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!!!