Is that help with flashing? Help responding to flashing? Help that flashes.
Maybe I don’t want “flashing help.”
And what am I supposed to know about what happens when it’s on its way? There’s a missing half sentence here!
(Or maybe they just need to pick their line breaks better!)
Randy Cassingham of This Is True has been driving a weekly Twitter event he calls Pet Peeve Wednesday, with the hashtag #PPW*. Some items I’ve posted about things that Just Bug Me(tm). I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that they fall into two categories, tech and language.
- Mobile websites that change the URL so you can’t reshare the page on Twitter without sending desktop users to the mobile site. Or worse: the ones that redirect you from a full article to the front of their mobile site, so you have to hunt around for the article that someone was trying to share with you.
- New password forms should always spell out the password policy before the user tries to pick something it doesn’t like.
- If you have to cite a bogus law to claim that your email is not spam (or worse, that recipients can’t callit spam), it’s spam.
- “Weary” means you’re tired of something, not concerned about it. You’re thinking of “wary” or maybe “leery.”
- If you’re going to reference “Wherefore art thou Romeo?”, remember: she’s asking why, not where. (Think of it this way: The answer to “wherefore?” is “therefore,” and you know what “therefore” means.) It’s a lead-in to the “What’s in a name?” speech.
- What do people think an “intensive purpose” is, anyway? The real phrase, “for all intents and purposes,” at least makes sense.
- The word is “foolproof,” as in even a fool can’t mess it up, not “full proof.” (As opposed to what, half-proof?)
*There’s a hashtag collision with both “Pet Peeve Wednesday” and “Prove People Wrong” using the same tag.
What do people think an “intensive purpose” is? “For all intents and purposes” may be redundant, but it actually makes sense.
Maybe “Sent from my iPhone/Droid/whatever” is worth including…as a spelling disclaimer. (Sent from my G2)