Thursday, July 31, 2008

Greatest misspelling ever

After reading this article (courtesy of Eric D. Snider) and Seriously, So Blessed, I've become more aware of what my roommate from Wisconsin used to call the "Utah accent."

Now, my Wisconsin roommate definitely had an accent. I would describe her accent as "rounded" or perhaps, "Canadian" (a term with which she violently disagreed). She described the Utah accent as "lazy." I can see what she means.

In Utah-ese:

fill = feel
sell = sale
will = wheel
well = whale

When you really think about it, doesn't everyone have an accent to someone else? But for the most part, people who speak English can understand other people who speak English. The amusing part comes when the regional oddities of the spoken word creep into the written word, particularly in the spelling.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the greatest misspelling of all time (as found on a blog that I will not post on this forum):

The word is "intill."

As in, "I never noticed you had an accent intill I read what you wrote on your blog."

Ironically, the rest of the blog was fairly well-written which made this misspelling stick out like a sore thumb.

That's all for now. Intill next time...


Shauna said...

I've had some friends from Canada staying with me for the past 3 weeks and there is no end to the words that we will make fun of the other for mispronouncing.

Kari said...

That's weird that someone would type a word as they pronounce it rather than how it's spelled. Unless they didn't know how to spell it. Which begs the question: who the heck doesn't know how to spell until?