Wednesday, April 1, 2009

When homonymically-retarded twits write about blogging and tweeting...


The other night, I hopped onto the Twitter bandwagon. I always have random song lyrics and random thoughts in my head, and Twitter seemed to be a pretty natural fit for these musings, so...I signed up, and promptly sent out invites to a zillion of my closest friends, seeing if they would also like to tweet along with me. Some of my friends are now my partners in tweeting (yay!), and one of my very favorite friends cattily informed me that he has "never twatted," which reminds me of this hilarious post over at J. Alfred Proofreader's site (it's a must-read!).

Luckily, though, in the process of tweeting with me (or claiming that they don't engage in any of this "twatting" nonsense), none of my friends committed any egregious homonym errors. But the dude who wrote an article about tweeting and blogging committed a nice little homonym error. What he meant to say is that Twitter and your blog can complement each other. Sigh.

OK, I'm off to go tweet some more random thoughts about the dangers of indulging in late-night Pixy Stix cravings, hot baseball players, and rants about how I hate being/having a very strong freak magnet...

18 comments:

Bridgete said...

I think I need a nap. For a minute I was certain that "compliment" is not a word, so I couldn't figure out how this was a homonym error as opposed to a misspelling error.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahaha! Yeah, I'm with you on the whole "needing a nap" thing! :)

J. Alfred Proofreader said...

Great catch, Grammarphile! For someone writing so authoritatively, you'd think this guy wouldn't make such a bush-league mistake.

And many thanks for the shout-out to my post!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Thank you, J. Alfred--and you're welcome for the shout-out! :)

jspencer said...

What's you Twitter ID, for those of us who want to follow you?

LadyStyx said...

*chuckles*

April said...

Speaking of being a twit, has the Name/URL option for commenting always been there and I've been going about using the anonymous thingy? I kill me.

Also, I love twitter but I'm rarely grammatically correct in 140 characters or less.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ jspencer: It's red_stilettos. :) You (and anyone else) are more than welcome to follow me! It's "locked," so you'll have to send a follow request, but don't worry--I'm happy to connect with anyone on Twitter as long as they're not one of the few people I like to avoid. (Luckily, nobody who reads this blog is someone I want to avoid!)

ChicagoLady said...

Homonymically?

Wow! You learn something new every day: compliment/complement.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: I like your kitty avatar. He kind of has an "are you freakin' KIDDING me?" look on his face. Which is kind of the same look I have on my face every day at work, so I can relate! ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ April: Heh. Yeah, it's been there a while. ;)

I've started using twitter to follow baseball players. Mmmm...BILFs! :) And don't worry, hardly anyone on Twitter is grammatically correct all the time. Hell, I think I even forgot to capitalize a few necessary proper nouns/beginnings of sentences on a Twitter update the other night...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ ChicagoLady: Yeah, I totally made up a word there. But it sounds good, right? :)

jspencer said...

BTW, this is the real Lily Allen: http://twitter.com/lilyroseallen

I'm not super-anal about my tweets. I do shorten things or phrase them in a way I normally wouldn't But I do not use txt-speak under any circumstances. Ever. Anywhere.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ jspencer: Ooh, thank you! I'm gonna add her...

Yeah, I'm with you--I hate txt-speak, too. I cringe when I see someone use "u r" in place of "you are," and stuff like that. Never, ever, ever will I tweet anything that contains that kind of nonsense!

Carlos said...

Did you see this clip? I thought I'd piss myself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4EoN4nr5FQ

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LOL!!! Love it! Thanks, Carlos! :)

Laura Payne said...

Homonymically-retarded...what a great word. And that is a compliment.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Thanks, Laura! :)