Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ironic FAIL.

New Red Pen, Inc. reader BRIDGETE says: This appeared in an ongoing questionnaire application on Facebook. Although I couldn't find a submission link, I think there must be some way to submit questions. The errors were too sporadic for there to be just one author. Anyway, this was one of my favorites. I just love the irony.

Ahhh, Facebook...a breeding ground for illiteracy. I'm betting the person writing the questionnaire doesn't have a degree themselves--well, at least not in English...

Thanks to BRIDGETE for finding this one!

10 comments:

Peter said...

Answer: Yes, I have a college rug, but it's usually spelled dhurry, not deree.

ChicagoLady said...

Disregarding the missing "g", when I read the second question, I interpret it as "so what if you have a degree."

The Punctuator said...

Grammarphile, I'm afraid I can't agree with your thesis that the sporadic errors equals multiple authors; I have seen lots of really senseless yet inconsistent errors on many a Facebook application, and each one claims to be made by one individual. I think it's sporadic because most folks who feel compelled to create an app on something like Facebook are probably trying to do a good job, but also suffer from that prevalent web mentality of "faster is better...and damn the punctuation and spelling!"

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Peter: Ha! Great pun. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ ChicagoLady: I've often looked back at the majority of the post-college jobs I've had and said the same damn thing. As in, "So what if I have a degree? I'm in radio, where they don't give a rat's ass about grammar OR the fact that I was an English major!" ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ The Punctuator: Actually, that was the photo submitter's opinion, not mine. ;) I haven't seen the full questionnaire that she referenced, so of course I don't know for sure, but if it's particularly lengthy, it could possibly have been written by more than one person. But your point is true as well--sometimes people make inconsistent errors because there's only one person to do the writing assignment, and he has to rush through it. I think either scenario could be plausible in this case. :)

Dave said...

HAHAHA thats awesome...kinda how it feels sometimes for me working in the field I'm in with the degree I have...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Yeah, I know *that* feeling. ;)

Bridgete said...

@The Punctuator: While in most cases I would agree that one person might just be writing and ignoring typos, when I say the errors were too sporadic, I mean they were TOO sporadic. Some of the questions were clearly written by people who actually speak another language and seemed to be taking a stab at English. I think one was something like "Do you really very enjoy to ski?" I thought about submitting that one, actually, but I really preferred the irony in this mistake. =)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

"Do you really very enjoy to ski"?" Awww, that's kind of a cute grammar mistake! :)