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  •  Another clueless youngster… (3+ / 0-)
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    Upper West, Calamity Jean, trumpeter

    …relying on spell check

    …Bush’s effort to replicate the Reagan war on an evil empire lead [sic] to humiliation…
    (emphasis added by me)

    This has been creeping up my fingernails-on-chalk-board list for some time—now perilously close to the number 1 spot.

    Because "lead" (as in exercising direction from the front) is spelled precisely the same way as "lead" (as in Pb, Atomic Number 82), many young people who've not been held accountable in the preponderance of their writing (what with texting, Facebook, etc. and smartphones, iPads, etc.) spell less by knowing than by built in aids (Damn You, Autocorrect) just assume that the past tense of "lead", which coincidentally sounds exactly like the element "lead" assume it's spelled that way.

    Instead of leading, they are being led blindly by the inability of spell check to properly inform them. I suppose that the similar word "read" having its past tense spelled "read" doesn't help, but by the time one reaches college level course work, such English anomalies should have been throroughly bred (huh…) out of them.

    I weep for humanity. That's a phrase I'm far too tired of employing, yet there seems an ever increasing justification for it.

    •  Totally agree -- drives me nuts (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      but also -- that sentence is not in quotes, so it may be Brooks and not the kid who wrote it, which says a lot about Brooks and the Times copy editors.  If she had written it, he should have written [sic] as you did, but that would go against his argument that she's brilliant.

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:37:35 AM PDT

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    •  A related case (0+ / 0-)

      An associate in my firm wrote as the title of a brief section:  "Plaintiff has not plead fraud."  It's either "pled" or "pleaded."  But I see it a lot.

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:39:22 AM PDT

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