Re: Cliches and hackneyed expressions (was Re: Zhivago / Fionavar / Green Angel Tower WAS Re: [mythsoc] Not finishing books, was famfic)
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From: "Elizabeth Apgar Triano" <lizziewriter@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: Cliches and hackneyed expressions (was Re: Zhivago / Fionavar /
Green Angel Tower WAS Re: [mythsoc] Not finishing books, was famfic)
> Oh well. Spelling is such a small thing, really.
It isn't really spelling in these cases, so much as the substitution for the
correct word with another that makes complete nonsense of the
expression--_and the writer doesn't even notice_. It's not that he can't
spell; it's that he doesn't know the meaning of the words he's bandying
about. I mean, "pouring over a book," really! Nobody with an iota of sense
could possibly let that one by, but there it is; I've seen it before too.
Of course we're all guilty of slipping up from time to time; I noticed a few
choice mistakes in one of my posts from yesterday. But we shouldn't be
proud or protective of our mistakes. If I stuff up I want someone to tell
me. Many people, though, if you tell them that they've just spoken or
written nonsense, are affronted and start talking a line about how "English
is a living language"--as if any usage, however illiterate, were of equal
worth and expressiveness.