Yes, I know that there are two spelling errors in the title of this blog posting. I made those two errors in the hopes that they would cancel each other out and make the title correct. But I guess I proved the point that to wrongs DON’T make a rite…er…two wrongs don’t make a right.
English – what a wonderfully dastardly language! I’ve written on the foibles of our language before, and I’m sure I’ll do so again. But how can I not write about the language when it is so incredibly rich in homonyms, homophones, synonyms and cinnamon buns!
Consider a sentence like “Mr. Wright is never right when he writes about rites.” Unless you see it in print, it almost doesn’t make sense, but when you see the spelling, all is made clear.
But then again, consider the sentence “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo“. It sounds like nonsense, it looks like nonsense, but if you read the linked Wikipedia article, you will see that the above is a grammatically correct sentence (although, perhaps not true in reality).
Perhaps the only down-side to having a good grasp on the English language is having to put up with those who don’t. I’d as soon listen to nails on a chalkboard than hear grammatically incorrect speech, or read sentences with spelling errors (although deliberate errors in grammar or spelling can be rather amusing if used to make a point).
In summary: English – a beautiful, complex, wonderful language – just make sure you spell things write!