Whenever I read something that has excessive commas (or hyphens or ellipses) or just bad grammar I think of this post from Hyperbole and a Half and I laugh instead of reaching for a red pen – The Alot. I wish all grammar mistakes were so cute and cuddly.
I also think of the Alot when I see LOLCat-style spelling. I know, I know. The LOLCat is a super craze and grown adults world wide have embraced ebonics. But I think of cats as being really good spellers. In fact, I believe that cats are even more anal retentive about punctuation than I am, so how could they ever spell like that? It’s slanderous. I believe that TS Elliot should haunt the icanhazcheezburger site and everyone who contributes to it. Cats are cute and no denying, but seriously people. They can totally spell. And they can do it without spellcheck. How many of us can say that?
Maybe that explains it – we’re jealous of the superior writing prowess of cats and so we, as a nation, are trying to bring them down.
I would like to dedicate this post to my late cats (I traded them for babies), one of which would have punched me in the face if he ever caught me using such atrocious spelling. Literally. He was a really mean cat.
Not this one. She would have just pooped on something. But can’t you just feel the indignant power of that stare? She knows how to rock a semi-colon and she’ll make sure you know, too. Who needs a red pen when you have poop?
* That figure is completely reliable. No really, It’s from Wikipedia**.
** I made that up. Sorry. On an unrelated note, I went to a talk about research this week and the speaker actually said that Wikipedia is the best research tool ever. Really? Huh.