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Thursday, October 11, 2007

"lITERALLY"

When I tell people I have a blog and they ask me what it’s about I usually come up with something like “I kind of post about all the neat and awesome stuff I find on the internet. Especially if it has pretty pictures.” Needless to say I don’t really have a terse and concise way of describing exactly what it is I blog about. This however is certainly not the case for the next few blogs I want to tell you about. These are extremely niche blogs whose writers have an almost rabid, rather remarkable obsession with their specific subject (more like pet peeves than subjects, really), rarely, if ever, shifting their focus. They all deal with some sort of linguistic faux pas (be it punctuation, capitalization or misuse), instances of which they systematically catalogue and ridicule. My kind of people! Let’s have an in depth look:

Blog: The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks
Tagline: Making fun of bad punctuation since 2005
Blogger: “Bethany”
Examples:

  • Home made “soup”
  • Danger, “men working” above
  • This is America, when ordering we "speak English"


Blog: lowercase L
Tagline: Ever notice hand-written signs with letters in all-caps, except for the letter L? It looks like an uppercase i ... WHY DO PEOPlE WRITE lIKE THIS?
Blogger: William Levin
Examples:

  • PlEASE ClOSE THE DOOR.
  • FREE DElIVERY.
  • THE PHARMACY IS OUT OF PlAN B.


Blog: Literally, A Web Log
Tagline: An English language grammar blog tracking abuse of the word “literally”
Blogger: Fitz
Examples:

  • "…and they thought we were literally two peas in a pod."
  • "It’s literally raining cats in the Puget Sound area, as local shelters are overrun with felines."
  • "Villanova basketball star Allan Ray had his eyeball literally poked out of its socket by an opposing player in a recent game."


THOSE BlOGS ARE lITERALLY THE MOST “AWESOME” THINGS I HAVE “EVER” SEEN.

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