:19 #

            No, no, it was taken as a joke. Did my reply not sound like a joke? Now I’m worried 🙂


            • Pseu September 23, 2011 at 08:23 #

              No… let’s both stop worrying!
              Big grin.


  12. kateshrewsday September 21, 2011 at 22:29 #

    I am the polar opposite of you, Tilly. You could make a fortune on the Times as a sub-editor: me, not so much. Ignore Helen, I don’t believe her CV included blogging experience.


    • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:54 #

      Excellent point 🙂


  13. Abby Kelly September 21, 2011 at 22:46 #

    You know you’re crazy when you’re having spelling nightmares! I’m right there with you (;


    • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:55 #

      Glad it’s not just me!


  14. totsymae1011 September 21, 2011 at 23:10 #

    LOL! Love how you spin humor from your spammers. Hialrious!


  15. molly September 21, 2011 at 23:13 #

    Law of attraction – Tilly, where the mind focuses, so life and love follow, cheers catchul8r molly


  16. eof737 September 22, 2011 at 07:14 #

    Honestly Tilly, you shouldn’t give a rat’s arse about a spammer’s comment… and so what if a colon fell off the tree instead of a semi-colon? I still enjoy your writing and that is what matters… I come for the humor not for the punctuation…


    • Tilly Bud September 22, 2011 at 10:56 #

      Thanks, E; you’re sweet 🙂



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