Monday, March 31, 2008


A lot of people probably complain about the typos in some of the stuff I transcribe (like Fatty Lewis and the 100 Year Old Weblog). Admittedly, almost everything I transcribe has typos of some sort, but what a lot of people don't know is that back in the olden days, the rules of grammar were sometimes different than what we were taught. It seems like every 20 years or so, somebody comes along and changes the rules. For example, 100 years ago:

"Employee" was spelled "Employe".

When seperating items, there was no comma following the next to the last item. "Bread, Milk, and Cheese" would be "Bread, Milk and Cheese".

The word "street" was not capitalized in a street name, i. e., Main street.

The same with other proper nouns (Jackson county, city hall, general hospital).

This is why I give myself a certain amount of leeway with my use of grammar in today's world. Whether it's correct or not now, it may very well be in the future. For example, I refuse to put a period in front of a quotation to end a sentence when the word or phrase in quotations is its own idea (see the phrases in quotes above). That sort of thing.

But the rest of the typos are legit.

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