Friday, November 13, 2009

Where my word nerds at?

I'm not on the Twitter, but Fake AP Stylebook makes me want to sign up.
It made EW's Must List this week. Seriously, friends in proper grammar, why did we not come up with this?

A few favorite entries:

"Wannabe" is one word and can be pluralized, as in "The Chicago Manual of Style editors are lame wannabes."

Walmart is no longer spelled with a hyphen. Target is Target Corp. K-mart is still around, incredibly.

Use "quirky" to describe potentially dangerous crazy people that you don't want to upset.

Dates should be formated as MM/DD/YY except for the years 1990 through 1992, which should be denoted in 'Hammer Time.'



Leah said...

That's it. I'm starting a Twitter account with Foods Thesaurus entries.

Robin said...

it took me a few minutes to get it, not being a professional word nerd.

it is pretty funny.

Stephanie said...

I LOVE it.

Even though I am a retired word nerd.

And I just looked up the appropriate spelling and hyphenation for Crock-Pot before using it on someone's FB wall. Nerd status = secure.

Leah said...

Why didn't you just say slow cooker?

The Bakers said...

Wordnerd71 checking in to say: Gah! That is genius.

Anonymous said...

I totally don't understand any of this conversation. MM

Eric, Marilyn, and Elliott said...

"The passive voice should be avoided by you." Love it!

CitricSugar said...

The usage of MM/DD/YY format is only standard in American English. Canadian and European English formats the dare as DD/MM/YY or YY/MM/DD moving from smallest to largest or largest to smallest units in a progressive fashion. However, all regions comply with "Hammer TIme", though it is sometimes referred to as B.E.J (Before Emo Jeans).

I believe you should order that t-shirt that reads: I am the grammarian about whom your mother warned you. :-)

Word Nerds unite!!

CitricSugar said...

And then she has a typo....

[Sigh.] The comment should read "...formats the DATE as...." and not "dare" as previously typed.

Apologies. :-)

Stephanie said...

Because, Leah, I get cheap thrills from using trademarked words in public forums.