beckham and grammar


Is it wrong of me to enjoy the fact that the L.A. Galaxy soccer team pissed away hundreds of millions of dollars by signing David Beckham? I mean, come on...no one in America gives a shit about soccer, and signing David Beckham isn't going to change that. And he keeps getting hurt! If the Becks didn't keep injuring himself, I would be completely unaware that there were even professional soccer teams in America. And I'm sure sooner, rather than later, he'll really injure himself to the point where he can't play anymore. I don't know how that will affect the moolah situation the Galaxy has shelled out, but yeah, I'm calling this a bad decision on the their part.

Now, to take this in a different direction...is "moolah/moola" a real word? And if so, is there an H at the end or not? As one who attempts to use decent grammar and spelling on a regular basis, I have often come across words that have 2 different, yet correct spellings. And it drives me nuts. I'm obviously not a grammar Nazi because I like to start sentences with "and" and "but" (one of many examples), but I am trying not to look like a completely uneducated jackass. I'm referring to the people who can't grasp the basics of your/you're. I hate that. And don't even get me started on the whole internet lingo...it's all enough to drive one mad! But to get back to the side topic at hand, do you want to know my little trick for spelling? I google the word in question and spell it the way that brings back the most hits.

"canceled" gives me 19,800,000 hits
"cancelled" gives me 50,800,000 hits

Word tells me both are acceptable, but freaking Firefox spell check says "cancelled" is spelled incorrectly. For fuck's sake! Who knew David Beckham would lead me to an angry rant about spelling that can only lead me to pulling my hair out in frustration!

p.s. I also made up a word last night. I like doing that. SPARCE, a cross between sparse (thinly scattered) and scarce (insufficient to satisfy the need or demand). Use it...........sparcely!

p.p.s. My favorite month is almost here!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by rhiannon @ 10:40 PM    

3 Comments:

At August 30, 2007 11:52 PM, Anonymous Sam (stain69@yahoo.com) said...

I don't know about moolah/moola, but I invent words all the time. My question is, is "Nazi" supposed to be capitalized? If so, I think the full term "Grammar Nazi" should be capitalized from stem to stern. But I don't know or anything, I'm just saying/asking.

I may be alone in this, but I *abhor* automated spell check and grammar softwares as they are used in personal communications and writings. I never use that crap except for business correspondences, and even then I find that a lifetime of rejecting automagical (<--invented word?) spelling and grammar softwares has left me with a pretty decent sense of this language.

OK I'll shaddup.

I mean, I'll get sparce.

p.s., I hear the kids here in nyc respect Beckham for the way he spent the day with them over in Harlem. Did Pelé, Beckenbauer, or even Chinaglia ever do that?

 
At August 31, 2007 1:08 PM, Anonymous glenn said...

I am an English freak also. I often use Google to spellcheck as Rhiannon has suggested. But I do hate how my local newspapers misuse their spellcheckers rather than doing proper proofreading. One paper said that "the victim died 9 hours after she was killed." They're misusing their spellchecker there. But that is a tale of yore, and anyone should realize that you're your own best spellchecker.
And what is with the letter "Q"? This kweer anachronism should be eliminated from the English alphabet kwickly, without kwalm or kwibble. Okay, I'll be kwiet now.

 
At November 7, 2007 1:49 AM, Blogger reanon said...

canceled is US english
cancelled is UK (or Australian) english.

americans spell everything with one L.
remodeling, jewelry etc
we spell it remodelling, and jewellery.

and then there is words like randomise and randomize.
z = us english
s = uk english

it sucks when Word is set to US english rather than UK english and then it keeps automatically "fixing" my spelling.

 

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