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Sep. 30th, 2009

09:00 pm - Incurious bastards

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I feel kind of weird complaining about this.

I mean, I know it's a misspelling, and I know it's just a damn Tarantino movie, but why does nobody on the face of the earth except me seem to notice that it's "IngloUrious Basterds", not "Inglorious Basterds"?

I mean, I'm glad people are spelling "inglorious" correctly, but I wish it weren't because they're being unobservant!

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From:almightytora
Date:October 1st, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
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What about "bastards"?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 1st, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
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What about it? It's "Basterds" in the movie title, and everyone notices that.
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From:athelind
Date:October 1st, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
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At least they're getting "Basterds" right... um, wrong... um. wrong the right way.
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From:cyrebjr
Date:October 1st, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
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In the '60's, there was one MAD Magazine "Back to Colege Isue." People wrote in complaining about the misspelling of "isSue" and ignored "colLege" (or maybe it was the other way around).
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 1st, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
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Which reminds me, obliquely, of a particular April issue of GAMES Magazine.

Every issue has a series of game-related articles on glossy paper, and a Pencilwise section full of pencil puzzles printed on plain paper. Pencilwise includes "The World's Most Ornery Crossword Puzzle", a large crossword puzzle with two sets of clues, Hard and Easy, so you can choose how much of a challenge you want.

In April, GAMES Magazine often plays tricks and jokes on its readers. One year, the April issue had a page titled "Pencilwise for Dummies", featuring ridiculously easy versions of its most popular puzzles. One of these was "The World's Least Ornery Crossword". :}

The punchline, though, is that some smart-alec wrote a letter to the magazine, complaining that they forgot to include instructions for the Pencilwise for Dummies puzzles! :}
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From:timmowarner
Date:October 1st, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I didn't notice "inglorious" was spelled incorrectly until it was specifically pointed out in an article on the movie.

And words need more u's in them in any case!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 1st, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Reminds me of people who say "Somebody set us up the bomb!"
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 1st, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Exactly! It's "Somebody set up us the bomb", which is funnier! Or people who read "The Eye of Argon" and miss great swaths of misspellings and mispunctuations. It can be hilarious to take the bad punctuation at face value and misenunciate the text! Butt people keep missing funny stuff left and right! Cheeky.
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From:alfador_fox
Date:October 2nd, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
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It's probably auto-correction from reading so many things--one's brain gets used to speed reading and reads whole words at once, with barely-perceived error correction. It's why when I proofread a story, even one I didn't write myself, I sometimes miss things on first or nth passes, and think "How could I have missed that?!" on the n+1th pass.

It's also why I haven't tried to progress to "speed reading" where one reads whole sentences or paragraphs at once--I know that I'd end up missing a great deal of the joy of reading.
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From:alfador_fox
Date:October 1st, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
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I hauve eunough honour to be valourous and speull thiungs courrectly.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 2nd, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
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Gouuuud 4 U!
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From:kohath
Date:October 2nd, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
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I've thought the same thing several times!

But telling people "Hey, you didn't misspell 'inglourious'" just doesn't have the same ring as the reverse.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 2nd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
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How about "BTW, did you notice there's an extra U in there?"
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