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"His wonderful performance, lifting the human dumbell."

That's "Today's featured picture" at Wikipedia, from the article on Eugen Sandow. I love the poster, and I love the idea of a literal human dumbell.Is "dumbell" the correct spelling? The OED has "dumb-bell." The double "B" is important to understanding the meaning. From the unlinkable OED:1. (a) Formerly, An apparatus, like that for swinging a church-bell, but without the bell itself, and thus making no noise, in the ‘ringing’ of which bodily exercise was taken. (b) Also, applied to a similar ...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Language, Posters, Spelling, COLLIER, Ann Althouse, Eugen Sandow, Lewis Babbitt

Mueller's name is quickly disappearing from the pages of mainstream media.

Sometimes one letter at a time....I've noticed that The Washington Post and The New York Times have practically scrubbed the name Mueller from their pages. Over at New York Magazine, they're changing the focus to Hillary and they've pared his name down to "Muller." What happened to the "e"? Maybe it's gone the way of Hillary's e-mail. Can you believe they're pushing the problem of those crazy Republicans who can't let go of their Hillary hatred? The story is the insane vortex of hatred for Donal...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Donald Trump, Hillary, New York Magazine, Spelling, Müller, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Hillary's in trouble, Fake News, taking responsibility for the Russia hoax

I'm reading "I'm so, so, so sorry: A Baby Boomer apologizes on behalf of his generation."

By Steven Papamarcos (at The NY Daily News):Dear Gen Xers and Millenials...Well, first you're going to have to apologize for misspelling "millennials." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Millennials, Apologies, Spelling, Ny Daily News, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Ann Althouse, Steven Papamarcos

Word of the week: Cacography

You’d think I’d have known this word for years and years instead of for just a few days, because cacography describes a wide swath of brand naming. Also, I like -graphy words in general (choreography, biography, typography, cinematography, lexicography, orography), all of which have some connection to writing, which is what the Greek root graphein signifies. And I’m also (immaturely) drawn to words beginning with cac- and kak-, my very favorite being kakistocracy. The front part of those cac- a...
Tags: Google, Books, Usage, Linguistics, Greek, Mark Twain, Random House, Branding, Spelling, Dreyer, Caesars, Caesars Palace, Naming, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman, Benjamin Dreyer Benjamin

Tori Spelling Ordered to Pay American Express More Than $88,000 

Tori Spelling has been ordered to pay more than $88,000 to American Express, according to court documents obtained by Us Weekly.  Stars at Court The credit card company filed a writ of execution, a court order forcing a judgement, earlier this month to collect $88,246.55 from the 45-year-old actress, according to the docs. Back in January 2016, American Express sued Spelling after she failed to pay her credit card debt for months. The following October, AmEx filed paperwork ordering ...
Tags: Religion, Beverly Hills, American Express, Tori Spelling, Stella, Celeb Gossip, US Weekly, Finn, Spelling, McDermott, Liam, Hattie, City National Bank, Aaron Spelling, Brian Austin Green, Dean McDermott

Beware! The Real Estate Grammar Police Is Watching! ;)

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Tags: Real Estate, Funny, Fail, Ad, Fun, Radio, Grammar, Just For Fun, Spelling, TYPO, Typos

Wow! Burger King made fun of Trump. (Who does Burger King think eats at Burger King?)

Think of how much of a laughingstock a president has to become to have *Burger King* make fun of him. Sad.— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 16, 2019 In case you don't get the reference, Trump recently tweeted "Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc" (reported in "Trump’s ‘Hamberders’ Tweet Becomes Fodder for Late-Night Laughs" (NYT)). ADDED: Maybe Burger King's tweet is affectionate. I shouldn't accept t...
Tags: Law, Burger King, Spelling, Trump, Hamburger, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, George Conway

"The president of the United States has many faults, but let’s not ignore this one: He cannot write sentences."

"If a tree falls in a forrest and no one is there to hear it … wait: Pretty much all of you noticed that mistake, right? Yet Wednesday morning, the president did not; he released a tweet referring to 'forrest fires' twice, as if these fires were set by Mr. Gump. Trump’s serial misuse of public language is one of many shortcomings that betray his lack of fitness for the presidency. Trump’s writing suggests not just inadequate manners or polish—not all of us need be dainty—but inadequate thought. ...
Tags: Comics, Supreme Court, Law, White House, United States, Jane Austen, Random House, Hemingway, Spelling, Wilson, Trump, John Keats, John Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Andrew Jackson

Is Google programmed to teach us not to write "Democrat Party"?!

In a post earlier this morning, I noticed the congressional Democrats have something called "New Democrat Coalition" and wondered why they accepted using "Democrat" like that when they adamantly oppose "Democrat Party." It's a coalition of Democrats, so Democrat Coalition is fine grammatically. You can use a noun as an adjective when it makes sense. It's the Optimist Club, not the Optimistic Club. Why rankle at "Democrat Party"? And why think you're insulting them by calling it the "Democrat Par...
Tags: Google, Law, Israel, Grammar, Republican Party, Rats, Spelling, Democratic Party, Democrat Party, Hertzberg, Ann Althouse, Optimist Club, Hendrik Hertzberg, New Democrat Coalition, Mesquito, Democrat Coalition

No "smocking" gun.

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018 It's not a typo if you do it twice. The question is whether it's a deliberate misspelling to infuse the message with virality. "Smocking" is what makes this speci...
Tags: Law, Russia, Spelling, James Comey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Comey, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

"Folks, it's the internet. how he spells or chooses to spell on the internet has no connection to how smart he actually is."

"i'm a university graduate and i've gone on illegible keysmashes repeatedly. get off your soapboxes."That's the top-rated comment on "A College Student In Florida Was Arrested For Threatening To Kill A Professor For Scheduling A 7 A.M. Final/Rafael Decomas told police he had no real intent to harm anyone" (Buzzfeed).The tweet in question read, "Bey I gern fucking kill dis professor bey this is my confession to a premeditated murder."I'll just leave it at that. I need another cup of covfefe. [Aut...
Tags: Florida, Law, Stupid, Threats, Spelling, Ann Althouse, Rafael Decomas

Tech We’re Using: How the Digital Era Has Changed the Daily Crossword

Puzzle design programs, word databases and web searches to help vet an answer: These are some of the tools that Sam Ezersky, assistant puzzles editor, uses in his job.
Tags: News, New York Times, Will, Spelling, Computers and the Internet, Shortz, Mobile Applications, Crossword Puzzles, Fagliano, Joel (Crossword Constructor, Sam Ezersky


I'm reading "The Worst Things Men Do While Traveling, According to Women/These ticks are why you can’t stop fighting on vacation." I'm reading it because Meade sent it to me and because I'm curious if there are real, blood-sucking ticks or if it's a way to refer to "ticking" off items on that list of "worst things." Or do they mean "tics"?! Oh, man, one of the worst things men do while traveling (and while not traveling) is misuse language.I've already read articles on this subject and I know th...
Tags: Travel, Law, Relationships, Spelling, Meade, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, Misreadings

"Chani Nicholas doesn’t care for the hulking Alex Katz painting, depicting a trio of suited white men, hanging behind the front desk of the Langham hotel in New York. It reminds her of the patriarchy..."

"... she tells me one rainy, starless night in February, as we take the elevator up to her hotel suite and sit on the couch. We’re wrapping up a conversation about privilege, gender equality and the zodiac when Nicholas, who’s become popular on Instagram as a kind of social-justice astrologer, notices a different art piece hovering behind her. This one, she likes. The painting, titled 'Mona,' portrays a woman who shares a striking resemblance to Nicholas – dark hair with tight curls, sharp brown...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Law, Sunglasses, Transgender, Brooklyn, Nyt, John, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Astrology, Mona, Spelling, Alex Katz

"In a trend that is not new or surprising, white women seem to be adopting the features of black women on social media in their quest..."

"... to develop themselves as models and influencers. The most recent iteration of this is Swedish Instagram model Emma Hallberg, who shocked some of her followers when they realized she was white.... Hallberg, for her part, has denied trying to intentionally look black; one Twitter user posted what appears to be a DM conversation with the influencer, in which she wrote, 'I’m white and I never claimed to be anything else… I’m NOT "posing" as a colored person as you claim.'... 'I do not see mysel...
Tags: Instagram, Law, Models, Cultural Appropriation, Spelling, Deja, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Garner (the Word, Hallberg, Emma Hallberg, Be Black New York Magazine

Why Is It ‘Cancelled’ in the UK, But ‘Canceled’ in America?

Is it true that extraneous letters were dropped from certain words in American English because newspapers charged by the letter for advertising?
Tags: UK, News, America, English, Dictionary, Spelling, Noah Webster

"Anne, you are funny. The things that rile you. That's why we love you. But 'dirty?'"

"It was an infraction, for sure, but 'dirty' is reserved for intentionally trying to hurt a player."Wrote stonethrower (calling me by my first name and spelling it wrong), in the comments to my post on Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, in which I said, about Manny Machado, "Look how dirty he played twice when sliding into second."After Game 4, last night, I now have Christian Yelich to back me up: "Machado called ‘dirty player’ by Yelich after benches clear" (WaPo):“He’s a playe...
Tags: Law, Milwaukee, Baseball, Spelling, Anne, Manny Machado, Stephen Watson, Machado, Yelich, Christian Yelich, Ann Althouse, Stonethrower, Manny Machado Look

Reel Estait – Speling Not Recwired

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Tags: Real Estate, Radio, Spell, Just For Fun, Spelling, Grammer, Misspelt, Sign

"Althouse: If you say 'Harumph' you must Link!"

Says Madison Man, in the comments to a post where I said "Harrumph!" He links to this:Fantastic! My post has an embedded clip from "Putney Swope," because it has a line — "How many syllables, Mario?" — that I have held in my memory for half a century. But there's no chance that I'd have dragged up "Harrumph," because — can you believe it? — I have never seen "Blazing Saddles."Is it "harrumph" or "harumph"? Double letters are the peskiest spelling problem. The OED says the double-r is correct. It...
Tags: Movies, Law, Mario, Mel Brooks, Spelling, Henry, Ann Althouse, Althouse, Madison Man, Putney Swope

Name in the wild: HODL FUEL

I spotted this truck a couple of weeks ago at the foot of Van Ness Avenue, near San Francisco’s Municipal Pier.   “HODL FUEL: Coffee For the Crypto Masses. #PayWithLiteCoin.” Note: Because it lacks calories, coffee is not technically a fuel.   HODL FUEL – both words are shoutily capitalized, and the first word rhymes with “model,” like the name of one of Tevye’s daughters in Fiddler on the Roof – is a coffee company based in Vienna, Virginia, according to the trademark application file...
Tags: San Francisco, Linguistics, Crypto, Fiat, Food And Drink, Btc, Financial Times, Satoshi Nakamoto, Bay Area, Spelling, Lambo, Van Ness Avenue, Naming, Nancy Friedman, Vienna Virginia, In the Wild

September linkfest

Mountain Dew, the neon-yellow-green soft drink brand owned by PepsiCo, evidently failed to consult anyone in Scotland before it introduced its new ad slogan, “Epic thrills start with a chug.” If it had, it would have learned that chug is Scottish slang for masturbate. (Jelisa Castrodale for Vice, via Language Log)   That word: It does not mean what you think it means. Not in Scotland, anyway. (Via @jaysebro)   * You know about the Wayback Machine. But did you know about the Web Design M...
Tags: Apple, Echo, Books, Fashion, Wtf, Technology, Writing, Scotland, Advertising, Marketing, Story, Chicago, Atlantic, United States, Web/Tech, Signs

'It sounded like you said 'robot waffles.'"

Me, responding to Meade, who re-articulated: "'Robot brothels.' They're 'dehumanizing and dangerous.'"Me, looking for the link to whatever he's reading: "Are you really reading 'dehumanizing and dangerous'?" Because I was Googling that phrase and not finding the article. Suddenly: "Oh! It's in a British paper!"The headline in The Sun: "BAD BOTS Sex robots BACKLASH as brothel workers reveal fury over ‘dehumanising and dangerous’ droids."Me, looking at the photograph and laughing: "It's funny how ...
Tags: Law, Prostitution, Robots, Spelling, Meade, Waffles, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Laughing, Era of That's Not Funny

"TPUSA Members Quit in Protest of ‘Exploiting’ Mollie Tibbetts’ Death/Iowans in the right-wing campus org resigned..."

"... after accusing Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk of seeking to ‘exploit’ a student’s murder to suit an anti-immigrant ‘political agenda'" (The Daily Beast).In a letter penned by executive board members of the university’s chapter of Turning Point USA—a pro-Trump non-profit organization for campus conservatives—the University of Iowa chapter said that following the discovery of rising sophomore Mollie Tibbetts’ body in a cornfield on Tuesday, the chapter’s president purportedly received a messa...
Tags: Murder, Law, Vogue, Orgasm, Spelling, Trump, Owens, University of Iowa, Candace, Nick Gillespie, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Turning Point USA, Social Autopsy, Candace Owens, Trump and immigration

On the Visual Thesaurus: That extra S

The inspiration for my July column for the Visual Thesaurus came from a magazine ad for a Schick razor.   “Shave forwards and backwards”   When I worked as a copyeditor, I was trained to lop off the s at the end of words like forward and backward. It’s what American editors do (but not our British counterparts, who tend to keep the s at the end of all those directional -ward words). Yet here was an ad in an American magazine for an American brand, and here were forwards and backwards...
Tags: Nordstrom, Tesco, Atlantic, United States, Editing, Linguistics, Newton, Spelling, Macy, Nancy Friedman, Visual Thesaurus, Schick, Carl Nordstrom, Rowland Hussey Macy, Thomas E Stockwell, Jack Cohen

"Poor" Trump! He can't catch a break!

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Spelling, Ann Althouse, President Trump

Big day in the Supreme Court — "the last scheduled day, but they could easily add another day if they wanted to."

I'm following the live blog at SCOTUSblog.UPDATE 1: The first case is Abbot v. Perez, a 5-4 decision about racial gerrymandering in Texas:ALITO, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and KENNEDY, THOMAS, and GORSUCH, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed a concurring opinion,in which GORSUCH,J.,joined. SOTOMAYOR,J.,filed a dissenting opinion, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, and KAGAN, JJ., joined.From Alito's majority opinion:It was the challengers’ burden to show that the 2013 Le...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Commerce, American Express, Redistricting, Ohio, Amex, Spelling, Thomas, Perez, Sonia Sotomayor, Legislature, Alito, Sotomayor

Fun and helpful blog on homophones is coming out as a book

The blog Homophones, Weakly helps young learners and iffy spellers master English homophones with fun and simple graphic mnemonics. Now, it's coming out as a book. (more…)
Tags: Post, Family, Kids, News, Learning, Words, Spelling, Homonyms, Homophone

Why Have So Many South Asian-Americans Won the Spelling Bee?

Nineteen of the last 23 winners have been of South Asian descent. We asked a filmmaker about the phenomenon.
Tags: News, Spelling, Scripps National Spelling Bee, Sam Rega, Asian-Americans, Karthik Nemmani

A Texas Wild Card Wins Spelling Bee With ‘Koinonia’

Karthik Nemmani, a 14-year-old who had never won a state or regional bee, bested veteran contenders to take the top prize at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Tags: News, Spelling, Scripps National Spelling Bee, Koinonia, Merriam-Webster Inc, Indian-Americans, Karthik Nemmani

Sunday Routine: How Neel Iyer, Hot-Shot Speller, Spends His Sundays

With the national tournament coming up, he’s working his way through the dictionary — but still finds time for pancakes, soccer and “Doctor Who.”
Tags: News, Spelling, Scripps National Spelling Bee, Iyer, East Side Middle School, Neel, Education (K-12, Manhattan (NYC