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I think that this yearbook committee should be given a coveted "Dr.G. Pullet Surprise", which I award each year to the three most unique misspellings I receive from a paper/final written by an undergrad or grad student. For security reasons, I don't name the student who wrote the word/phrase with its unique misspelling.

Here is the award winning nomination --

"There are some red faces on a New Brunswick high school's yearbook committee, as the recently released 2007 retrospective has a few glaring spelling errors.

The page devoted to Fredericton High School principal Ann Krause and her vice-principals spells their titles, in large type, as "principle."

There's also a two-page spread dedicated to arts and "liturature." "


N.B. yearbook pays tribute to 'liturature'
 

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Good one, CR. No, it came about when I read an essay about Joseph Pullet and the Pullet Surprise that was created in his name. You and I know these as the Pulitzer Prize awards.
 

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The local elementary school has an illuminated sign out front that they use for event announcements. Last week it was "Volenteer appreciation night".

You'd think someone in a school would know how to use a dictionary.....

:lmao:
 

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I give this to my students each semester, along with a hint about the proper use of good and well.

How to Write Real Good


1. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

4. It Is wrong to ever split an infinitive, in spite of what the Oxford
Dictionary now says!

5. Avoid using a cliche like the plague. (They're old hat)

6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

7. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

8. Be more or less specific.

9. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.

10. No sentence fragments.

11. Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.

12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's
highly superfluous.

14. Never generalize.

15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

16. Don't use no double negatives.

17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

20. The passive voice is to be avoided.

21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words
however should be enclosed in commas.

22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice.

23. Kill all exclamation points!!!

24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

25. Don't write an incomplete

26. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth
earthshaking ideas.

27. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.

28. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate
quotations. Tell me what you know."

29. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist
hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it effectively.

30. Puns are for children, not for groan readers.

31. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

32. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

33. Who needs rhetorical questions?

34. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

And finally...

35. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
 

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I was given this by a student in return.

AISI, w’r cr8ing a gNR8N of kdz hu l%k 4 d EZ Waot. E123 n qickr thN
TLKn F2F; itz X-I-10 2 TLK n cod 2, bt B4 Uno it, d situ s OOC. ONTH, 2
cr8, U uz yr hed n dats Gr8!



Scroll down for the translation.






Translation: As I see it, we’re creating a generation of kids who look
for the easy way out. It’s easy as one, two, three and quicker than
talking face-to-face, and exciting to talk in code, but before you know
it, the situation is out of control. On the other hand, to create is to
use your head and that’s great!
 

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26. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth
earthshaking ideas.

Understatement or exaggeration?

Perhaps "Understatement is possibly a good way to put forth earthshaking ideas" would be better.

Did I understate it enough?
 

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When my son was in elementary school his teacher used to send us notes full of errors in spelling and grammar. I was sorely tempted to correct them with a red pencil and send them back, but she was a nice young woman and it really wasn't her fault. The rot in English education set in long before her time in high school. Lucky for me that standards were still high in the mid-1960s when I went to school.
 
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