video: Welcome to you’re “DOOM!”

After poking a bit of fun at Gilahi needing a proofreader as he was making fun of someone else needing the same, I was reminded of this quick scene from Frisky Dingo. Every day at the office, someone sends an e-mail or provides us with web copy that just proves spell-check is a nice tool, but it can’t think for you:

[flv:strunk.flv 480 360]

Just this week, I’ve seen the your/you’re misstep used at least once a day. And recently we had to come up with a polite way to tell a client, “Um, we think you might want to have someone else in your office proofread this first. You know, just in case we made any typos.” Seriously, some of the sentences provided us were barely English, but I figured it would be best to make us look like the guilty party. 🙄

Thanks to a tweet from mazzie, I have been given permission to use the grammar stick. Would it be a bad thing to add “Send a postcard to Strunk & White!” to my office e-mail signature…?* 😈

* And yes, I proofread this entry about ten times before publishing it.

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10 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I worship this clip.

  2. Gilahi says:

    Really… Does misspelling an odd name like “Degeneres” fall into the same category as “you’re ‘DOOM'”? 🙂 I could’ve looked it up on the web, but that’s no guarantee of proper spelling.

    I’ve come across a half dozen or so posts recently where people don’t know the difference between “lose” and “loose”. I hate that.

    latest entry: I Know You’re All Wondering Why I Called You Here

  3. brian says:

    @Chris: Bless you, my child.

    @Gilahi: Considering that most people don’t even know her last name, no it doesn’t. Just yesterday I sent a client a note that an auto-generated data table had the word Reciepts in it and to update the source data. Took a few e-mails back and forth before she realized that it wasn’t the correct spelling.

    (Naturally her e-mail client was correcting the word when she replied, making it all the more troublesome.)

  4. kyle says:

    And let’s not even get on the subject of grammar and spelling in the commnets.

  5. brian says:

    @kyle: grammar and spelling in the commnets — No… let’s not. :mrgreen:

  6. Kyle says:

    Of course, the beauty of the whole episode is that it has this grammar joke in the middle of the overarching absurdity of announcing your plans to doom the planet by mass-mailed post cards. Killface, the ultimate NERD!

    And the beauty of blogs are the wackos in the commnets. There, I said it, and I am proud of ti.

    latest entry: maybe it was because i won’t let him surf the web

  7. geoff says:

    You’re doing God’s Work. I read professional copy all the time at work, and it makes my teeth spin to read the constant barrage of loose/lose and you’re/your. We all make mistakes, surely, but lately I have noticed some folks trying to drop the “n” from “an”. What is THAT coming from? Have you ever tried to say “I went to a alchemist’s and bought a eagle a unstable element and a indigo snake from a ancient man”? Yech. Of course you haven’t. No one with any sense would do such a thing, since Indigo Snakes are clearly on the endangered species list, and any alchemist willing to sell such is clearly a practitioner of the dark arts.

    Anyway, yes.

    latest entry: SomaCow 312: Betty vs Veronica

  8. Adam says:

    “Welcome to your doom” is also well known from the beginning of boss fights in Altered Beast, one of the earlier titles to ship with the Sega Genesis.

    Just had to share. =)

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