Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

October 16, 2010

How My Mom Spent the Summer of 2010

My mom's 83 and can't hear so good anymore, so she not only watches TV blasting loud, she also turns on the closed captioning.  So she kept a log of all of the really bad misspellings she saw all summer.  Now I know where I get the urge to correct people's spelling.  It must be genetic.  

My personal fave is "Ducksbury".  I can't help but wonder if this is some kind of software that types phonetically, or if the closed captioning person is a non-native to Massachusetts.  Because everyone knows, or should know, that it's Duxbury.


  1. OMG. Seriously?
    The iron is just... LOL!

  2. I think spelling and grammar in general is in decline in this country. I know sometimes I make a mistake when I'm in a hurry. If someone corrects me, I'm quite happy about it. I rarely correct anyone on anything anymore because they get really touchy.

    Like when I tried to tell someone it's you're not your. They get all irritated and say, 'yeah but you know what I meant.'

    I don't let it bug me any more because if I did, I'd never be able to read anything any more.

    Like Tjara, I can't believe the iron one either. Even if they were rushed, that's a real stupid one. lol

  3. TJara - Yeah, how stupid can you be to spell it 'eyeron'. Duh.

    MW - I try not to correct people on FB, even though their improper use of 'your' and 'their' bugs the crap out of me. Brian calls me "The Great Correctosaur". lol

    Steve - thanks for the invite but I don't believe in God and your blog is just too religious.

  4. Anonymous7:16 AM

    I remember years ago, someone was demonstrating a computer you could 'talk' to and it typed what it heard. What it COULDN'T do of course was put things into context and distinguish words that sounded alike but weren't. Strangely, the idea never seemed to take off in the workplace!!!

  5. I'm with your mother on this one. It (mis-spellings as opposed to typos which I litter the world with) are everywhere, even in the 'quality' newspapers.

    Ona different topic, couldn't your mother use headphones? Make following the words easier without needing to blast the neighbourhood with high volume stuff?

  6. I'm pretty sure it's software. My friend's mother is a bit deaf, so they have the subtitles (as we call them in the UK) on all the time. They often spot whoppers.

    But that's only an excuse on news and live programmes. I've seen glaring mistakes on programmes that were recorded and the subtitles added at the maker's leisure.

  7. You're mom sounds like a gem!

    I love the humor of it all.