Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Weird vs. Wierd

Weird is undoubtably the sassiest adjective in the English lexicon. It boldly violates the i-before-e rule, and it rhymes with neither "neighbor" nor "way," yet it is spelled as if it rhymed with both (which it clearly doesn't). Weird is the thinking man's bizarre (one z, two r's!).

Personally I prefer awesome.

27 Comments:

Blogger Craig said...

It's easy to remember, because it's *weird* to spell it with the "e" before "i"!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Gendy said...

What does the word "deck" mean? Craig keeps referring to deck as a proof reading entity. As in, "Jesus Christ! Can you Best of LA bitches decide how you're gonna style the damn HED and DECK already?" Derek says "deck" is something Craig only uses when Craig wears his "sparkly shoes." Which, I say, is every day. So. Craig, what gives? What's with the fancy sparklyness? Can't you just use SUB like everyone else?

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Gendy said...

And while we're at it, will you TOSC people just establish a separate column for comments from the masses already? So that my random proof reading comments don't go into un-related topic entries?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Pat said...

I'm with Craig. "Deck" is the cool way to say "subhed."

I'll allow, though, that our choice of "deck" may be a jargony remnant of our old State News language.

As such, I understand if some of you want to deck Craig in the hed.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

This deserves its own post, but quickly:

The terminology changes at every publication I work at. At my very first paper, we used the terms "up" and "down" when talking about capitalizing or lowercasing. I've used it ever since.

Some places say cutlines are captions, and subheads can either be the display type beneath heds or the labels used to start new sections within a story (and some places call display type "furniture"!).

I could go on ... and will, at The Other Style Council!

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weird.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the 'way', the saying is:

"'i' before 'e', except after 'c', or when sounding like 'a', as in 'neighbor' or 'WEIGH'."

(not 'way' - 'way' doesn't have an 'ei' in it)

Anyweigh, I still think you rock.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its killing me some one spelled weird wrong!!! he put wierd and its my favorite word and it is weird that he dident spelled it right he has A!!!

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is funny how people misspelled Weird and writes Wierd

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Rima said...

To Anonymous who cleared up the "way/weigh" thing... Thank you. I was confused. Haha. Sorry, I'm slow

6:28 PM  
Anonymous MY_TIM_MCILRATH said...

Anonymous at 8:36 gets annoyed when weird is spelled wrong but he or she spelled DIDN'T wrong haha I love it!

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