Can’t write, can’t count

Facebook exchange of the day:

Retweeted Gareth Hughes (@GarethMP):

Nice to have dinner with my kids at Parliament & then they came in & watched the debate. Some of the rules from kindy might of come in handy

 

  • XXXXXX “have”

  • XXXXXX That was why I re-tweeted it.

    The Barbarians aren’t at the gate – they’re inside, tweeting illiterately about their kids.
  • XXXXXXX Green grammar.

  • XXXXXXXX Gareth Hughes demonstrates the need for National Standards in literacy. How much do we pay these clowns?

  • XXXXXX Never mind the grammar. They got the vote wrong on a Bill tonight too. Can’t write, can’t count – they need a good dose of national standards!

7 Responses to Can’t write, can’t count

  1. Armchair Critic says:

    Often it seems that you and your spellchecker are not acquainted with each other, Ele, and the best bits of your posts are the ones you cut and paste. The most recent example is the “moral fervour” post where the “u” is omitted from the title and included in the first paragraph. No one has said anything, and if this post about grammar on Twitter had not been published I’d have not commented about the “u”.
    And before then the was the Tailban/Taliban post. Beyond a humourous minor section of the first comment the debate was all about the inappropriateness of the inference and your failure to take anyone to task over it, or acknowledge that the closest thing NZ has to the Taliban is John Key’s newest best mate’s party, the Conservatives.
    Personally I’m not fussed on the of/have mistake, which is a common one. But if it’s the best comeback that those of a blue hue have after the recent fuss that’s been made about how many National MPs are so wealthy that they have lost all touch with the electorate, that’s a pathetic response and bodes ill for National.

  2. Paranormal says:

    Was the Tailban post something to do with Liabour gender discrimination?

  3. Roger says:

    AC, before throwing stones, check you are not in a glass house.

    Given your pedantry, faux or otherwise you would be best advised to ensure your own writing was accurate.

    It is “humorous” not as you have spelt it – and you are not, by the way.

    The sentence “And before then the was the Tailban/Taliban post.” makes no sense at all.

  4. Roger says:

    Ele, perhaps the tweets reflect the dizzy height to which Hughes has risen – he was after all led away by the Rozzers in a Ronald McDonald outfit. Maybe he lied on the form?

  5. Armchair Critic says:

    AC, before throwing stones, check you are not in a glass house.
    Fair enough. It’s difficult to drive in traffic and comment on blogs at the same time, especially on a smart phone. Try it some day and see how much better you can do.
    Given your pedantry, faux or otherwise you would be best advised to ensure your own writing was accurate.
    Why not, and I think it would be doubly so for someone who is a trained journalist, wouldn’t you think? I mean “you did it too” is not the most compelling argument. But fair cop, you got me on a couple of things. It seems like my opinion of pedantry has either not been expressed well enough, or has gone over your head. I’m inclined to think the latter, because no one else has said anything either on or off blog and because you’ve focussed solely on minor issues, ignoring the larger issues mentioned in the comment. As is your right.
    It is “humorous” not as you have spelt it…
    Indeed. It seems I have learned two things today. Thanks
    – and you are not, by the way.
    I’m sure I don’t care, especially because I wasn’t trying to be funny. It is possible that it’s just your sense of humour, and others found it funny, but we have no independent evidence either way.
    The sentence “And before then the was the Tailban/Taliban post.” makes no sense at all.
    Sure, it makes no sense if you can’t work out what the incorrect word is. A technique often used is to try to figure out the meaning from the context of the rest of the comment. It’s notable that you are motivated enough to comment, but apparently not motivated enough to try to work out the meaning.

  6. Blokeinauckland says:

    Oh, I worked it it all right. Just, given your post was an exercise in grammar and spelling I felt obliged to point out your own errors. It’s probably an unfortunate affectation but I find the quality of a post is influenced by the correctness of the grammar and spelling. If that is in error it reflects badly on the poster.

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