Cordial Deconstruction of a Comment Left by natalie898
Posted by Karl Withakay on April 24, 2010
In my recent Deconstruction Review of an Episode of Fringe, I made several spelling mistakes, ignorantly using the word loose in multiple places when I meant the word lose. Natalie898 was “kind” enough to leave a comment “politely” pointing out my mistakes, and I have now corrected the mistakes. I am embarrassed to have made the mistakes, somehow reversing the two words in my mind. I am not, however, embarrassed to have the errors pointed out to me. (I am embarrassed that someone noticed the mistakes before I did.) I strive for perfection, and appreciate any assistance in achieving that perfection. If the error is mine, then the frustration is with myself, not the person who points out the error with the intention of providing constructive criticism.
I can accept that some people have very strong feelings about proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar, but you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. My Friend Orac would be a lot less respectful than I am being to the type of pedantry natalie898 has presented.
Here is natalie898’s comment followed by my Cordial Deconstruction of that comment:
“If you are going to complain about how the car battery thing doesn’t make sense you should learn to spell first. Loose is not the same as lose no matter the few times it is spelled incorrectly in various places on this page. Loose…really? really?”
Spelling mistakes…really? really?
Are you disputing my position on the car batteries or simply choosing to be rude in the way you point out my spelling errors for some reason?
I don’t mind if people point out typos and spelling mistakes, but why the hostility?
First of all if you’re going to complain about spelling mistakes rather than make substantive comments or observations, you should be sure to use proper punctuation when you do so. You are missing a comma between “sense” and “you”. (If x, then y) Let him among us who has a clean hand cast the first stone.
Second, how does my incorrect spelling of lose disqualify me from being able to comment on the car battery thing or in any way invalidate my position? It is a non sequitur to claim that my point is invalid or unworthy of consideration simply because I misspelled the word lose for whatever reason. It is also effectively an ad hominem attack, in that you are attacking me rather than my position.
If you want to point out a spelling error or my part, please feel free to do so with out the hostility. If you would like to dispute, correct, or discuss a point in my review in a civilized and constructive manner, I welcome the discussion.
Thanks for reading my blog.