TV Can’t Spell

I’m about to get pedantic again. Deal with it.

Saw a commercial for some CBS drama or another last night. It was advertised as a special episode titled “JUDGEMENT DAY.”

That’s right — “Judgement” was misspelled with two “e”s. But that’s OK. It’s a “variant spelling” now.

Watched BIRDS OF PREY this morning off the friendly neighborhood TiVo. There’s a store sign contained therein with the word “Collectables.” Although it might sound that way, it isn’t how you spell it. It’s spelled with an “i” and not an “a.” “Collectibles” is correct.

A quick search on reveals, however, that it is a “variant spelling.”

No, it’s not. It’s just plain wrong.

Why do we have a dictionary if we willfully won’t pay any attention to it? Why bother putting kids through school and giving them English classes?


4 Responses to “TV Can’t Spell”

  1. John
    28. October 2002 at 13:48

    We could give the BoP sign the benefit of the doubt – God knows I’ve seen enough signs in real life misspelled. Maybe it was intentional.


  2. BronteJD
    28. October 2002 at 16:33

    [sigh] VARIANT spellings? what the bloody DEVIl is a
    Variant spelling?? I mean, things like traveling versus
    travelling, I can see, as there’s that whole British versus
    American spelling. But judgment with an additional “e”??

  3. Iain
    28. October 2002 at 23:41

    Not that these sorts of things don’t drive me crazy too, but that is kind of how language evolves. Look at Chaucer’s english compared to our own. Which is superior? I submit the answer is neither, they are from two different times. language adapts to the needs of the society using it, whether we like it or not.

  4. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    29. October 2002 at 08:38

    I know, I know. I’ve heard that before, as well. To me, though, it’s just laziness. It’s people who can’t be bothered to learn the most basic parts of our language. Why do the educated have to bend to the will of the ignorant? Why do those who worked at learning this language get punished for it? Makes no sense. I’m not going down without a fight.