Monday, May 4, 2009

MISSPELLING MONDAY for May 4, 2009


I complain all the time about how websites and print publications need to proofread their stuff a whole lot better, but (since I only watch one TV show) I'm oblivious to most of the spelling and grammar snafus shown on television, which means I rarely have cause to complain about bad grammar/spelling on TV.

Luckily, Red Pen, Inc. readers watch TV, and so sometimes they're kind enough to send in en error they saw on a TV show. RANIELLE spotted this one for us. She says: I missed "SURVIVOR", so I was catching up today OnDemand. Which was a good thing when this little beauty popped up on the screen. I seriously rewound and played and rewound and played and went to my dictionary and thought, "Who in the WORLD thought that looked OK?" I get that's what it SOUNDS like it should be, but it just looks as wrong as it is.

Nice catch, RANIELLE! This picture proves the point that folks in the TV world should be just as vigilant about proofreading as people in the web/print industries are. Not that web/print people are all that vigilant about their grammar/spelling (as evidenced by the 942 Red Pen, Inc. posts in existence at this very moment), but you know what I mean. :)

7 comments:

Ranielle said...

The word was also misspelled in the episode after the one shown above. Luckily for me, this guy was eliminated in that episode. But it does make me wonder if it had been misspelled since the beginning of the season and I simply wasn't paying enough attention. (Don't know if that's a negative point for my attention span or the show. Or both.)

Anonymous said...

Having worked in local TV news, spelling errors on "supers" are common under intense deadlines; sometimes grammar takes a back seat.

Check the lower-third graphics on cable networks like FOX or CNN, or your local news channel and notice the grammar errors PLUS inaccurate information; it creates an impotent news service.

The graphics move quickly and some people never see the errors, usually a producer will make the corrections, hopefully.

Bridgete said...

So we had trouble with souvenir before, now we have trouble with entrepreneur. Both words are borrowed from French. I'm sensing a pattern...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Ranielle: Thank goodness that guy got voted off! Now they have no reason to attempt to spell "entrepreneur" anymore...phew! :)

(At least you noticed the misspelling eventually. Your attention span's fine. Now, the PRODUCERS' attention spans, on the other hand, since they never noticed this error...that's another story entirely...)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Anonymous: I'll take your word on all of this; I'm woefully uninformed when it comes to TV! (I only ever watch one show, and I've only seen one grammar error present on that show.) :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: Apparently words with French origins are tough to spell! Or people are too lazy to pick up a dictionary to figure out the correct spellings of these words... :)

LadyStyx said...

I vote for both on your last comment.