A Note on Misspelings and Misteaks in this Bolg

Oops, looks like I misspelled Gustav Seibt’s name a few times in this post (since corrected!). This led one commentator to snark: "Doesn’t anybody edit German Joys? "

The answer: "No, nobody edits German Joys! Nobody except me, that is, and I’m an even crappier editor than I am a writer."

If you ever go back and read a German Joys post a second time, you probably should consider obtaining psychiatric help, or getting a job. But if you do so anyway, you’ll notice that the posts often get a little more "polished" in the days after I post them. When I get a moment or two, I’ll go back and correct a couple of mistakes that made their way into the first draft. In the Seibt post, for instance, I called them "liberal haws" instead of "liberal hawks". No reference to Lord Haw Haw intended, I assure you.

Typepad does have a spell-checking feature. ‘Why don’t you use that?’, you’re asking? Well, first of all, the interface is kind of clumsy. Second of all, when you’re using tons of German names and words in your posts, the spell-checker always wants to correct them, making spell checking into a boring ordeal. ‘Fine,’ you’re asking (you’re getting pretty annoying here) ‘but why don’t you just write the posts in Word, spell-check them there, and then post them?’ Great idea!

The problem is, Typepad creates a bunch of weird, unpredictable formatting problems when you try to cut-and-paste text from another computer program into the ‘post’ window. Trust me, the blog would look even crappier than it does now if I tried that. (I’m not slamming Typepad here; it’s a fine service that gets better every day. It just has weaknesses, as do all the others.)

So, to sum up, thanks for the tip, I will correct Seibt’s name. But remember, gentle readers, blogging is about short bursts of spontaneous expression, and posting something every freakin’ day. I try to be reasonably careful what I post here, but I don’t have unlimited time, so you’re not going to see the same standards of editing you would see in my publications. Most of which would bore you to tears, anyway.

Excelsior!

10 thoughts on “A Note on Misspelings and Misteaks in this Bolg

  1. I have the same problem — being bilingual just means I can’t spell in two languages.

    At the risk of starting a flame war, let me briefly gush about the dictionary and multilingual spellchecker that comes with Apple’s OS X. No formating problems when copying the text to a blog (with WordPress at least), complete a half-typed word with ESC, right-click look-up of single words. Anything you can mark, you can have the computer read back to you, a great way to catch typos. All of this is with the in-built TextEdit editor. Dictionary has live-search (gives you suggestions while you type, good if you really, really don’t know how to spell something) and will work with text entry fields in the browser.

    The English dictionary is better than the German one, alas, and it could be better separating AE/BE variants. But it is good enough that I end up doing everything with TextEdit instead of firing up OpenOffice or some other memory hog (Word is too expensive and slow for me).

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  2. 2020, I’m interested by your suggestion, but I don’t know how to activate this ‘Editor’ of which you speak. Is it part of Microsoft Works or something?

    Does it let you insert formatting and hyperlinks and foreign characters, and transfer those seamlessly to the Typepad posting window without adding paragraph marks or font indicators? See, that’s my problem. How to get the foreign characters and italics without the embedded fonts and indents that fuck everything up on Typepad.

    Please, 2020, come back & help me!

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  3. Editor is a program that comes with Windows. I don’t remember the exact path in the American version, but in the German version it’s located under Start/Programme/Zubehör. You can access is alternately under c:windowssystem32notepad.exe.

    Another way to type non-English characters is to enter their Ascii code directly.
    Ascii codes are here:
    http://www.ascii.ca/index.htm

    American Ascii code:
    http://www.ascii.ca/iso646.irv.htm

    German Ascii code:
    http://www.ascii.ca/iso646.de.htm

    To use Ascii codes inside the Editor you must press the alt key, enter the 3 digit Ascii code via the num pad and then release the alt key.

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  4. @ Andrew, auf Deutsch:

    Start => Programme => Zubehör => Editor

    Mit dem Editor kannst Du keine Texte formatieren. Kannst Du bei Typepad zwischen wysiwig und html umschalten?

    Du kannst/musst alles in html schreiben, was auf einer Website erscheinen soll, das wysiwig ist nur eine komfortable Erleichterung. Word ist kein Programm, das Texte in html formatiert, deshalb kommt nur Mist dabei heraus, wenn man Texte daraus in den wysiwig Modus überträgt. Im html Modus würdest Du sofort sehen, warum es nicht klappt.

    Ein exzellentes Programm für Deinen Zweck wäre, glaube ich, Amaya 8.3.3 (W3C/freeware). Googeln. Sieht komplizierter aus, als es ist.

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  5. @ Andrew

    I never noticed any spelling mistakes. It’s crazy to expect from a blogger the same editorial oversight as from a newspaper.

    Anyway, I can recommend the dictionary extension for Firefox.
    I assume you use Firefox, when you write your blog posts in typepad.

    English dictionary:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3497/

    Scot, the German dictionary is at
    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3077/
    (I did not notice any mistakes in your blog either)

    These extensions put little red lines underneath all unknown words in form fields, like this comment field I am typing in right now, but also in the wonderful Performancing firefox extension, where I write my posts. (Performancing is a great blog editor within Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1730/ )

    I am sure it works within Typepad as well.

    It’s not perfect. for example words like “Firefox” and “blog” are marked with little red dots as well, but I am happy with it since it catches many spelling mistakes.

    Unfortunately, it does not catch all my grammar mistakes and wrong expressions and stuff.

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