The Grammar Cop is continuing to switch things up a little in the Friday Follies Field of Flaws. Today’s gaffes focus on spelling.
- CNN.COM: “Uber to pay $100M in laber suits” – Let us ponder this headline offered up by a major North American news organization. Let us ponder how it is that anyone over the age of say, 10, who works at this organization, still does not know how to spell labor (labour – in Canada, Britain, and maybe a few other countries). Let us sigh in unison.
- TOO MANY NORTH AMERICANS: “Congradulations” – Nooooo! The word is congratulations.
- TOO MANY NORTH AMERICANS AGAIN: “Kindergarden” – Nooooo again! It’s kindergarten. Why, you may ask? Because it is not a “garden” of “kinder.” The word kindergarten is of German origin, and retains its German spelling. In German, “garden” becomes garten. The whole word translates into English as “garden of children.” Isn’t that nice? It is, when it’s spelled right.
That’s it. That’s all.