Wikipedia Corrects My Spelling

I pride myself on my spelling ability. So much that I can get indignant when confronted with the accusation that my lifelong memory of a word is actually incorrect. But who can argue when the Wikipedic wisdom of crowds defines the right spelling for me...


Luckily for me, perhaps I'm merely contributing to the evolution of the English language...

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16 thoughts on “Wikipedia Corrects My Spelling

  1. Allanahk

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

  2. murcha

    I can never spell accommodation and still dont know whether that was right until I use a spell checker but I love your comic. How did you create that?

  3. Graham

    Post author

    @Allanahk. It’s a bucket hat!! It’s supposed to be very TRENDY! Got it from my Dad who said it was too big for his head – hmmm, my explanation isn’t really helping me here.

  4. Karyn Romeis

    Well, since it’s a guy’s surname, perhaps we should try to get it right 😉

    My own spelling is far worse when I keyboard than when I write by hand. This is because my head knows how words are supposed to be spelt, but my fingers don’t always go down in the right order. Since I type much faster than I write, and usually without looking at the screen much, my eyes don’t get the chance to notice the errors until it’s too late!

    Rats! I wish I’d thought of that to add to the pot on Tony Karrer’s recent debate about writing long-hand!

  5. Paul Wilkinson

    Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
    Fred Astaire

    Things have come to a pretty pass,
    Our romance is growing flat,
    For you like this and the other
    While I go for this and that.

    Goodness knows what the end will be;
    Oh, I don’t know where I’m at…
    It looks as if we two will never be one,
    Something must be done.

    You say either and I say eyether,
    You say neither and I say nyther;
    Either, eyether, neether, nyther,
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

    You like potato and I like potaeto,
    You like tomato and I like tomaeto;
    Potato, potaeto, tomato, tomaeto!
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

    But oh! If we call the whole thing off,
    Then we must part.
    And oh! If we ever part,
    Then that might break my heart!

    So, if you like pajamas and I like pajahmas,
    I’ll wear pajamas and give up pajahmas.
    For we know we need each other,
    So we better call the calling off off.
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

    You say laughter and I say lawfter,
    You say after and I say awfter;
    Laughter, lawfter, after, awfter,
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

    You like vanilla and I like vanella,
    You, say parilla and I say parella;
    Vanilla, vanella, Chocolate, strawberry!

    So, if you go for oysters and I go for orsters
    I’ll order oysters and cancel the orsters.
    For we know we need each other,
    So we better call the calling off o

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  7. schoolspirit

    Ha! I found that a little humourous. I’m glad it appears that I’ve been writing it correctly on the board at school now, too. If the kids find out I’ve spelled a word wrong they’ll have a field day, eh?

    Great use of a quick comic medium, too. Entertaining.


  8. John Larkin

    Love that hat and the moustache. At the age of 25 I discovered I had been spelling separate (seperate) incorrectly for years when I worked in the bank. Then all those job applications for an English teaching position that always concluded with “yours sincerly”. But the best was a speech at age 12 about the lunar landing when I always pronounced rendezvous as “wren-des-voose” whenever I mentioned the mid-orbital and sub-orbital connections between the command and lunar modules. I wondered why all the teachers giggled and guffawed.

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  10. mrsdurff

    you and wikipedia are both inaccurate if neither uses a capital for the guy’s name – i’m with allanah who quoted: “Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are…”

  11. Graham

    Post author

    It’s kind of ironic that I often learn the most from posts that were hastily constructed or light hearted in nature. Having an audience catches your mistakes – even the ones you intend for others to see. How others see them is a matter beyond my control.

  12. DJ

    @MrsDurff – Celsius is indeed a guy’sname but when a person’s name is adopted as a unit of measurement doesn’t have a capital letter. eg newton (for force), ohm (resistance), and so on. The capital letter is used as the abreviation eg N for newtons or C for celsius. (ohms have a capital omega). Wikipedia gets it wrong in the case of celsius as a temperature scale.

    re the old mixed-up letters thang – if we hadn’t been conditioned to read properly in the first place we wouldn’t be able to decode that gibberish. And to prove it, I’ll ask my 5 year old to try and read it to see what he makes of it.

  13. anon cwrd

    A tip for you – play it safe and use “centregrayde” instead. In all my years, it has never steered me rong…

  14. anon cwrd

    Sorry! Spelling mistake (I don’t want the “Matthew Intervention Treatment”): “years” should be “yeers”. Apologies.


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