<![CDATA[Solidus Editorial Solutions - Blogidus]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:44:03 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Top 20 Typos of 2014]]>Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:07:57 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/12/top-20-typos-of-2014.htmlWell, it's just about that time again. Time to look back over 2014 and see what our loyal readers and fans chose as the top typos of the year!

Now you may recall that last year's list was only the top 10 typos, but because there were so many glorious stinkers this year, we just had to expand the list to include them all. Enjoy!

20. Butt Out

At least someone tried to fix it.

19. Keep It Safe

Do what to your heart?

18. A Casual Observer

You're welcome?

17. Crap Ahoy!

I don't know sail sizes. Is that a big one?

16. A Tasty Snack

No, thanks, I had a big breakfast.

15. Beef Chicken

From now on, I want all my chicken to be made of beef.

14. My First and Last

Your so right.

13. What Finger?

Um ... I'll stick with Bubble Gum, please.

12. 'Murica!

If only the Declaration of Independence could be written today.

11. Ships in the Night

Now that's a promotion!

10. Special Bedding

I always thought my bed was a queer size.

9. Grab Me

Um ... Sprite, then. Sprite.

8. Wet Paint's New Meaning

Hey, no problem. Thanks for the heads up.

7. A Fond Farewell

Best of what now?

6. And the Sword

Depends on the finger, really.

5. Deep Thoughts

Doesn't mean you can spell either.

4. A New Career

Know anybody?

3. Good Job

Aw, you guys shouldn't have. Really.

2. Who's Hungry?

Soylent Green is tacos!

1. This Guy

Where have you been all my life?

Happy New Year, everyone!

<![CDATA[A Sign of the Times (New Roman)]]>Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:30:38 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/10/a-sign-of-the-times-new-roman.htmlCNN
Sometimes the jokes are just too easy. Thanks to a wonderful CNN typo in which they informed us that ISIS was "advancing on two fonts," the zingers came fast and furious:

  • "There will be Helvetica to pay."
  • "ISIS has declared war on Comic Sans and Calibri."
  • "I guess you could say it's ARIAL big deal."
  • "BOLD move, ISIS."
  • "Everybody should know there's a new Serif in town."

The offending image is below.

<![CDATA[George Orwell on the English Language]]>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:22:39 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/09/george-orwell-on-the-english-language.htmlPicture
George Orwell, the visionary author of 1984 and Animal Farm, had a real passion for the English language. Not only did he use it to great effectiveness in his writing, he defended what he considered the attack on -- and degeneration of -- the words he held so dear.

His take on the issue is timeless, and worth remembering, so we'll hand it over to George to explain it.

"Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent, and our language—so the argument runs—must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to airplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.

"Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers."

By Steve Boudreault

<![CDATA[Five Words, Twenty-One Scary Stories]]>Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:24:21 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/08/five-words-twenty-one-scary-stories.htmlPicture
Here's a little gem that's been floating around the interwebs. As always, if you've already seen it, apologies. But if you haven't, read on.

Playing off the popularity of the Chilling Two-Sentence Horror Stories, the challenge here was to create a scary story that was only five words long.  Twenty-one examples emerged, and while the fear factor varied, some of them are legitimately terrifying. Enjoy, if you dare ...

1. Your browser history is public.
2. Living alone, toilet was warm.
3. We lost Internet access. Forever.
4. Hard drive failed, no backups.
5. On heavy medication, sleep deprived.
6. Redtube clip shared to Facebook.
7. George Martin dies; book unfinished.
8. Alone in bed. Blanket shifts.
9. Strangers. Friends. Lovers. Strangers again.
10. Wife screams, at her funeral.
11. You didn't kill that spider.
12. She lied about birth control.
13. Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
14. You awoke suddenly, buried alive.
15. Last person alive hears knocking.
16. Her heart stopped. She didn't.
17. That door was just closed.
18. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Monday.
19. Narrow staircase, no shoes, Legos.
20. Just saw my reflection blink.
21. It enjoys watching you sleep.

<![CDATA[Terminator and Mortal Kombat]]>Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:36:40 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/08/terminator-is-the-new-mortal-kombat.htmlPicture
Anyone who was of video-game-playing age in the '90s knew about the glory of Mortal Kombat. It was a hellaciously brutal, bloody, gory fighting game that sucked in quarters faster than a black hole and spawned sequels like nothing since Friday the 13th.

Because of the game's ubiquity, something funny happened to those hardcore souls who played and obsessed over it. The word "kombat" started to look correct. "Combat" started to seem like the misspelling. "Mortal combat" suddenly looked wrong. Admittedly, "kombat" was the cooler, more bad-ass spelling, so it's easy to see why people cottoned to it.

What people won't cotton to -- or at least hopefully they won't -- is the misspelling in the title of the new Terminator film. Long rumored to be called "Terminator: Genesis" (which, as a reboot title, is not half bad), a photo posted this week by Ah-nold himself seems to confirm the title as "Terminator Genisys." 

"Genisys"? Really? While it no doubt ties into the movie's plot somehow, it's such a tortured spelling of "genesis" that it's just painful to the eyes. I wouldn't even have minded "genesys." Okay, no, now that I see it written out, I'd have hated that too.

Well, Terminator people, best of luck with your typo title. May we suggest for the sequel "Terminator Revylasions"?

By Steve Boudreault

<![CDATA[The Greatest Week Ever for Spelling and Grammar?]]>Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:42:20 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/07/the-greatest-week-ever-for-spelling-and-grammar.htmlWeird Al
So unless you've been living under a rock -- and we're talking a very big rock and way deep -- you witnessed the birth of an editorial anthem this week in Weird Al Yankovic's "Word Crimes," a parody of Robin Thicke's not-nearly-as-awesome "Blurred Lines." If you did somehow miss it -- perhaps you were traveling or in a medically induced coma, I don't know -- here's the video in all its glory:

Not only is it one of the greatest songs (and videos) ever, it's garnered Al mainstream coverage via Rolling Stone, E!, the Wall Street Journal, Billboard, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and more. It's also gotten (as of this writing) just shy of 5 million views on YouTube. Perhaps the song really touched a nerve. Perhaps it's a rallying cry to all the word nerds out there to rise up and take back the English language!

Thy will be done, Al. Thy will be done.

By Steve Boudreault
<![CDATA[Can You Tell Me How to Spell? How to Spell on Sesame Street]]>Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:52:02 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/07/can-you-tell-me-how-to-spell-how-to-spell-on-sesame-street.htmlPicture
So a quiet week for typos this week. No screwed up diplomas, mangled yearbook pages, or embarrassing marriage proposals have made the news feeds. Guess it's time to dig into the archive for a classic, isn't it?

Many of us had the distinct pleasure of seeing some iteration of Sesame Street live in our youth, whether it was a stage production, a school visit, or an ice skating extravaganza. To hype up these visits, the producers would use these things called newspaper ads. (Ask your grandparents.) This particular production was headed into Shreveport's Hirsch Coliseum and ran this advertisement. It's either a really egregious typo, or someone had a serious grudge against The Count.  

One! One horrifying typo! Ha ha ha!

By Steve Boudreault

<![CDATA[The Waffle House and the World Cup Typo]]>Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:41:03 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/07/the-waffle-house-and-the-world-cup-typo.html2014 World Cup Logo
So it's in the history books that the U.S. team lost to Belgium in the 2014 World Cup. It stinks, but for a short while there the country was caught up in the fever of it all and folks were good-naturedly having a go at Belgium and the Belgians, despite not having given either a second thought in ... well, ever, really.

What Americans do think about on a more regular basis, though, is the venerable Waffle House chain. Why? Well ... it's waffles. And we're Americans. What more is there to say?

So the Waffle House decided to get in on the U.S./Belgium rivalry by boycotting Belgian waffles the day of the big game. To let the world know, they sent out this tweet:

Yep. Belgium waffles.

Of course, the Internet being the Internet, folks were quick to point out the typo. In response, Meghan Irwin, Waffle House's communication specialist and social media manager, had this to say:

"I think it takes away from our brand's personality if we try to put too much strategy or too much thought into something."

There you have it, folks. The takeaway from the Waffle House Book of Wisdom: Don't think too much.

By Steve Boudreault

<![CDATA[Northwestern University's Diploma Typo]]>Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:07:04 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/06/northwestern-universitys-diploma-typo.htmlPicture
And now it would seem we need to take another institution of higher education to task. Last month we called out the University of Michigan for their All-Amercian typo. A couple of weeks ago we gritted our teeth and bore the pain of a yearbook page written by the devil himself. And now it's Northwestern's turn for a trip to the woodshed.

As an aside, we don't enjoy taking the mickey out of schools, but they're schools for cryin' out loud! We've got to hold them to a higher standard.

So. Northwestern.

They've got a journalism school called the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications. Last weekend, the students who graduated from it were presented with diplomas from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Itegrated Marketing Communications. See for yourself.

The most delicious part of all this is that there's evidently a rather notorious "Medill F," which is the grade given to any Medill student whose work has even the most minor of errors.

Maybe going forward it will be referred to as the "Medill N."

By Steve Boudreault
<![CDATA[Donnie Wahlberg's Proposal Typo]]>Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:44:29 GMThttp://soliduseditorial.net/2/post/2014/06/donnie-wahlbergs-proposal-typo.htmlJenny and Donnie
So Donnie Wahlberg proposed to Jenny McCarthy. That's sweet.

And since it was a written proposal rather than a verbal one, surely he spent some time and exerted some effort to make sure there were no typos or grammatical errors, anything that would result in a Solidus blog written about it. Surely he did that. Surely.

Well, here's the Solidus blog about it, so no, clearly he did not. Sigh.

It all started off well enough. According to the story, Donnie and Jenny were sitting on the couch when Jenny said, "Tell me how much you love me." Donnie left the room and returned with a piece of paper that read "WILL." So far, so good.

He then left the room again and returned with a second piece of paper that read "MARY" and a t-shirt that read "ME." Jenny burst into tears and said yes, probably not even aware of what it was she'd just agreed to.

"WILL MARY ME" is not a proposal. It's not even a complete sentence. If anything, it sounds like a short list of people. Maybe the main cast of a movie Donnie's working on? Or the crew scheduled that night at Walburger's? Either way, it was pretty presumptuous of Jenny to assume these random words were any sort of proposal of marriage. But if they were, well, there's just one thing left to say.

Jenny -- you can do better.

By Steve Boudreault