Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hollywood (spelling-related) horror stories...

In Hollywood, stars get all sorts of VIP treatment...they'll get goodie bags at major events, VIP parties at posh clubs, and free clothing from designers... But they don't always get their names spelled correctly.

WINONA found this one. Now, I know that bad grammar and terrible spelling runs rampant on Twitter, but, as Winona puts it, "you've been working with the woman for eight years--learn to spell her name!" Winona also notes that "'She's a star at a great friend' - I think someone needs to teach him about the wonderful ampersand. Wheel of Fortune uses it all the time!"

Yeah, apparently Mr. Seacrest is a wee bit punctuationally-challenged...

Sometimes bad misspellings happen to good bands. Take Nine Inch Nails, for instance...



There's no spell-checker on the planet that would have known to suggest "Inch" in place of "In" in this context, but the human being creating the e-mail should have looked at that subject line and instantly known that something was wrong. (Bow down before the one you serve, rotten proofreader--you're going to get what you deserve...)

Last but not least, BECKY (whose blog, Apostrophe Catastrophes, is fabulous, and you should really check it out sometime!) sent in this amusing error...



The Girls Next Store? What did they sell there, exactly? Blonde hair dye? Boob jobs?

Thanks to BECKY and WINONA for spotting these star-studded snafus!

16 comments:

Bridgete said...

Haha, I think my favorite has to be "Girls Next Store." Who on earth thinks THAT is the phrase?

As a side note, how ironic would it be if I hadn't noticed that I initially wrote "things" instead of "thinks" just now?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LOL! Apparently *someone* thinks that's the title. But that someone must really live under a rock.

Do you know how many times I've made typos in my own comments, then gone back and deleted and rewritten them? It's more often than one might think, haha! So if that had happened to you--well, at least you'd be in good company!

Rob said...

Interesting... I was a bit surprised that you use the "sexist" form of blond. I thought most grammarphiles had switched to the more asexual "blond" instead of using the masculine and feminine forms.

On topic with the typos, I suspect that the "In" and "Stores" are do to ignorance. Especially if the writers had only heard someone say the names rather than saw them written out.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

As far as I know, either "blonde" or "blond" is acceptable...I *think* (if I'm wrong, let me know). I've always liked "blonde" better than "blond"...not sure why. Just a weird personal preference. :)

I think your theory is sound...if they spelled those names just like they heard them (especially if the person they heard saying these names didn't enunciate properly!), and if they'd never seen them written out before, this is *exactly* what I'd expect would happen!

Winona said...

"Girls Next Store" - love it! Sounds like something that comes up when a machine (rather than a live person) is captioning a television show.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LOL! You're right, Winona--that's exactly what it sounds like!

LadyStyx said...

"Sounds like something that comes up when a machine (rather than a live person) is captioning a television show."

Exactly my thoughts. One of these days I'm going to have my camera ready for when they're mangling the words in that one commercial. The caption ends up showing this:

Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Needless to say, I cringe every danged time.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

MICE ELF! Hahahaha... :)

Rob said...

"As far as I know, either "blonde" or "blond" is acceptable...I *think* (if I'm wrong, let me know). I've always liked "blonde" better than "blond"...not sure why. Just a weird personal preference. :)"

Yes, they are both acceptable; however, the current standard, as far as I understand it, is to use "blond" as a gender neutral form of the word. "Blonde" was once considered the feminine form and "blond" the male. One of the few words in the English language that has gender specific spelling. The dictionaries still distinguish "blonde" as the feminine form, but there is no gender mentioned for "blond," thus the gender neutrality and more common use these days.

This post brought to you by the number "2" and the letter "Q"... because they rhyme. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ha! I didn't know that... Thanks, Rob! :)

Rob said...

To tell you the truth I didn't either until just recently when I was editing a novel someone is working on and they were referring to a "blonde bear," and something about that phrase bothered me enough to look it up. Partly because I have always spelled "blond" without the "e", and partly because I hadn't heard that phrase before. So now I know and so do you, and knowing is half the battle... Go Joe! ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ooh, you're an editor? I'm so jealous...that's the job I've always wanted, but never had!

Rob said...

Not as my primary profession. I do it on the side. I'm actually an I.T. guy, but writing has always been a passion of mine. A few years ago I started doing minor editing gigs on the side. Apparently, I do a good enough job that they keep coming my way. Unfortunately, they rarely earn me much money, so I keep my day job.

One of these days I'll find the time to actually write the two novels that I've started, and who knows, maybe I'll earn enough to buy a few beers. ;) Of course editing my own stuff is much harder so I'll probably have to hire an editor. Ironic, I know.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ha! Rob, you and I may be leading parallel lives. I'm a webmaster/amateur editor who is hard at work (more so when baseball season ends) on one novel and a couple short stories!

Winona said...

"Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin"

Actually, that *is* the correct spelling of the Sly & the Family Stone song title, although it doesn't point out the parenthetical portion of the title... so still, technically deserving of Red-Pennage.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thank_You_(Falettinme_Be_Mice_Elf_Agin)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LOL! Thanks, Winona! (You learn something new every day...) :)