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Blame a certain generation of parents

It doesn't happen every day. But it's not all that unusual for people who are about 20 to ask me to spell my first name after I have given it to them.

Poor kids. Growing up surrounded by peers saddled with “creatively” spelled names, they have known since daycare that you cannot assume someone's name is spelled in a sane way.

By the way, no one my age ever asks. 

Is it weather “weanie” or “weenie”?

In any case, thanks for not being one.

A lot of angry people cannot spell

At least they cannot spelling “appalling.”

Do you have a favorite misspelled word often employed by the dyspeptic?

Unintentionally X-rated

Sometimes it's good to be open about your emotions.

And there's certainly nothing inherently wrong with crying.

But I'm told there's a woman employed at a Spokane TV station who likes to get on Twitter and report that she has been reduced to tears by this or that television show.

Apparently this happens to her a lot. I've heard that casual observers might well conclude that this is her state every time she turns around.

Fine. But reportedly she is unaware that the present participle she seeks is “bawling,” not a verb that sounds like that but is spelled differently and is burdened with a vulgar slang meaning.

But who knows. Maybe she is saying exactly what she means and these ribald romps are how she processes feelings.

Whatever gets you through the night.

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