"The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us. Of course it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested; we may come to love knowledge - our knowing - more than the thing known: to delight not in our talents but in the fact that they are ours, or even in the reputation they bring us. Every success in a scholar's life increases this danger. If it becomes irresistible, he must give up his scholarly work. The time for plucking out the right eye has arrived. "
- C. S. Lewis
Monday, May 30, 2005
Dear English-speaking people,
It has come to my attention a great many of you are incapable of spelling the word 'weird' correctly. There is not, nor has there ever been, a word called 'wierd', and so I would like to invite you to refrain from using it all the time. Admittedly in school we are taught "i before e except after c" but this is a guideline, not a law to be fanatically followed to the letter by misguided word-zealots.
For all our sakes, I have devised a simple 6-phase plan to help awaken us all from this spelling nightmare:
You will need: Pencil, paper, eraser, dictionary to check your answers with.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to point out one of my own oft-seen pet peeves: people who write "tenants" when they mean "tenets." It always makes me think Calvinism is a landlord.
While we're at it, can someone kindly tell Dr. McKnight that "blogs" are the sites bloggers post on; they are neither the posts that appear on blogs nor the comments that posts receive, as he seems to think. It's a common error for beginners (The Thinklings made their fair share of this mistake early on), but the esteemed Professor McKnight repeats it in nearly every single one of his
What linguistic/grammatical pet peeves do you have?