What Big ‘I’s You’ve Got, Grammar

28 Sep

Before I begin this post about daft spelling and grammatical errors, I’d better ‘fess up right away that I am not innocent: reblogging Al’s post a week last Sunday, I took a poke at the spelling of his name – Cvillean instead of civilian – and I spelled it Cvllean, thus proving the rule that she who pokes fun at another’s grammar or spelling will get a slap in the face from her own slup-ip.

I was inspired to write this post by Janie Jones, who told us of her university cafeteria, where they serve Bisquits and gravy.

I was affronted on two fronts: the incorrect spelling, and the realisation that Janie lives in frontier country.  The sooner I send her airfare to come over here and visit me, the better: she can have chips and gravy, like cvllised people.

Not five minutes after reading her post, I was overjoyed to learn that one of my favourite writers, Jackie Kay, will be singing copies of  ‘Reality, Reality’  at the Didsbury Arts Festival.

Then I picked this up from Facebook:


I scheduled this post yesterday for today – although I wrote it a week ago and forgot about it, fortunately – because I may not get to visit you today.  Virgin want to work on something or other which means I may be without broadband all day.  Which means no internet.  Which means you may wake up on Saturday to a Tilly a little bit off, having gone cold turkey Friday.  Or not.  Same old same old.

Talking of off, sorry about yesterday’s post.  I didn’t mean to gross you out.  But you had your revenge in the comments.  You made me feel sick.

Same old same old.

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53 Responses to “What Big ‘I’s You’ve Got, Grammar”

  1. jmgoyder September 28, 2012 at 09:32 #

    I’ve missed a few of your posts and other people’s. This was a great one to get me back ontop of things. You are so funny, Tilly!
    ps. am glad I am no longer teaching grammar at the uni!

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    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 29, 2012 at 11:37 #

      You missed a few of my posts…

      Somebody pull this knife from my heart at once!

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      • jmgoyder September 29, 2012 at 11:39 #

        There is no need to get melodramatic!

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        • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 29, 2012 at 11:41 #

          When have you ever known me to be restrained in my reactions?

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          • jmgoyder September 29, 2012 at 11:53 #

            That’s why I adore you!

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            • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 29, 2012 at 11:54 #

              😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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              • jmgoyder September 29, 2012 at 12:02 #

                Don’t you think that is a bit of an overreaction?

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                • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 29, 2012 at 12:03 #

                  😦

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                  • jmgoyder September 29, 2012 at 12:05 #

                    Oh no! I was kidding!

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                  • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 29, 2012 at 12:07 #

                    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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  2. Philo Yan September 28, 2012 at 09:40 #

    I made a blooper-twice by misspelling a friends name. Candace was typed as Candance. She subtly replied, ” I can’t dance.” And instead of taking the hint, I promptly replied, “You can learn to dance, Candance.”

    Another friend came to her rescue and typed, “Philo, her name is Candace!”
    Needless to say, my face was blushing and I quickly apologized to her for the utter blunder.

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  3. Elaine - I used to be indecisive September 28, 2012 at 10:02 #

    I’m quite keen on correct grammar, and am sometimes so cross with myself when I write a comment, press Post Comment, and then notice that I have made a mistake. Grrrrrr!

    Hope you don’t suffer too much after a cold turkey, no internet, day.

    PS. Apologies for any mistakes in this comment, which I will no doubt notice the minute I send it!

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  4. laurieanichols September 28, 2012 at 11:16 #

    I wonder how many live at the baby’s brothel. I feel that I do fairly well with spelling, I can’t say with absolute certainty the same with grammar. I have forgotten with age and probably on purpose much of grammar school (ha) so it all flows out of my head through instinct. There are probably many oops in this comment. Oops.

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  5. Janie Jones September 28, 2012 at 11:57 #

    LOL! Love it. I didn’t realize you were such a fan of the misspellings; I could regale you all day. And thanks for the trackback!

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  6. SchmidleysScribbling September 28, 2012 at 13:47 #

    Hey, I have my own problems, thank you very much. I left a comment last week explaining Al’s blog name is for Charlottesville VA and an abbreviation. Plus he doesn’t live there anymore. However, my granddaughter does. Dianne

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  7. vivinfrance September 28, 2012 at 14:09 #

    I didn’t know Jackie Kay could sing! On the subject of off of, don’t you just hate off of instead of off or from? It is the inadvertent rather than the ignorant that I enjoy (and frequently commit)!

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  8. adinparadise September 28, 2012 at 14:15 #

    Hilarious post, Tilly. 🙂

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  9. katharinetrauger September 28, 2012 at 14:30 #

    Actually, I decided a while back that is it just a wp glitch. I mean, I type the stuff right, but when I click “post” it changes! I mean it! 😉

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  10. mairedubhtx September 28, 2012 at 14:30 #

    Here in Texas, biscuits and gravy are one of my granddaughters’ favorite breakfast at school–if she gets there in time to get breakfast which does not happen too often. She was able to get them at Middle School when the bus got there early but now that she has to walk to the district high schiool and take another bus to her magnet school, she rarely gets there in time for breakfast, which makes her very cross. So when we go out, she always is thrilled to get biscuits and gravy. It’s the white cream gravy with pepper, not brown gravy. Personally, I hate it and would much prefer the biscuits with a bit of jam or just butter. But that’s just me. That’s my biscuit story for today. Thank you for your attention.

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  11. largerthanlifeblog September 28, 2012 at 14:58 #

    Hilarious post! Enjoyed!!!

    🙂

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  12. gigihawaii September 28, 2012 at 15:37 #

    What a cute post! Love that pope joke, too, by the way! Enjoy your weekend, Tilly!

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  13. Al September 28, 2012 at 15:42 #

    I posted this somewhere before Tilly, but can’t remember where. Anyway, it’s confusing and bears explanation. the cvillean comes from when we lived in Charlottesville, Virginia (also the home of Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia). The city’s nickname for the locals was always Cville. Therefore, people living there are “cvilleans.” Pretty dull story, eh?

    Anyway, if you were to describe yourself that way, would you be a Manchesteran, or a Manchesterite? And by the way, in this age of political correctness, why has the city not changed its name to Personchester?

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  14. Three Well Beings September 28, 2012 at 16:25 #

    I work in a university and I’m responsible for writing and publishing reports read all over campus! And now with reading so many blogs originating in the UK I find myself periodically inserting a word or spelling not traditionally American English and I need to more frequently break out the dictionary! Oh the influence of other bloggers! Debra

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  15. viveka September 28, 2012 at 18:57 #

    Thought this post was all about me – and my grammar – my Swenglish. Glad there is more than me out there and on FB too. About yesterday all forgotten and I always have Marabue to fall back on if I’m turned of food for a couple of hours. Have a great weekend.

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  16. Pseu September 28, 2012 at 21:36 #

    Owed to a Spell Chequer

    I halve a spelling chequer
    It came with my pea sea
    It plane lee marques four my revue
    Miss steaks aye ken knot sea

    Eye ran this poem threw it
    Your sure reel glad two no
    It’s vary polished in it’s weigh
    My chequer tolled me sew

    A chequer is a bless sing
    It freeze yew lodes of thyme
    It helps me awl stiles two reed
    And aides mi when aye rime

    To rite with care is quite a feet
    Of witch won should be proud
    And wee mussed dew the best wee can
    Sew flaws are knot aloud

    And now bee cause my spelling
    is checked with such grate flare
    Their are know faults with in my cite
    Of nun eye am a wear

    Each frays come posed up on my screen
    Eye trussed to be a joule
    The chequer poured o’er every word
    To cheque sum spelling rule

    That’s why aye brake in two averse
    My righting wants too pleas
    Sow now ewe sea wye aye dew prays
    Such soft wear for pea seas

    (borrowed this from ‘tinternet)

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  17. Hudson Howl September 29, 2012 at 14:01 #

    As an imperfect individual, I maintain the right to spell incorrectly and to use improper grammar -that’s my story and am sticking with it.

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  18. lanceleuven October 6, 2012 at 11:07 #

    I can so relate to that. I have a bit of a reputation at work for picking up on people’s grammar. So I always have to be extra careful in my emails before it comes back to haunt me. The problem is compounded by my tendency to hammer the keyboard in a rush and then just hit send.

    Did you hear about the Olympic torch bearer who had a tattoo with the words “Oylmpic Torchbearer”? Oh dear…

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  19. lanceleuven October 6, 2012 at 11:08 #

    Oh, and great blog title by the way!

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