Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TO/TOO/TWO TUESDAY for March 24, 2009

I suspect that people are so pissed about the new Facebook layout (and with good reason, considering it kinda sucks) that they're taking out their anger on Facebook by capturing lots of instances of bad grammar and sending them to me so that I can mock Facebook here on this blog. :) I've seen a big jump in the amount of Facebook-related posts people are sending my way. Here are a few of my favorite reader-submitted Facebook grammar disasters...

Fellow baseball fan CRANE sent this one in time for To/Too/Two Tuesday. She says: "Weather" or not they were "conscience" of their error...it's there, and it's glaring. This is a Facebook ad that I saw a few minutes ago. They should probably try to proofread more carefully if they want me to go to their club--at least they spelled "conscience" correctly (no small feat).


PETER sent in this amusing error. He says: I took a Facebook quiz called "Where You Should Live." On the last question, I selected an answer that said I am "wordly." The author probably meant "worldly" but I answered as if "wordly" were a word. The quizmaster performed its calculation and concluded that I should live in Italy, perhaps a penalty for giving a snide answer. Or a reward.


(I took that same quiz and it told me that I should be living in Japan. That's good news since I like Hello Kitty and Japanese candy, but bad news since I really wanted to be living in London so that I could shop at Topshop, see all my favorite British bands in concert, and listen to hot accents all day long. Sigh.)

And finally, LAURA sent me a whole gigantic mess of errors that I can barely stand to look at because they make me want to cry. But if I'm gonna be subjected to 'em...well, misery loves company, so enjoy. ;)



I think I need a drink now. I don't care that it's early in the morning; hand me that shot glass and the Smirnoff, please...

Thank you to LAURA, PETER, and CRANE for sending in these funny Facebook-related errors!

12 comments:

HorribleLicensePlates said...

You know, I am sort of disliking the new layout too. Mainly since there is now a picture of a fetus (which I cannot remove) on my homepage because two of my friends have decided to join a right-to-life group. These people joining this group... I don't have a problem with. My problem is this: Why must I have to look at a fetus for the next week straight because of this though? I used to be able to get rid of that stuff before.

Whew, thanks for letting me vent Nikki.

The Punctuator said...

Yes, Facebook does seem to be pissing off us picky people lately. I'm not particularly upset about the new look, even though I don't like having to wade through every single thing that every friend did to his or her friend. I'm just increasingly upset by the rampant abuses of the language. It's almost enough to make me quit FB, but I have too many good friends there (like you, Nikki). I wonder if there is some other means which a group of concerned users could use to try to get FB to use a little more care.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ HLP: I agree! You shouldn't have to look at that stuff all the time if you don't want to. I feel like Facebook is showing us a lot of really irrelevant stuff lately that's cluttering up our home pages. Plus, I've found I'm having difficulty managing the Red Pen, Inc. page with this new layout. The "Page Manager" link used to be prominent on the last version of the home page. Now it's more work to find my page so that I can update it. (Not like I HAVE updated it for a while, really, but I realize that if I WANT to, it's like 16 more steps to get there...)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ The Punctuator: We should try to start a group to encourage Facebook to hire some sort of proofreaders; clearly, they presently have none! :)

I took a quiz the other day that was so poorly written that I refused to publish the results. It was a "Which Muse song are you?" quiz, which sounds like fun in theory, until you realize that it's been written by someone whose English is so totally sucktacular that no matter WHAT gorgeous Muse song you are, you just wanna cry your eyes out at the end of the quiz. Sigh.

Dave said...

I have to admit - I have never used Facebook and I never will. Reduced to its base level its just one more thing to do or to update. I mean why should I feel like I need to let the entire world know what I'm doing or update my moods with 'emoticons'? Like - Hey guys I just took a big crap. Mehh no thanks. I value my privacy. Although I could see myself becoming slightly interested if a group was organized which advocated and approved the slaying of Velociraptors, and their young.

Bridgete said...

Ugh, the last one is really just painful.

I hate the new layout too, by the way.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Dave: They have groups for EVERYTHING on Facebook. It wouldn't surprise me if there were some anti-velociraptor groups there! :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: I read somewhere that 96% of people hate the new Facebook. I'm surprised that they're doing nothing to change it when 96% of their users are dissatisfied.

LadyStyx said...

I didn't like Facebook when I originally set up my account so I got rid of it. I suspect with the complaints I'm seeing, I'd like it a whole lot less now.

Many of those quizzes are so riddled with errors it takes a bottle of Sangria to get through them.

Yvie said...

Oh God, yes. Both my manager and boss do not know the difference between 'conscience' and 'conscious'. We've started tallying up how often the manager will say 'we need to be conscience of that' during a meeting. The current record is 5.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: Oh, come on now, you're not really encouraging me to drink wine while doing internet-related stuff...hasn't tipsy typing been a problem for me before? LOL.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Yvie: That's hilarious! And sad. Very, very sad.