[LMB] OT: phrases to hate
t.vinson at sbcglobal.net
Sat Apr 25 21:33:35 BST 2009
I'm in the middle of reading Iain Banks's _Feersum Endjinn_".
(It works fairly well if you subvocalise, as I often do.*)
There's this bit where Bascule talks about his "weerd wirin
in mi brane so I cant spel rite", and mentions the state
of the art in spellchecking: "Iss not a problim cos u can
put eny old rubish thru practikly anyfin evin a chile's
toy & get it 2 cum out speld perfictly...& evin improvd
2 thi poynt whare yood fink u waz Bill bleedin Shaikspir
by thi langwidje." The image of Shakesper/Shakespeare/
/Shakespear/.../ as a spelling exemplar requires almost
as much WSOD as the idea of a perfect spelling/grammar
* Much easier going than Riddley Walker.
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