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  1. thomas said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    Anyone who coments on this post is clearly a sad case, and needs to get a laife.

  2. Oskar said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    It's spelt "theory", you dummy! Seriously, the quality of Langauge Log posts have plummeted recently.

  3. phosphorious said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    Oscar is spelled with a 'C', dummy.

  4. Ray Girvan said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

    Theary, Theary! 0 yeth, to be thure!

  5. Nathan said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    Oscar, spelt is a kind of wheat. You meen spelled.

  6. Sili said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 1:56 pm


    "Meen" is an adverb meaning "cruel". You mean "mean".

  7. Gregory Marton said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    I wonder is plummeting what plums do when thei'r overripe?
    Mmmm…. plums…

  8. Mary said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    How true, how true — hilarious, but truly how the Internet works.

  9. Karl said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

    I don't know how we can test it. Maybe try posting something with a misspelling?

  10. Oskar said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

    Oscar is spelled with a 'C', dummy.

    This coming from a man which can't even spell "phosphorus"!

    Actually, just to prove the point of the comic, it drives me insane when people spell my name "Oscar". I'm Swedish, and here the two different spellings are both very common (according to the Swedish Bureau of Statistics, 28393 Swedish men are named "Oscar" and 42453 Swedish men are named "Oskar"), but every time I tell anyone my name, they just automatically assume that I spell it with a "c". It makes my blood boil. Seriously, if you spell my name with a "c", there is no hope of us ever being friends. That kind of rage just don't go away.

    (to add insult to injury, there's been two Swedish kings named "Oscar", and both of them spelled it like that. Stupid kings!)

  11. Kjerste said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 2:38 pm


    If you think it's bad being a Swede named "Oskar," try being an American named "Kjerste."

  12. Krischan said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    Shouldn't be there commas separating "words" in the categorie "Words words words"?

    Or is it commata in english?

  13. Rick said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

    Chill out Oscar, it's only orthography!

  14. Mr. Splashypants said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

    The narwhal bacons at midnight.

  15. Ray Girvan said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

    when people spell my name "Oscar"

    At least they don't think you're Otto, like poor Oskar von Riesenthal, near-universally misattributed as Otto von Riesenthal.

  16. John Lawler said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    Levography causes serious rage. One more piece of the right-handers' conspiracy.

  17. Zora said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

    Years ago, in the palmy days of Usenet, someone advised that one way to get a jaded newsgroup to answer your lame newbie question was to post something egregiously false re the matter in question, then settle back and watch the indignant corrections and explanations pile up.

    "I can't go to sleep! Someone is wrong on the Internet!"

  18. Nat said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    Oskar (??)

    It's spelled S-w-i-s-s.

  19. Karen said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

    Since I moved to Maryland two things happen (1) when I give a salesperson or such my name, they ask "Is that with a C?" (2) I have never met a Caren (Caryn, Carin) …

  20. Philip TAYLOR said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    I'm quite impressed by the fly-out images that the software underpinning this site supports, but why, when I click on the image at the head of this entry, does it fly out to only a fraction of its full size, forcing me to right-click and select "View image" before I can actually read the captions ?

    [(myl) Short answer: because your screen is too small, and the image too large (800×1400)]

  21. Kapitano said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

    Oh Really?
    No Way!

    Um, hang on. Did I just misspell that?

  22. D. Sky Onosson said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    @Philip TAYLOR: I have the same problem, but I am able to zoom in on the page and have the image zoom as well (CTRL-+ on the Chrome browser).

  23. Trent said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

    For this experiment to work, you need to misspell a word in your title.

  24. pam said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    Excuse me – did you know you misspelled "theory"? I came here from Twitter just to tell you.

  25. Alex said,

    November 7, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

    This is so metta.

  26. John said,

    November 8, 2009 @ 12:36 am

    My favorite mispelling is to misspel "misspell". I'm sorta disappointed that nobody seems to have done that here yet.

    I also like to ask "Who is this Miss Spelt that people are always talking about?" Is she a beauty queen from Kansas or Nebraska.

  27. Cath the Canberra Cook said,

    November 8, 2009 @ 1:39 am

    I see what you did there.

  28. Alex said,

    November 8, 2009 @ 3:30 am

    Cath the Canberra Cook? As if they've got food in Canberra. You almost had me there for a minute.

  29. Sili said,

    November 8, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    You're here, too, Cath? Why is the Internet so small?

  30. Adam said,

    November 8, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    Does Rule 34 apply to spelling flames?

  31. Dan T. said,

    November 8, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    No Whey!

  32. Oskar said,

    November 8, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    You guys suck!

  33. Ray Girvan said,

    November 9, 2009 @ 12:56 am

    John: "Who is this Miss Spelt that people are always talking about?"

    I thought it was a pretentious lady in Jane Austen's Emmer, one very fond of einkorn terms.

  34. Ray Girvan said,

    November 9, 2009 @ 12:57 am

    P.S. But given to rye humour.

  35. dwmacg said,

    November 9, 2009 @ 10:37 am

    This is an hypathesis, not a theary.

  36. Ozh said,

    November 9, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

    Please spell your titles goodly, for god sake. Or at least more good than this one.

  37. outeast said,

    November 9, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

    To me, Oskar is spelled V O D A F O N E .

    While we're sharing the spelling/typo love, I literally invariably mistypoe typoe as typoe.

  38. JESSIE said,

    November 10, 2009 @ 12:56 am

    I LOVE YOU ALL. Reading all the comets was even bedder than the tune that conspired them. Danka, Sanka Sri Lanka etc sew on and sow fourth

  39. Gwydda said,

    November 10, 2009 @ 3:53 am

    I really feal for you Oskar for you been given a name as hidious as that one. But, rest assured, anyone just a bit east of your nasty country knows it's written with 'k', not 'c'. Although I'd rather sea an 'i' at the end of the name thus spelling it Oskari.

    And I think that cartoon was apic! (Episk!)

  40. mmc said,

    November 10, 2009 @ 10:41 am

    "the quality of Langauge Log posts have plummeted recently"

    And the quality of the Language Log commets has plummeted too…

  41. jatkesha said,

    November 16, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    I leik hsit psto a tlo. Rvye pat fro teh pserent suittaion!

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