Thursday, January 29, 2009

This is exactly why proofreaders are so damn necessary.

So JANE, who runs the amusing blog WOPSUT.com, sent in this picture. Well, here's the thing. She actually sent three pictures. I got through approximately one-third of them. Jane feared that they'd send me into a grammar coma...and she was right!

Jane notes that she thinks they must have used voice recognition software to transcribe this interview, and I'm inclined to believe that theory; that'd make sense. But just because you have some sort of computer thingy figuring out what a human being said does not mean you should forget to run it past a human being before posting it on the web. Eeeek.

Thanks, JANE, for sending in this picture!

14 comments:

J. Alfred Proofreader said...

"The highs and loefs the music industry."

Is the writer suggesting Neil Young had a taste for cocaine and baguettes?

Nice catch!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahaha! After being in the music industry for a while, when it comes to musicians...nothing would surprise me. :)

ChicagoLady said...

I think there's a to/two/too moment here too. "For decades" instead of "Four decades"? Although I'm sure Neil has been around for four decades, I don't think that was the intent of the sentence/excerpt.

Also, what's the definition of quung????

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

That "quung" totally baffles me, too! ChicagoLady, your guess is as good as mine...

Brian said...

"Also, what's the definition of quung????"

That's actually a Mongolian Neil Young tribute band.

LadyStyx said...

*shakes head*

Bridgete said...

"loefs" is my new favorite word. Once I invent a definition for it.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Brian: Oh, good. I'm glad *somebody* knows what the hell that is!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: I shake my head all too often these days when I read things on the Internets. Sigh.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: When you do invent a definition, let me know what it is! I'm so curious about what the hell "loefs" means. :)

mama grammarphile said...

Ok. I have resisted the urge to comment on this one, but I apparently lost the battle with myself. Bear with me here, please.
I am sure I am going to miss a few errors here, but maybe it should have said:
"For (not FOUR) decades Young quung (ok - you got me on that one) has proved (not MOVED) to be one of rock music's most enduring performers. Now 62, Neil Young is showing no (not SHOW NOTHING) signs of slowing down. Having survived the highs and lows (not LOEFS) of the music industry, and a life-threatening aneurysm in
2005. (Ok - that's not even a complete sentence.) They have committed a litany of grammatical errors...
But they got "aneurysm" right? Are you kidding me? Now that's funny!

EVula said...

Man, if you can survive the loefs of the music industry, you can survive anything...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Mama Grammarphile: Wow, how did they screw up all those simple words but still get "aneurysm" right? That's bizarre!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ EVula: Ha! (By the way, every time I see "loefs," I keep picturing cute little loaves of bread.)