Fox News Misspells Education

July 21, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

We’re not talking about words like “Floccinaucinihilipilification.” We’re talking about “Education.” A simple word. It’s not really that hard.

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  1. You are really trying so hard, I hate to spoil it for you. I almost feel sorry for you, in a way, having invested so much into what would most easily explained as a typo.

    Let me explain it here for you.

    When someone misspells a word, it is generally because they do not know the phonetic components of that word or the letter combinations that represent them. For example, someone who doesn’t know that the common -tion ending is spelled that way, may make the mistake of spelling it as it sounds: -shun. So a true misspelling would look like “educashun.” Or they may not know that a d followed by a long u is pronounced as a j. They may spell the word “ejucashun.” That would be a proper misspelling.

    However, I find it straining credulity that someone, unfamiliar with the phonemic patterns of the English language, would somehow think that the sound produced by the combination of letters we see in “education” is just as accurately reproduced by rearranging those letters as “eductaion.”

    So, upon closer analysis, it is easy to see that some misspellings are in fact typos. Given that most such misspellings occur when typing on a computer – as opposed to writing by hand – it is easy to conclude that they are nothing more than typos.

    These typos can be classified into different groups. One is the adjacent key appended typo, where a letter that clearly does not belong can be found adjacent to a letter that does belong, and appears on one side or the other of the letter that does belong. An example would be “educvation,” where the v, which has no phonetic place in the word, sits right next to the c on the keyboard.

    Another typo is the adjacent key substitution typo, where instead of the letter that does belong, it is substituted with a letter nearby, struck by an errant finger. Such an example would be “edication.” While someone might genuinely believe that the letter that follows d is an i, a more reasonable explanation is that the person meant to hit the key just to the right, the u key. Though the spelling “dic” might be a subtle hint to someone who nitpicks about typos. It is this category of typo that brought the gamer’s word “pwned” into the lexicon, a typo of the word “owned.”

    Yet another type of typo is the transposition typo. This typo is epitomized by the popular misspelling “teh” for the word “the.” It has even, due to its frequency of occurrence, gained a sort of alternate meaning in the gamer lexicon. It often occurs when someone is typing fast and two letters, often typed by the opposite hand but not always, get reversed in the process. Another example would be the misspelling of the word “eductaion.” It would be utterly silly and beyond petty to regard this as a true misspelling since there is no reasonable way anyone would see that as phonetically accurate. Further, as the only reason it is misspelled is because the t and the a are transposed, it is quite obvious to anyone who is not going to extraordinary lengths to be a nitpicking reusable douchenozzle that is in fact a typological error rather than an educational one, so to speak.

    So I hope that clears things up for you, and you are no longer kept up late nights obsessing over the educational attainment of the editors at Fox news.

  2. …or it could be that they are just simply lazy and stupid… 😉


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