GAY OLD PARTY  12:01 pm October 3, 2011

Half of Republicans Don’t Know What ‘G.O.P.’ Means

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

It’s time for the greatest scientific barometer of America’s intellect, the Vanity Fair/CBS News poll of dingbat potpourri questions thrown at a representative sample of Americans who haven’t had their phone lines turned off by Verizon yet. What did our pollsters ask this time? To be weird, instead of asking a series of completely random questions, they focused on “Things Republicans Don’t Know.” For example, you’d think Republicans might know what “GOP” stands for, as they’ve all got those “GOProud” stickers on their repo’d Ford Expeditions. But they have no idea, and most probably pronounce it as a monosyllabic grunt, to ask for another microwaved styrofoam plate of CostCo “rib-meat bitelets.” This may be the best survey of America yet!

Republicans also can’t keep track of who we’re supposed to HATE, because it’s so confusing since Reagan and Bin Laden tricked the Soviets into going to Afghanistan, to die as an empire, just like we did these last 10 years. So, to be safe, most Republicans still want to nuke the Soviets and also see Saudi Arabia as an actual Enemy of America that we are having wars against, even though the Holy Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s favorite ally in the War Against Muslims. The way Republicans see the world, you’d think Saudi Arabian terrorists successfully attacked New York and the Pentagon and totally terrorized the whole country into submission! (Oh wait ….)

From the Vanity Fair press release:

ALMOST HALF OF REPUBLICANS THINK BOTH RUSSIA AND
SAUDI ARABIA ARE ENEMIES

LAS VEGAS CONSIDERED THE MOST DECADENT CITY IN THE U.S.

JUST MORE THAN HALF OF REPUBLICANS KNOW WHAT “G.O.P.” STANDS FOR

Just more than half of Republicans (51 percent) and 45 percent of Americans overall correctly identify the meaning of “G.O.P.” as Grand Old Party. The second most popular choice, with 35 percent of the overall vote, was “Government of the People.” “Grumpy Old People” received 7 percent of the vote, “God’s Own Party” 3 percent, and 1 percent thought the abbreviation stood for “Gauntlet of Power.”

Okay, unfair, survey people! You are not allowed to just make shit up because of course a fraction of people will say “Yep that sounds right” no matter what you say. Unfair. Uncool. [Vanity Fair/CBS Poll Thing]

 

Hola wonkerados.

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HelmutNewton October 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

I thought everyone knew that: Gay Old Party.

Lascauxcaveman October 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Gay Orgy Party.

Common mistake.

Lionel[redacted]Esq October 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I thought it was "Gay Old Perverts."

tihond October 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

Gets Off on Penises (Secretly)

Barb October 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

Greed Over People

Chet Kincaid October 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Take me, I'm yours!!

freakishlywrong October 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

"Gorgonish Old Phuckers". Of course.

BaldarTFlagass October 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

Get Off my Property!!!!!

MARCdMan October 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

You mean it isn't Gross Old Pedophiles?

LionHeartSoyDog October 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Glom Onto Peepee.

Barb October 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

Gas, Oil, and Plutonium

tihond October 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

You beat me to it.

tihond October 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

Guns, Oil, and Pale skin

BaldarTFlagass October 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

Grotesque Olde Pharts.

SorosBot October 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

It's Greedy Old People, duh.

ifthethunderdontgetya October 3, 2011 at 11:31 am

Good Ol' Plutocracy.

(I was going with "Gross Old Perverts", but MARCdMan got there first.)
~

calibrit October 3, 2011 at 11:31 am

This is why lazy journalists should shy away from using jargon. People are almost always less well-informed than you would think.

Case in point: in the 1990s, the government of the United Kingdom approved new, hard-hitting warning labels on cigarettes, saying, instead of "Smoking Can Harm Your Health", "Smoking Is Fatal". After a couple of years wondering why the labels weren't working, they worked out that many teens didn't know what "fatal" meant, and approved new labels saying "Smoking Kills", which is what cigarette packets there say today.

Lascauxcaveman October 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

"Fatal, dude. That sounds awesome!"

calibrit October 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Yeah, it's like "mental". Maybe they thought it meant "Smoking gets you high". Who knows?

Bonzos_Bed_Time October 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Dude, Fatal is such the best band in the WORLD.

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Great gawd in heaven. If ENGLISH kids don't know what "fatal" means, what hope is there for American kids?

calibrit October 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Who says that English people are any more or less dumb than our people? Stupidity is a human thing, not an American thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjuNuqIev8M

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Dear heart, I wasn't for one second implying that the English are clever, or even not-stupid. Having read English history, I'm well aware that there's plenty of evidence to the contrary.

What I was alluding to is the fact that "fatal" is a word in the ENGLISH language. You'd think those yoicks would be able to speak THEIR OWN FUCKING LANGUAGE with some degree of competence. I am not English. Yet, I venture to say that my fluency with this language is far superior to that displayed by this bunch of brainless clods.

calibrit October 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Eh, it's no less our language than it is theirs!

And I'd agree that you do seem fluent!

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

When did Monty Python start up again?

calibrit October 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Did they ever stop? :-)

Guppy06 October 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I put forward that, by the 1990's (at least), people that didn't know smoking kills is scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as informed/uninformed goes.

calibrit October 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Sure, people in their 40s or 50s who didn't know that by the 1990s would have been scraping the bottom of the barrel. But these kids weren't the bottom of the barrel. They were the kids (or possibly the grandkids) of people who are, and sadly every generation needs educating anew. :-(

bebecca2298 October 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm

and now they're going to use pictures to imply smoking can kill you. No joke.

Gratuitous World October 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

and…

Gay Outed Pastors

Indiepalin October 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

Grumpy Old Palin

DashboardBuddha October 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Gross Oily Palin

capnhuggyface October 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

this is gotcha pollstering!

Goonemeritus October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

I always assumed it was derived from the noise they made before licking a light switch.

elviouslyqueer October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

Grossly Obese Phucktards?

JustPixelz October 3, 2011 at 11:35 am

Well, they ain't so "grand" anymore — what with the Tea Party takeover. So I guess "OP" is a more accurate acronym. And I think the Tea Party cancels out the "party" the way kryptonite cancels out Superman's power. So I guess it's just "O" — Old? Or is that a zero?

proudgrampa October 3, 2011 at 11:35 am

Unfortunately, this is the same 55% who believe that the universe is run by an old man in the sky, the same 55% who still believe that there were Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the same 55% who think that Elvis lives.

Unfortunately, they get to vote. We are freakin' doomed.

RedneckMuslin October 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I was with ya til you told that lie 'bout Elvis.

elviouslyqueer October 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

ELVIS DEATH WEEK TRIBUTE WEEK LIBEL!

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

BIRFDAY week libel. Bachmann said so.

DaRooster October 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

"Don't Know"?!?

There ain't even a G or P in that… what a bunch of losers…

tihond October 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

Giants of Propaganda

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Goddamned Obstreperous Pricks.

bureaucrap October 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

To be fair, probably a lot of them who knew the right answer voted for the joke answers anyway. Thats certainly something I would have done had I run into that poll.

Also,

Grandpa Obtusely Pontificates.

proudgrampa October 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

"Obtusely???"

Pontificating grandpa libel!1!

bureaucrap October 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

sorry proud. I thought you might respond negatively. But I upfisted you just to let you know I still love you. Nothing personal.

proudgrampa October 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

That's OK, Bureau. I knew it wasn't personal. I actually do tend to pontificate. It's something all grampas do. I just hope I'm never obtuse. When that happens, it will be time for me to go the way of Andy Rooney.

Love,

proudgrampa

Biel_ze_Bubba October 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Republican'ts don't vote for the joke answer. (A), they have no sense of humor, and (B), even if they do, they don't know which ones are the joke answers.

Arken October 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

Gut Obama's Presidency

tihond October 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry like to think it stands for "Guzzlers of Poon."

Arken October 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Are you sure Rick doesn't think it means "Gobbler of Penis?"

tihond October 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Governor Goodhair will gobble anything put in front of him.

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

No, no, that's the OTHER Governor. Governor Meatsack, or Chris Chrispy, as his loving subjects call him.

Pres.Libunatic October 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

Goatse's Own Party

Gleem_McShineys October 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Goatse's Obscene Piehole (not to be confused with the one depicted in his famous photo)

Pres.Libunatic October 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

Goatse's Orifice Protruding

SorosBot October 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

Of course, the poll, especially considering that it's online, doesn't discriminate between people who legitimately don't know what GOP stands for, and those who are just fucking with them; I just voted for "Grumpy Old People", since it's the closest to accurately describing Republicans.

Polythene_Pam October 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

Grandpa's Old Pants

proudgrampa October 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I'll have you know that my pants are not THAT old…

Love,

proudgrampa

hagajim October 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

I always thought Gay Odorous Pustules

Come here a minute October 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

Gloriously Orwellian Pigs

Steverino247 October 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

The animals that are more equal than others?

Mumbletypeg October 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

'Giggity' Ode to Perps.

BaldarTFlagass October 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

"Buncha dumbfucks" is what "GOP" means to me.

chicken_thief October 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Makes sense to me. I was struggling to see how they got "GOP" out of "Disciples of the Ghost of the Mythical Reagan" but figured it was some Latin phrase or something. Like anyone still knows Latin…

Chichikovovich October 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Gravo Odium Procax

mrblifil October 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Gullible Ossified Prostates

kissawookiee October 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Got Ours, Piss off.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Greedy Overlord Party
(owned and operated by Gilded Ossified Plutocrats)

spinozasgod October 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Grifters, Oligarchs and Plutocrats???

BaldarTFlagass October 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I wonder why this post got promoted from sidebar to headliner. I think everyone's already pretty much shot their wad.

metamarcisf October 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Just think of it as the American Dream, like Palin in "The Undefeated" (coming on DVD tomorrow!)

Gleem_McShineys October 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

coming on DVD tomorrow!

a. "The Undefeated"
b. Entry on Rich Lowry's to-do list

Beowoof October 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Something most protrate free old republicans can no longer do. Hence the Grumpy part.

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

shot their wad = GOP

MildMidwesterner October 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

For the true old guard Republicans, I believe GOP means "Golfing or Polo?"

donner_froh October 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Republicans don't know the meaning several words they use: Constitution, Jobs, Freedom, Class War…

spinozasgod October 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I have just depressingly read 2 articles declaring that the "conservatives" have won:
http://politics.salon.com/2011/10/02/reactionary_
http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/a_peek_

Beowoof October 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

That's why they play the games. See Bills beating Patriots week three.

Pres.Libunatic October 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

See also Detroit Lions 4-0 for the season so far.

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

And I just watched Van Jones at "Take Back the American Dream" and I'm excited. (Go to http://www.rebuildthedream.com if interested)

Blueb4sunrise October 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Gobs Of Poop.

(yes, I'm an 8 y.o.)

elviouslyqueer October 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Better:

Gang of Poopyheads.

(h/t Wonkette's own user-of-owls)

Troglodeity October 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

"Gauntlet of Power" is pretty cool, actually. I'll bet Lindsey Graham likes that one.

HistoriCat October 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

It's the only way Miss Lindsey will allow fisting.

fartknocker October 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

In Lindsey's house its Gravy on Pork with a ham biscuit.

DaRooster October 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Grossly Over Paid

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I *really* like this one, Rooster.

WhatTheHeck October 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Gentlemen of Power is how they would like to think of themselves.

mumbly_joe October 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

No, "Government of the People" is what the GOP stands against.

For instance.

BlueStateLibel October 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Grotesque Oligarch Pandering

dyedwool October 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Gobblers Of Propaganda (and Dicks…and Santorum…in Secret — plus Loads of Trans-Fatty Foods, Mostly Out in Public)

Generation[redacted] October 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

DM, I'd like to use my Gauntlet of Power against the Goblin-Orc Party.

Rosie_Scenario October 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Ignorant Republicans are ignorant.

powersuit October 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Dear Ms. Johnson:

It's Costco, not CostCo. And if you haven't been, an especially fun thing to do there between grazing the samples for your lunch and buying very large bags of shredded cheese is to flip all of the GOP-approved books upside down, just to annoy. It works! Half the customers think it's funny, and half grimace like they've swallowed a stinkbug.

fletc3her October 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I found that jarring as well. There are five Costcos in the greater D.C. area.

Oblios_Cap October 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Gay Orifice Probers

littlebigdaddy October 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Greedy Obese Prudes?

Beowoof October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

As Carlin once correctly pointed out, have you seen these people no one wants to fuck them. Which makes the prude part sort of forced upon them.

Pragmatist2 October 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

50% of Republicans can't spell GOP

ManchuCandidate October 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I'm one of that 50%. I always thought GOP stood for Party of The Stupid.

Chillwaver October 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Grandpa Owned People (of color).

El Pinche October 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Of course republicans think Ford is the best American company. Afterall, they secretly took bail-out from the Fed and lied about it in TV ad. Hypocrisy, lying, and stealing .. that IS the GOP.

Negropolis October 4, 2011 at 1:59 am

As a Michigander, it drives me crazy the hypocrisy of Ford. People tend to forget that the only reason they didn't need a direct federal bailout is because they had borrowed a shitload of money just before the economy tanked, and it was luck, not because they had awesome foresight. This is not even to mention that they lobbied for the bailout of the other two, because they knew if they went over, it'd kill the supplier base, which would eventually collapse their operations. It's why Toyota was also silently lobbying for a bailout. A collapse would have killed their American operations.

El Pinche October 4, 2011 at 10:37 am

Yep! And I'm glad the WH called out Ford on their hypocrisy and flat out lies for the ad. Of course, the wingtards, and the MSM are calling it "censorship."

Callyson October 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Greedy Old Pigs
Gross Obnoxious Pricks
Ghastly Odious Pinheads

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

all good, all good.

baconzgood October 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Gyroscope Obtuseness Piledriver?

(3 words taken randomly from my Webster's)

El Pinche October 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Gobs of Poop

Doktor Zoom October 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hey, you know what other political party name(s) they don't understand very clearly?

mumbly_joe October 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Working Families Party?
Constitution Party?
Socialism?

All of them, Katie?

Generation[redacted] October 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The Popular People's Front?

Oblios_Cap October 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

The Judean Peoples' Front?

Generation[redacted] October 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Splitter!

Beowoof October 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

DemocratIC, always pisses me off when they use the Frank Luntz version.

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Teabagging Party?

prommie October 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

There is no shortage of things republicans don't know. They have an inexhaustable supply of ignorance. But as a wise man once said, its the things they think they know that just aint so that makes them dangerous.

Doktor Zoom October 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

The Party of Known Unknowns?

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

It's the (willfully) Unknown Knowns that is really scary.

An_Outhouse October 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Gay Ol' Phlamers

chascates October 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Giant Obnoxious Perverts

DashboardBuddha October 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Greedy Olds Pontificate

mumbly_joe October 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Gentry Oppresses Peasants.

Redhead October 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I thought it was Gagging On Penis… but grumpy old people is probably more accurate.

metamarcisf October 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

OT, on my lunch break just now I tuned into Glenn Beck and heard him play an interview with Roseanne on the Russia network. Says Beck, "these are extremely dangerous people."

Redhead October 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Well, they do drink a lot in Russia – and according to Beck, if you have a glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage, it's only a matter of time until you throw it at him.

Generation[redacted] October 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Communist Russia has gotten so bad, you can't even take your family to Central Park anymore.

Indiepalin October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

In America, you go to cops to report robbery. In Soviet Union, cops come to you. America. Vat a country.

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

What – is Roseanne (Barr Arnold) now an expert on Russia? And she talks to Beck? Things are just changing too much for me.

HistoriCat October 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Used to be we would get our Russia Today update from Sara Benincasa. Good times.

Course, back then we wore onions on our belt, which was the style at the time.

mumbly_joe October 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Grifters for Obtaining the Presidency?

Oblios_Cap October 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Gnasty Oily Pustules

Generation[redacted] October 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Come on. You could write an article titled "Things Republicans Don't Know" and just link to any wikipedia page.

hilbillyheroine October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Greedy Old Perverts.

fletc3her October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

In Washington's last election for governor the republican candidate put "GOP" as his party affiliation on the ballot. Apparently their internal polling showed that voters had an overall negative view of the republican party, but not nearly as negative a view of the "GOP".

Bonzos_Bed_Time October 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

"GOProud" is just so funny… does it have a rainbow flag underneath it?
They're outing themselves and they don't even know it!

johnnymeatworth October 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Gaggle of Plunderers?

owhatever October 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Grand Old Party! Do I get a prize? Or at least an American flag sticker for my Hoveround?

MonsterAGoGo October 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Izzat one o them newfangled citylurnin ack ro names?

Everbuddy knows Gee Oh Pee stands for Jesus Has Zero Tolerance fer Phaggots.

Also, ah dun pooped on muh coon hound agin bah assident. He shouldna been sittin there!

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Kirsten, you're getting better at this "beat them to death with their own bullshit" routine. Congrats!

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

It may be a Vanity Fair Poll, but it is Fox News graph reading. The way that graph looks to me LESS than 50% could identify what GOP means.

ShaveTheWhales October 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Graph: all Amurkans.
Text: 51% of Republicans, 45% of all

poncho_pilot October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Guillotined On Pay-Per-View.

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

If you build it, they will come. And we will pay to watch.

Signed: Madame DeFarge

Tundra Grifter October 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Geezers – Old & Pathetic.

ShaveTheWhales October 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Globally Obstructive Partisans

Gang of Pissants

Poindexter718 October 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Gay Old Pervies?
Gimpy Old Plutocrats?

GregComlish October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Gauntlet of Power

Are you fucking kidding me? Is this some kind of cosplay enthusiast D&D bullshit? Does a fraction of the GOP live in fucking Mordor? Are these people flying on the Ron Paul Blimp, playing an emulated version of Atari's Gauntlet with their vintage Nintendo Power Gloves while listening to some ambiguously-gay techno remix of He-Man's "I have the power"?

WTF

SheriffRoscoe October 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Get Off my Phuckin' lawn

Toomush_Infer October 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

But it should be Get Out of Politics….

smitallica October 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Goebbels' Oligarchic Progeny?

Antispandex October 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Gropus Omni Pubis? I failed Latin.

JackObin October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Great Overweight Pussies.

oldmayfly October 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

GOP stood for Grand Old Party when they were not old, and they were anti-slavery, pro-Union.

Nowadays GOP stands for Greed, Oil, Pietism.

Mrs. Bitch October 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Goatse on Parade?
Globule of Pus?
Greasy Old Peckerheads?

shebeers October 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Greedy, Obstinate & Punitive

fuflans October 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

meh. las vegas.

you know what OTHER city was decadent?

Negropolis October 4, 2011 at 2:00 am

Rome before it was Christianized to high heaven?

Negropolis October 4, 2011 at 1:43 am

"Gauntlet of Power" would be so fucking dope.

shebeers October 4, 2011 at 3:39 am

Greedy, Obstinant & Punitive

sean_p October 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Gout Osteo-Porosis

ttommyunger October 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

New fun fact: 100% of poll answers come from sheeples who still have a home phone and are so bereft of an actual life they answer that phone and then spend time answering inane questions from a perfect fucking stranger.

Beowoof October 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Well the Grumpy Old People does seem to have applicability, see John McCain.

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Was it G.B. Shaw who referred to Britain and America as "two nations divided by a common language"? I grew up with the British system of spelling, and I'm constantly having to watch myself for wanting to spell things as I was taught. It irks me that supposedly native speakers are so lacking in respect for their own mother tongue.

calibrit October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I grew up in Britain and moved here when I was 22. I don't think that Americans spelling things differently constitutes a lack of respect. I've just had to learn a dialect that differs from the one I learned (or learnt :-)) when I was young. It's been interesting to figure it out. Like, did you know that you can't have a bath in a bath, but only in a bathtub? That one took me 12 years to figure out!

PalinzADummy October 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Ah! That's why the nym.

I wasn't referring to Americans, though, but to the English. It's pretty disrespectful of one's own culture to be so ignorant of the mother tongue. I speak many languages badly, and am always being cuffed about the ears for (1) misspelling (2) mispronouncing, and (3) misspeaking. It's all mostly in good fun, although I did fetch the older stepson a clout upon the situpon for spelling earring as "i-ring." You can't have three or more parental units with advanced degrees and spell so poorly without consequence.

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