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11/12/2003 11:39:18 AM · #1
OK. Misspelt titles are driving me crazy.

Message edited by author 2003-11-12 11:40:27.
11/12/2003 11:42:17 AM · #2
My sentiments exactly!!!!!!
11/12/2003 11:55:02 AM · #3
remember, english is not the first language of all the participants.
11/12/2003 12:10:29 PM · #4
Originally posted by JC Homola:

remember, english is not the first language of all the participants.


Let them create titles in their own tongue.
11/12/2003 12:18:17 PM · #5
Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by JC Homola:

remember, english is not the first language of all the participants.


Let them create titles in their own tongue.


They already can - although expect plenty of 'huh? (1)' votes. I had enough problems with a half Italian, half French title...

Message edited by author 2003-11-12 12:21:00.
11/12/2003 12:21:20 PM · #6
Use the Babelfish Translator.
11/12/2003 12:22:50 PM · #7
Originally posted by EL-ROI:

Use the Babelfish Translator.


Urm - maybe not :)

Cappuccino Crème Brûlée becomes:

Burned Cream-coloured Cappuccino


While literally accurate, it isn't much use.
11/12/2003 12:23:26 PM · #8
Originally posted by EL-ROI:

Use the Babelfish Translator.

Unfortunately AltaVista's Babelfish isn't quite as good as HHGTTG's. Even a short sentence comes out quite poorly with Babelfish.
11/12/2003 12:27:00 PM · #9
Originally posted by Gordon:

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by JC Homola:

remember, english is not the first language of all the participants.


Let them create titles in their own tongue.


They already can - although expect plenty of 'huh? (1)' votes. I had enough problems with a partially French title...


To hell with the huh's and 1's... (I have developed antibodies). I'm sure you can appreciate both a lil mystery and a linguistic challenge.
11/12/2003 12:33:50 PM · #10
Originally posted by JC Homola:

remember, english is not the first language of all the participants.


That's fine. Have them look up the proper English spelling of their title somewhere before posting or post a title in their own language.
11/12/2003 12:35:33 PM · #11
I'm driven nuts by this, too, and I'm rather ashamed to admit that I'm now officially guilty of it! I have slapped myself around quite a bit as a result, and I'm getting rather sore.
11/12/2003 12:37:23 PM · #12
Originally posted by Ten13:

OK. Misspelt titles are driving me crazy.


That's "misspelled." (sorry, it was driving me crazy! :-p)
11/12/2003 12:38:32 PM · #13
As the details were Take a picture with a suitable title that is also a title of a book there can be no excuses in the current challenge.
11/12/2003 12:39:04 PM · #14
Originally posted by zeuszen:



To hell with the huh's and 1's... (I have developed antibodies). I'm sure you can appreciate both a lil mystery and a linguistic challenge.


I'm all for anything that furthers the confusion in the mind of the typical voter. It might cause some of them to engage their brain.
11/12/2003 12:58:30 PM · #15
Originally posted by TimS:

Originally posted by Ten13:

OK. Misspelt titles are driving me crazy.


That's "misspelled." (sorry, it was driving me crazy! :-p)


Spelt and misspelt are perfectly valid in British English, just like spilt, learnt, leant, and burnt.

On the topic at hand, I think it's disgusting that people can't bother to spell their titles correctly. The ones that are obvious English-language difficulties I can forgive, but the ones that are just laziness are awful. This challenge is full of photos that don't fit the challenge at all: photos of story contents, not interpretations of titles. Entrants who didn't bother to take a simple second glance at their title before hitting submit are just making it worse.
11/12/2003 01:02:41 PM · #16
Originally posted by kostia:



Spelt and misspelt are perfectly valid in British English


Yeah, but he's from Michigan! Heehee, just kidding, I thought it was kinda ironic...

I'd agree though that it's pretty annoying to see incorrect spellings--it makes me think the photographer doesn't really care about his/her picture, so why should I? (regardless of wether this is true or not, it's how I view it)

Message edited by author 2003-11-12 13:02:53.
11/12/2003 01:05:58 PM · #17
Misspelt has always been fine in the schools I've gone to. And I just checked Webster's dictionary. Perfectly acceptable. So there. ;oP (besides, it's not the TITLE of my entry!!!!)
11/12/2003 01:16:27 PM · #18
Google.com tells me: "Did you mean: Misspelled?"
m-w.com doesn't have it (weird that your dictionary does and the website doesn't)
dictionary.com *does* offer it as a valid spelling though.

Now I'm really interested in finding out why it's accepted differently across the country (I was always taught misspelled)
Oh well, you say tomato... =)

11/12/2003 01:26:53 PM · #19
Canceled or Cancelled?
That's another one that usually throws people off. (both are valid)
11/12/2003 01:29:06 PM · #20
It most be nic to thunk so hiely of youselfs that you have to put odders doun for they're spelling. Mabe sum doesn't have the ejucation you hav or mabe not enuff time on their hands to look up wards. Mabe, jus mabe they mizpelled it and achually knew how to spel it butt was in such a hurwee that they missed there mistack. hmm...

I mispelled a title once and was told/kidded about it. I sure hope they didn't lower my score because of it.
11/12/2003 01:34:58 PM · #21
Originally posted by Sonifo:

It most be nic to thunk so hiely of youselfs that you have to put odders doun for they're spelling. Mabe sum doesn't have the ejucation you hav or mabe not enuff time on their hands to look up wards. Mabe, jus mabe they mizpelled it and achually knew how to spel it butt was in such a hurwee that they missed there mistack. hmm...

I mispelled a title once and was told/kidded about it. I sure hope they didn't lower my score because of it.


Ey vood (louh duh skor). Eischpeshallee iff ey new eet voss sum1 ass ejukatid ass yew, prietannin two bee uh villitsch eedieott. Iff yew uh nut saw ejukatid, yew shoot kip fings simpel.

Message edited by author 2003-11-12 13:41:34.
11/12/2003 01:37:01 PM · #22
What if it had been the Moan Lisa?

(and stop writing like 'Ey vood (louh duh skor). Eischpeshallee iff ey new eet voss sum1 ass ejukatid ass yew. Iff yew uh nut saw ejukatid, yew shoot kip fings simpel.' That's really hard to read!!!!!!)

Message edited by author 2003-11-12 13:39:09.
11/12/2003 01:44:49 PM · #23
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in
waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh?
11/12/2003 01:49:24 PM · #24
Originally posted by Sonifo:

It most be nic to thunk so hiely of youselfs that you have to put odders doun for they're spelling. Mabe sum doesn't have the ejucation you hav or mabe not enuff time on their hands to look up wards. Mabe, jus mabe they mizpelled it and achually knew how to spel it butt was in such a hurwee that they missed there mistack. hmm...


In my mind, not having time to look up the correct spelling of a title is akin to hanging a photo on a gallery wall with a nail and saying that you didn't have time to matt or frame it. It really has nothing to do with thinking highly of yourself, it has to do with how much you care about how your work comes across.
11/12/2003 01:55:39 PM · #25
Originally posted by mk:

In my mind, not having time to look up the correct spelling of a title is akin to hanging a photo on a gallery wall with a nail and saying that you didn't have time to matt or frame it. It really has nothing to do with thinking highly of yourself, it has to do with how much you care about how your work comes across.


Yes, I agree. And we're back on topic...
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