Monday, April 03, 2006

Style notes

It's been noted by some of our commenters (recently in comments here) that some of our posts include English spellings (such as "humour" and so forth). I have been adhering to American spellings, if only because that's reflexively what ends up on the screen when I start typing a word. This is a problem, however, because every publication needs to hold to consistent spelling, grammar and punctuation style. So I believe this situation necessitates the first-ever meeting of the Americans Amuck style committee.

Given that I have tended to adhere to American spellings, I will argue for such.

Mrs. W, given that she seems to waver toward English spellings, will argue for that alternative.

Chairing the meeting will be a nice bottle of Bordeaux.

Whoever's still awake after three hours wins.

21 Comments:

Blogger zeditor said...

While a bottle of Bordeaux no doubt makes a great style arbiter, what you really need at a time like this is an EDITOR. And you know where to find one.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the meeting of the minds (moderated by the Bordeaux) research English spellings for some terms/phrases from days gone by, such as "boomerisms", "slushbowls" and "fragrance ala cloey". Oh, the blogs I could share on ole' kemptonslim.

7:55 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

I know both you people. You don't let the man boss you. Do you? CMON. Use whatever spellings you damn well want. Drop some crazy Shakespeare on our arses and coin some mad new mots. Language isn't written in stone like some Schoolmarmy Scaliatype might have you believe. Create a whitey pidgeon. Am i crazy here? cmon?

10:53 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

I agree with CHB. My earlier comments were not a criticism, just an observation. I would certainly be the last one to endorse obeying anything that Smitty has to say. But I think you should still drink the Bordeaux.

11:10 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

When is the meeting?

12:45 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

OK, who is the anonymous commenter above? Somebody who knows me well, although my chief suspect denies ....

8:48 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

We had a bottle of claret last night, but we were too caught up watching Futurama to discuss the proper spellings.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous 6 a.m.them singer said...

The chief suspect is indeed curious himself.......sounds like a connoisseur of "beef and cheddar".....

How did you come upon this blog?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

We know who he is. And his email has been taken by force!

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems as though I've caused Ole' Smitty to raise an eye. I'd hate to think I caused him to drink a bottle of straight Vermouth over the situation, which, by the way, I've seen him do.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Careful, anonymous, (if that is your real name, Duke) my family reads this blog too!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but times gone by...past is past! Don't worry, I won't tell the REAL interesting stuff...

4:03 PM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

No, no, please tell the real stuff. We're all dying to hear.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Oh, Lord.

Well, I suppose it happens to all celebrities sooner or later ....

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitty doesn't the STAR or other tabloids when he's got friend like me to smear his "good name". Don't worry, Smitty, I'll impose a gag order on myself.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

A "celebrity?" I really don't think that 10 people reading your blog makes you a celebrity. All of this sounds so adolescent male to me!

12:34 AM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

"Adolescent male" - now THAT would make good reading. Anonymous, now what could you tell us about former adolescent males of your acquaintance?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Oh, heavens, I was joking.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

"Oh, Lord," "Oh, heavens?" These phrases certainly don't sound like someone who would have a, shall we say, "checkered" past. This Anonymous sounds like he's just blowing smoke.

8:00 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

I'm not so sure about that, MK. It could be someone with a checkered past who is now seeking redemption. Someone with a name like Smitty is likely to be somewhat shady.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous ByeByeBergie said...

what you people with the weird last name need is a style guide. I reckon you can pick one up on Ebay from time to time.

4:44 AM  

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