Hey Moron – to err is human, to forgive, divine!!!

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A couple of days ago a person who took the cowards way out by using a nom de plume when commenting on a particular blog post of mine, seemed to take great delight in pointing out the fact that I had made one spelling mistake. As it turns out I hadn’t…

At the time I thought big deal – take me outside and shoot me! So I missed one while I was editing the post, so what?

When I accused him of being pedantory in the particular blog post’s comments, he was quick to deny that he is a pedant, by saying that “Not pedantic at all. You mentioned you revised this post dozens of times yet the misspelled word is early in the post. I felt bad for you since we, as editors, have all been there. It is hard to proofread your own work. This example points out why that is so. If I came across as snarky in any way that certainly wasn’t my intention. My apologies for the misunderstanding”. At the time I fully accepted his apology, prepared to forgive and move on. But like all of his ilk he could not simply leave it at that. Had he done so, I would not now be writing this post.

Instead he saw fit to repeat it in so many words below the link for the particular blog post in a Facebook writer’s group to which I contribute, this time using his own name, thereby making his condescending comment a matter of public record.

Therefore I can repeat what he said verbatim for the great majority of those who follow my blog and do not feel the need, unlike him, to feel superior :- “The article shares some good thoughts. I did giggle when he said he revised the post three dozen times – three or four sentences in he misspells “practices” and uses “practises”. I feel bad for him because we’ve all been there. It’s hard to proofread your own work.”

Perhaps he will take the time to think first before he feels the need to make any further comments of this nature in the future. After all most hardworking writers do not appreciate being attacked by smart mouthed clever dicks.

I would remind him and all other pedants who feel that they are somehow a cut above the average writer of the following quote by Alexander Pope  – To err is human, to forgive divine

PS – thinking about it, I checked the spelling in my English version of the OED. Guess what, as an Englishman, I was perfectly correct in my spelling. Practices is the US version!!!

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15 thoughts on “Hey Moron – to err is human, to forgive, divine!!!

    • In a weird way Jo, I must thank him. Up until he attacked my post, claiming I had misspelt the word ‘practises’, claiming it should be the American version – ‘practices’, I had allowed free commenting. I have just changed the rules. From now on, all comments will need to be approved by me. This is the only way to prevent the know it all pedants of this world from voicing their missguided, and in this particular case, entirely incorrect opinions in the future. 🙂

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  1. These no-lifers are absolutely pathetic. Since economics is a favorite subject of mine, I read a lot of articles written by academics (orthodox and heterodox alike). I’ve seen errors, but they don’t bug my eyes. Nor do they overshadow the arguments or lack of arguments brought up by the author in question. Hell, it’s so easy to miss a letter or two in a paragraph, even after many revisions. Also, when doing revisions, you’re looking to better expose content, to make it more clear, to make it sound better. Words do have sound, and it’s really important to get a nice flow into the story – so it’s easy and interesting to read.
    I’d rather swim through typos than through derivative plots and cardboard characters. But hey, that’s just me.

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