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Jan. 25th, 2011

04:30 pm - Don't Instead, Instead - INSTEAD!

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While I'm off on a rant, you know what bugs me about Sarah Palin's infamous tweet, "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"?

Well, obviously the use of violent gun-based imagery to talk about political action is the big number one there. But there's something else: the word "instead". It's unnecessary and clunky; it breaks up the flow. Why didn't she just write "Don't retreat, reload"? See, much snappier.*

So not only does Sarah Palin fail at holding any sort of office, and making speeches, and answering interview questions... she can't even write slogans! She's WORSE THAN USELESS.


*And that's even ignoring the poor punctuation! It should really be, "Don't retreat; instead, RELOAD!"**

**For that matter, the whole tweet reads:
'Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!" Pls see my Facebook page.'
Sarah, you have no standing to talk about common sense. And why is "please" abbreviated? Spelling it out wouldn't come close to going over the 140-character limit.

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From:nefaria
Date:January 26th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
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A comma can replace a semicolon in very short sentences ("I came, I saw, I conquered." for instance). She definitely has some punctuation, spelling, and grammar issues though.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 26th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
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There's a fair chance she didn't come up with the slogan herself. Which still doesn't speak well of her.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 26th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
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Yeah, she can't even DELEGATE right!
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From:lilacstarprint
Date:January 26th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
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She's just lipstick on a pig, KT. Ignore her.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 26th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
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Aww c'mon, I like ranting about poor writing. :}
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From:lilacstarprint
Date:January 26th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
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twitter must make your head explode on an hourly basis then.

Your poor housekeeper. :D
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 26th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
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I don't use Twitter.
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From:octan
Date:January 26th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
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The use of "pls" is almost certainly because she saw people typing that way on the Twitter and decided "when in Rome" without considering for a moment that there might be a purpose or right-time-wrong-time for it.

My uncle recently joined Facebook and has done the same thing with redundant exclamation points and random "LOL"s. It's like he's being impersonated by someone else entirely — namely, someone less than half his age and/or IQ.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 26th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Ahh. Sounds like he's trying to "go native" and "get down" with the "local lingo". Say, but that's a panic, old chum!
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:January 28th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Another recent Palin gem:

"He dubbed it a 'Winning The Future' speech, but the title’s acronym seemed more accurate than much of the content." - Sarah Palin

Does Ms. Palin not even know the difference between an acronym and an initialism?

(To give her credit, this is a, as Sheldon Cooper puts it, "common, but inexcusable, mistake")
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