Sunday, 25 March 2007

Dyslexia rules KO

The television program listing magazine ‘What’s on TV‘, has in its description of tonight’s ITV1’s 9.00pm program Northanger Abbey‘, quote “ A naïve young clergyman’s daughter . . .”. We could ask how young is the clergyman and why is he judged to be naïve? In reality the clergyman is neither young nor naïve! It’s is his daughter who is young and naive. This unfortunately is a typical example of present day sloppy writing.

OK, people in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones - my blogs are not so much peppered with bad spelling and poor grammar as splattered with them. My excuse is dyslexia. What is the excuse of the ‘What’s on TV’ writer and its Editor?

Dyslexia and the way it manifests itself is very interesting. In my case my brain refuses to acknowledge the existence of certain words. (The following sentence is going to be difficult to type, because it contains those no no words). “I thing throw traing I can over come dyslexia.” . My brain always confuses throw & through and think & thing. The trouble is spellcheck doesn’t pickup the error, unlike with “traing”. My brain detects patterns in words, and decides, it can save time by dropping letters. Just typing the last sentence it deleted a ’t’ in patterns and a ’p’ in dropping. And on every occasion (just then it had a problem - should it be double ’c’ or ‘s’?), training comes out as traing - why bother with the second ’in’!

The old brain is easily confused. Walking through Westminster, I always question the origin of the street name 'Old Pye Street'. Is the street old or was it named after an old pye? And what or who was pye? Was there a Mr Pye or is it an example of a dyslexic sign writer and it was meant to be pie? But what was so important about an old pork pie that it has a street named after it? Or was it a steak and kidney pie? Yet again there could have been a Mr Pye. But I still don’t now if the pye or street is old.


B.T.Bear Esq. said...

My pet hate is wrong apostrophes.

I have NO PROBLEM AT ALL if people write them wrongly, in handwriting, blogs, emails, whatever. BUT! BUT BUT BUT! I get hot and bothered if I see something "official" that has it wrong. By "official" I suppose I mean anything that you could reasonably expect to have been proof-read. So, newspapers, magazines, road signs....

Latest is a Dry Cleaning outlet near me. It's a big chain with company livery etc. So if the poster in the window saying "Duvet's £8" had been handwritten, I'd have just tutted and walked on. But the fact that it was a 3ft square poster professionally printed up and produced in the company's font and colours etc. -grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......... it burrows in like a bug and just riles me for ages afterwards.

How on earth are children meant to know what correct punctuation looks like?


I'm a bear with a sore head again now....

Yes But said...

Danger Bear with the Sore Head ahead.

You are a person after my own heart - let it all go have a good rant.

B.T.Bear Esq. said...

Thanks I feel better for that :@)