High flatulent language

An amusing post from Language Log, about the ill wind that blows for people who trust their spell checkers too much. As you might have guessed, what Edwards actually said in the debate was “Highfalutin language is not enough.” The word highfalutin should be in any decent spellchecker’s wordlist, but if it is written as two words, high falutin, then the second element of the compound can go unrecognized.

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Oh, the Irony

My kids are playing on the floor as I carry out my online routine. Carolyn is mixing and matching from different Lego sets in order to create characters from the “Magnificent Blimpship” steampunk bedtime stories I’ve been telling her. She aims Captain Rod Gearhart’s gun at her brother’s minifigure.  “I just killed you.” “No, I killed you,” Peter retorts. “But I killed you first!” “I killed you first!” This goes…