Friday, November 30, 2007

How I hope this is a joke

Posted on the bulletin board of a Norwegian institution of higher learning (thanks for the tip, Pigeon):

I need a englich teatchher!

I need a english teatesher, my engleish is wery good, bot neads perfektion! youst to tiop everything off, i am now seartching for ein english (lærear) teacher to lern me the perfekt englich. can you add perfektion to my englich, send AN mail to me(meg) ASAP

...and then a student email addy.

Awesome, unless it's an actual ad placed by a student in a Norwegian institution of higher learning, in which case it's freakin' sad. Even if it's an extreme case of dyslexia, this doesn't fly. To paraphrase a famous line from "Pulp Fiction" - Spellchecker motherf*cker: Do you use it?

Not that using a spellchecker guarantees anything, though. In the wonderful book "How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper" by Robert A. Day, there's a poem which is quite pertinent to this topic:

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC;
It plainly marks four my revue
Mistakes I cannot sea.
I've run this poem threw it,
I'm sure your pleased too no,
Its letter perfect in its weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.


Pigeon said...

What's wrong with this poem.
Perfect as far as I'm concerned !

BTW cite your references W.

Wilhelm said...

That wasn't a citation?

Cathy said...

No, this is not a joke, he really needs an English teacher :P

Wilhelm said...

Tru, tru.............but the only person who might be able to help him or her "top it off" towards perfection is a main character in The New Testament. Either him or his alleged father.