Hat Tip: Miss Cellania


  1. #1 Joel
    June 2, 2009

    What the graph doesn’t show is the number of well deserved flames. You know, when someone typo’s calling someone an idiot. It happens far too often, like this.


  2. #2 Cath
    June 2, 2009

    “Typos”, even when verbed, would not include an apostrophe.

    You know, Joel, there is a law that any internet spelling or grammar flame must itself contain a grammar or spelling mistaek. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. #3 Richard Simons
    June 2, 2009

    “Subsequent flaming though comments by people with equally bad grammar and spelling”

    Excuse me, Miss Cellania! 😉

  4. #4 Joel
    June 2, 2009

    Cath, thanks for the tip. 🙂

  5. #5 Stephanie Z
    June 2, 2009

    Just catching up on Facebook, where one of my friends “thinks grammatically incorrcect grafiti is pretty lame.”

  6. #6 llewelly
    June 3, 2009

    The portions for ‘ignored by reader’ and ‘Subsequent flaming though comments by people with equally bad grammar and spelling’ should be transposed.

  7. #7 DuWayne
    June 3, 2009

    Weel if thim fuking morans wood lurn too spel, weed bee niser two thim!!!!

  8. #8 Jason Thibeault
    June 3, 2009

    What about flaming by people with good grammar and spelling? e.g.:

    Damn you all and your incoherent rantings! In the future, please refrain from repeatedly licking the keyboard rather than using your hands, in your efforts to type what would no doubt otherwise be a magnum opus of insight and wisdom. Rather than a worthwhile comment, you have produced a seemingly random arrangement of letters that, in some circles, might pass for communication, but around these parts exposes you as no better than a random sentence generator the likes of which are used by spammers to fool spam filters. Leave this blog, and never again darken its comment threads! You are a blight upon the internet, and if there be a god, may it have mercy on your soul.

  9. #9 Miss Cellania
    June 3, 2009

    Richard, I didn’t create the graph; I just found it (and relate to it, since I can’t even touch type). You might notice “Erriors” also.

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    June 3, 2009

    Sometimes I type several words with my fingers on the wrong keys. Then I delete them. But I always think, “One of these days, I’m going to work this into a blog post.”

  11. #11 Tommy
    June 5, 2009

    Can we flame Cath for inventing the verb, erm, “to verb”?

    It has just knocked “to medal” off top spot in the “utterly unimportant language foibles Tommy finds find inexplicably annoying” chart.

  12. #12 Stephanie Z
    June 5, 2009

    Sorry, Tommy. No you can’t.

  13. #13 Greg Laden
    June 5, 2009

    Tommy is very funny, using the verb “flame” (recently converted from noun status” in this particular context….

  14. #14 Jason Thibeault
    June 5, 2009

    Greg is very funny, mistaking a close-parentheses for a doublequote.

    And bonus points for anyone who can point out my intentionally inserted error here!

  15. #15 Greg Laden
    June 5, 2009

    Jason is very funny, for not getting what an emoticon frown looks like and for failure to understand my elliptical.

  16. #16 erin
    June 5, 2009

    eehehee I love the high-and-mighty (friend’s facebook status):

    “learn how to spell people. Im f-ing sick of reading “your” instead of “you’re” and hearing txt speak (u, ur, wat, DAT, DIS, ARGHHH)”

    But I always thought there was an apostrophe in “I’m” (i’m giving a pass to “txt” but I don’t know why). Regardless, I love the girl who posted this, and am not going to flame her (we *are* friends).

    I’m not big on this spelling and grammar critique business unless it’s actually in order to be helpful. If you’re smart enough, you can figure out what they meant.

    Best typo realization and pre-empt to flaming ever, though: “oh sh*t, i missed my period”

  17. #17 sexysofie
    July 12, 2009

    thanx 4 a gr8 post. your terrific. their are many people that irritate me immensely with there bad grammer and puctuation and spelling. i always flame them and correct them.
    ain’t you proud that i spelled immensely correctely? i lukd it up. haha, can’t flame me!!!

  18. #18 AHJ
    July 12, 2009

    Actually, “typo’s” is perfectly correct (except that it was probably done for the wrong reason), because the apostrophe is representing omitted characters (rather than a possessive form). If you insist on “typo” being a word, a slangy back construction from “typographical” and the beatnik “-o” suffix or some such, then you would likely reject it out of hand as a contraction.


  19. #19 LOLOLWTF
    July 13, 2009


  20. #20 Dave
    July 13, 2009

    I suppose none of you have heard of Netiquette?
    Perhaps, just perhaps, some, if not all need a lesson in it.


    Either that or I’ve been on in internet too long.

  21. #21 Nick Koomen
    July 13, 2009

    I like how the poster spelled ‘error’ wrong in the title.
    I guess to see if the readers caught it in order to avoid the ‘not noticed’ category.

  22. #22 John
    July 13, 2009

    THerEs a tYPo in tHe TiTle. Shouldnt it bee “typos” ?

  23. #23 Tommo
    July 13, 2009

    Arrrgh. As soon as I finished looking at the chart, I scrolled down to these comments and waited for someone to make a joke about the spelling/grammer in another persons comment. It happened in the SECOND COMMENT. People of the internet: STOP BEING SO DAMN PREDICTABLE!!!!

  24. #24 Stephanie Z
    July 13, 2009

    Oh, look. A concern troll. How original.

  25. #25 Jason Thibeault
    July 13, 2009

    Tommo: “person’s”.

    Just saying. 🙂

  26. #26 Jason Thibeault
    July 13, 2009

    Oh, and “grammar”, not “grammer”. Concern trolls should especially avoid typos.

  27. #27 Emi
    July 13, 2009

    What’s an errior? 😀

  28. #28 meme
    July 13, 2009

    Damn you all for wasting bandwidth with pointless attempts at educating the masses, who cares if some kid can’t spell, the question is did you understand what they were saying?

    Grammar and the English language has evolved and changed over many many years, It is still changing and always will, it is a form of communication, if an idea is communicated successfully then the text is also successful, so damn you spelling nazi’s!!! I’ll stick my apostrophe ‘ where I god ‘damn like! if your only retort is to pull someone for their spelling rather than create a good counter argument then you have already lost the battle! and you have lost your place in progression of the english language and grounded yourself in the relics of its past!

    Its like that billion year old book people still use as a literal guide to life, get over it! its old and out of date!

  29. #29 just-me
    July 13, 2009

    This is the most entertaining and good natured comment thread I’ve read for ages. Obviously a reflection of the quality of the users here.

  30. #30 bob
    July 14, 2009

    Just goes to show that the majority (The red) are pretentious jerks. How about worrying about yourself for a change ? LMAO

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    July 14, 2009


  32. #32 DuWayne
    July 14, 2009

    Fuk Yoo Bob!!1!!!11!!! I riserve thu rayte too bee ay pritenchous jurk abowt uther peepels spehling!!!!!

  33. #33 Sili
    July 15, 2009


    Hartman-Skitt-McKean all the way.

    Interesting how laid back I’ve become about orthography over the years. Guess it helps to become educated.

  34. #34 Someone
    August 2, 2009

    shoopped. i can tell by the pixel’s!