Thursday, May 04, 2006

...And She was His Query

Teresa over at Making Light has compiled a list of Dreadful Phrases. Here are a few choice examples of the "phonetic near misses" she has encountered:
I'm loathed to do it spurn him to greater effort he was the hunter, and she his query
Heh ... that last one sounds like it might have come from a geek-love novel about an Oracle administrator in an obsessive relationship. Go read the full list. It's impressive. And by "impressive" I mean ... sad. Although these errors are humorous, I am saddened that so many butchered phrases can be found in modern writing. And I don't know where to place the blame. Are today's writers lazy, relying more and more on built-in spell checkers instead of an actual proofreader? Or are they simply ignorant, at least direct comparison to the writers of an earlier age? Perhaps, it's a little bit of both.

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