a reply to: alldaylong
Yep, I classify this as a typical "american typo".
There's a whole list of them at
And the one you mentioned is included - and as you can see, it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Prepare to be shocked before viewing that list.. (it's plain text, no ads, no scripts or anything)
Those typos are collected from real-world examples, none of it is hypothetical.
Amazing, isn't it?
And the "American" is a nice jab at the nationalistic, America-centric attitude of Americans. They often use "America" or "This Country" (without
specifying the country, as if we should all know it's USA they are talking about - and of course, by them doing this, we can, but that's beside the
point) as a synonym for 'The World' or 'The West'.
It's sad, that they are so deeply entrenched in this worldview, where this planet consists mostly of USA and then "the rest of the world", that may
include something like 'europe', 'vietnam' and perhaps 'china' somewhere, and with luck, also 'japan'.
Mention Bulgaria or Estonia, and most of them would probably become a big question mark.
So, although most 'natively' english-speaking people are guilty of at least some of those 'american typos', by calling them 'american typos' shows how
annoying it can be to generalize international or western things to be 'american' or 'this country' things.
Funnily, some people, who live in USA and identify with dutiful patriotism as flag-fearing (or however that pledge goes) 'American Citizens' (which no
one should ever do, because to do so is to render unusable your unalienable human rights in exchange for 'civil liberties', that can be taken away),
actually get annoyed if they are called 'Americans', because 'America' is not only the United States of America - it's also the Canada of America and
the Lower Bit of America. The whole concept of 'America' is not very clear to me, actually, because it is used in so many different contexts, and no
one seriously ever says 'Canada of America', or 'Mexico of America', so who knows.
(But what SHOULD they be called - - - THAT they don't know..)
In any case, I have ranted about this a lot, and that list clearly shows that there's plenty to rant about.
Many of us (who know how to type english) have some kind of a 'pet peeve', like "stop using "would of" instead of "would have", or "stop saying
'loose' instead of 'lose'" - but that list really shows that all those pet peeves are part of a HUGE, ENORMOUS, LARGE-SCALE EPIDEMIC that's running
rampant without anyone being able to do anything about it, but just try to inform people.. who won't listen, of course.
I can't really understand the attitude and the mental laziness, the ignorance and the ego-based false pride and downright hostile outlook that leads
to these 'american typos'. How long does it take to check how a word is spelled? How long does it take to enable a spell-checker? (No wonder that so
many browsers have this option on as default - but I guess these morons turn it off immediately, because they don't like to see red lines under most
of their words.. perhaps they don't realize it actually MEANS something)
Yeah, so .. let's all just suffer together from this phenomenon, and try to ponder what it means, how it was born, why does it exist, and why does it
persist .. and how it could be ended some fine day.
Because I consider myself a relatively 'low-watt bulb', as the saying goes, and yet I can type english without such problems (at least most of the
time), I can never trust anything anyone says that can't spell a simple word correctly. It's like typing 'bus' like 'beous' or something. It just
boggles the mind! How can I consider anyone intelligent, if they can't type a simple, short english word or a famous name correctly?
Sure, mistakes and typos are part of life, I have created an embarrassing amount of them without even noticing until afterwards (when it's usually too
late).. but these are something else. They are not honest mistakes, errors or typos - they are 'AMERICAN TYPOS', that define laziness, rotten
attitude, hostility, huge ego and dare I say it; STUPIDITY.
If the americans would wave their precious flag a little less, and do a little less pledging to a piece of cloth, and use the time freed to actually
learn how english is supposed to be spelled, we might not really have much of a problem.
As it is now, we have a crisis in our hands; you can't go to a forum, discussion board, or any kind of similar place (or mostly even read a
professional article these days - or even in the eighties and from thereon) to read messages and posts, and not regularly and constantly be bombarded
by 'american typos'.
It's frustrating, as there's nothing anyone can do about it, except the morons.. and would it really be wise to expect morons to perform intellectual
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