Wednesday, September 5, 2007

What a heel!


It's nearing the end of baseball season. We're down to less than a month before the playoffs start. The season's winding down, and the sports writers are apparently letting their grammar go foul.

I can sometimes--but only sometimes, like in those rare moments when I don't have a heart made entirely of ice and dog-eared copies of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves--forgive somebody one homonym error, figuring that spell-check just didn't catch it. (Granted, I'll probably make fun of them anyway, but it's not a huge mistake.)

But making the same homonym error more than once is indicative of not a spell-check issue, but an issue with the smarts of the person making the error. That sort of thing says to me that the writer truly didn't know the difference between the two words in question. This writer didn't realize that a heel is a part of the body that can be aching but can then heal. A heel can heal; however, the word heal cannot be used as a noun because it's a verb, dammit.

A slang-style connotation of the word heel is someone who's a "contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person." This writer is indeed one of those.

Big thanks to JUSTIN, radio DJ extraordinaire, for finding this error! Check out his website
here.

1 comment:

JL said...

I was TOTALLY planning to get you a copy of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves when I saw it on my mother's kitchen counter! Glad to know you already have it, it made me think of you immediately!

Now, whenever I see an error I think, "the panda says 'no'!"