In addition to my Remember the Time Blog Hop, which I am quite enjoying (if you haven’t read these, they’re pretty good if I do say so myself), I think I want to start posting in the Idiot of the Week Blog Hop. The goal of this one is just to complain and amuse ourselves about some of the ridiculous people around us.
Disclaimer: If I happen to choose you, no offense. If you know anything about me, you know I’m being sarcastic. In addition, if I say something that is truly offensive (and I might, let’s be realistic here, I sometimes forget the power of my words, as many do) please let me know. But, if you do something and you think my blog is about you, maybe consider making a slight improvement. Or not. It’s certainly your decision.
Roseanna and I were playing Taboo the other night (we thought it would be fun, and it was). We got part of the way through the deck and she found herself gazing at this gem of a card:
She gave me a hint and I promptly guessed correctly: Anatomy. And then she followed up with, “Spell it.” Now, Roseanna and I are super goofy and I thought this was her (slightly nerdy) way of making the game more interesting. So I spelled it correctly: A-N-A-T-O-M-Y. And then she asked if there is another spelling of it, because as all English speakers know, some words can be spelled multiple ways and whatnot. So we did what any college student has learned to do when he or she is unsure about spelling (or pretty much anything else): we Googled it. And we were correct.
The maker of this particular card does not know how to spell anatomy. And this would concern me significantly less if I did not know how readily available spell check is. But even so, please, learn to spell properly. Nothing makes you look more ridiculous than not being able to spell.
This card makes the makers of this game look unprofessional and lazy; and besides that, it confuses the players of the game.
Let me just warn all of my readers: if you misspell a word, especially one which sounds exactly as it is spelled, you could very easily end up my Idiot of the Week. With the technology available, with the information available to all of us, there is no reason to misspell common words. Period.