Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Anything Else I Should Know About?

I like to think of myself as an informed citizen.

I stay informed about the wars that take place in strange, foreign lands:

I keep abreast of who has lost the vote:

I even follow treaty negotiations:

So, how did this news get past my radar?

All of a sudden, I see this kid on the cover of People magazine, and I’m like, “Who is this guy?” Well, according to People, he’s the biggest pop star in the world. How did I miss this?

I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised. This has been happening to me a lot lately. For example, I have been teaching English for quite a while, and I thought I was aware of the most common errors: using it’s when it should be its or vice versa, inserting a comma before every and, misspelling definitely as definately, which then gets auto corrected to defiantly. But, within the past month, there have been new errors popping up all over my students’ essays and emails.

First new error: writing posses instead of possess.

These are posses:

Possess, on the other hand, means to own something.

Remember that possess owns an extra s.

Second new error: Choosen

Apparently, people are curious to see what the offspring of choose and chosen would look like. Well, it’s like the baby with the dog’s face I saw on the cover of the Enquirer when I was little: it doesn't really exist.

Choosen is not a word.

I do, however, wish that the dog baby was real. It was hilarious.


Roland D. Yeomans said...

I dunno. When I was a teacher, I could have sworn I had a class full of dog-faces. Maybe it was just their bored look. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I really like those two lines of mine too. Is that conceited? Roland.

And Madeleine Peyroux is a fantastic singer, is she not?

Talli Roland said...

Funny because the same thing happened to me with this guy! I kept seeing the name trend on Twitter so I checked it out... wish I hadn't!

Sometimes ignorance is indeed bliss.

Theresa Milstein said...

Justin Bieber crept up on me too. If it weren't for The Soup, I would've been totally unawares by the time of the "People" magazine cover.

By the way, as a teacher, I'd like to be called "Captain" too.

Sometimes the spelling is bad, but always the same bad that it makes me doubt the correct spelling. I think they've made me a worse speller.

You should check out Beth Revis's blog. She's an English teacher too:

Jon Paul said...

Perhaps not your intent, but I now have the inimitable feeling I should go out and get myself a posse.

I'll ask Justin Bieber if he'd be willing to join. We'll be known as The Choosen, of course.

Nice post.

Amber said...

Have you seen this?

Your blog is rad. Thanks for being awesome.