This is tilting at windmills I know, but maybe someone out there will
be helped by knowing which are the most common woodworking
misspellings here on rec.woodworking and elsewhere. Feel free to chime
in with your favorites as well.
Loose means a thing that is not tight.
Lose is misplacing something.
Joiner is someone who joins (wood, clubs, whatever)
Jointer is that tool that flattens a face and an edge of a board
Planner is one of those books with a yearly calendar, or a person who
Planer is a tool to make 2 faces of a board parallel.
Ah, I feel better now haveing gotten that off my cheast (sic).
Angle is a shape formed by two lines diverging from a common point.
Anvil is a heavy block of iron on which metals are shaped by hammering.
A nail is a slender pointed metal fastener designed to be pounded in.
Anal is someone overly concerned about other people's misspellings.
And yet if I was communicating to you the results of a mathematical equation my
answer would either be CORRECT or INCORRECT. If the answer was coming back to
you in the form of a monetary payment, I daresay you'd be a tad more concerned
about how "anal" I'd been during the computations, wouldn't you? It's always
bugged me how we seem to be getting less and less concerned for the correctness
of our communications as time goes by. It hasn't always been this way. It
amazes me when I read the writings of the average lowly farm boy from the
eighteen-hundreds, with nothing more than a typical rural schoolhouse
education, and how well they wrote back then compared to the average college
graduate of today. Sad, really.
Free bad advice available here.
To reply, eat the taco.
Yes, part of that is related to the high cost of reproducing diagrams.
Thus the careful descriptions.
I see that many modern wood "carving" books are little more than books
of photographs. It must be cheap to create them and perhaps they are
marketable for a very broad audience. I'd prefer the "thousand words"
You are, of course, correct. However, language is much more fluid than
a math equation. That leads to a lot of oratory that has no purpose
other than to prevent one from understanding the speakers position.
Well, I suppose statistical analysis is pretty fluid as well, but that
is another story.
It's always bugged me how we seem to be
Sad ,indeed. You should have seen some of the job applications I
reviewed. I lost count of how many went in the trash because they were
so poorly written they didn't make sense. All were written by college
I second that. It seems the current job-seeking generation can not
distinguish between "then" and "than", allthough that may be a
spell-check issue. In which case they don't proof read.
What amazes me more is the number of occurrences of errors on news
websites. The San Francisco Chronicle was noteworthy for the number
in the hardcopy issue back in the 1980's, but the numbers of ommitted
words, doubled words, and other errors. Today, it's hard to read one
article online without 2-3 errors.
I've noticed that too. I'm guessing it's the result of the rush to get
the news online and the cost cutting that is going on everywhere.
In fact when I was looking for work at one point, I offered my
technical writing and proofreading services to one local news website.
Never got a response. I figured they didn't like my criticism of their
Created by the named author based on actual GRADUATE SCHOOL admmission
I have a spelling checker
It came with my pea sea
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh
My checker tolled me sew.
A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.
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Eye trussed too bee a joule
The checker pour o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.
Be fore a veiling checkers
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if were lacks or have a laps,
We wood be maid to wine.
Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite,
Of non eye am a wear.
Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.
To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud.
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws are knot aloud.
Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft ware four pea seas.
And why I brake in two averse
By righting want too pleas.
-- Jerry Zar, Dean of the Graduate School
Northwestern Illinois University
On Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:36:52 -0600, Steve Turner wrote:
I don't mind so much when the average person can't spell, although it is
a minor irritant. What really bothers me is books, magazines, and
newspapers with rampant spelling mistakes. Those people are supposed to
That would be the late eighteen hundreds, wouldn't it? If you go back to
the writings of our founding fathers and others of that era, you'll find
a total disregard of correct spelling.
As with most things, it goes in cycles :-).
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
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