Stupidity Can Be Avoided with a Bit of Googling…


I rarely post twice on the same day, but… after I posted Feeling the Leeches, I got this email from a helpful reader, and I felt the need to give doubles: “I expect someone who believes herself knowledgeable enough to criticize the work of Gregory Rabassa would know that the plural of ‘fish’ is ‘fish,’ not ‘fishes’.”

My reply, you ask? “Silliness can be avoided with a bit of googling and a tad of insight. Pagan Culture is followed by bright people, so I seldom bother with minuscule explanations. The word ‘fishes’ refers to different kinds of fish, I trust my intelligent Wicked Darlings to deduce that I wasn’t just talking about how the translator’s [Gregory Rabassa] word choice changed the mood of the sentence, but also that in doing so, he took away motifs that have always been prevalent in García Márquez’s work: the importance of diversity, imagination, living and thinking outside the orthodoxy’s box...”

You would think that this person would stop there, or at least say, ‘Damn! I’m silly.’ But that would make sense. Instead, he emailed me back to inform me that “googling is not a word.”

I didn’t reply, but I did laugh until my belly hurt. How can someone make the same silly mistake twice in a raw, and in less than five minutes? Anyhoo, I know you are aware of this, my Wicked Luvs, but in case that lost and confused soul is reading this post, I wish to point out that “googling” is indeed a word… so is “muggle(not just in Harry Potter), and “fantabulous,” and “ginormous,” and “nincompoop…”

Go ahead, google it.
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    1. I did a lot of that, too. I'll quote Oma Linda and say, "Some people's children..." I tell you ;-)

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  2. I don't often get to quote the Bible but I enjoy it when I do . . . . Hey, Mr. Smarty Pants, how about the parable of the LOAVES AND FISHES, eh? Good enough language for the King James version, good enough for us, LOL!

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    1. Maybe he knew about this and thought that "fishes" only applied to holy parables ;-)

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  3. he he!

    I'm not well read, not do I know a lot. So when I'm not sure of something I ask uncle Google, or auntie Bing or cousin YouTube.

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    1. I'm quite close to the family, too. And when things get really tough, I run to the strong arms of Grandpa Dictionary ;-)

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  4. Better to be thought a fool than to comment/email/post without googling, and remove all doubt.

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    1. Whenever anyone ask me why I read the Bible so closely when I'm not a Christian, I will make sure to send them a link to this comment ;-)

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  5. Here in my country we usually say "God's zoo is so large and the fences are too low.." :)

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    1. That is the truth, the world is huge and some people don't realize that their silliness ooze ;-)

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  6. Well yet again I use the phrase.."some people have too much time on their hands"...did you type raw instead of row just to wind him up more lol? I went back to read the previous post, and agree totally that the word "floating" ditracts from the imagery. "Navigating" gives an image of organised purpose, while "floating" is abandoned and without purpose, total opposites in my book. You are a clever little witchy(or isn't that a word either lol) :D XXX

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    1. And THAT my Gina is one of the reasons why I LOVE you so much! The subject of his email was, "I Have Visited Two Days in a Raw and Both Times I Read You Diminishing..." it goes on, so I thought that it would be nice to feed him a tiny spoon of his own brew. Thank you for noticing, it made may WEEK!

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  7. this nincompoop could've saved himself from being publicly...uh...um...embarrassed??? at the least??! having been shown that he should've let well enough alone and kept his feet where they belong...or taken a second to just GOOGLE...

    i have the free wordweb program and even in there...at wiktionary it says fishes: plural form of fish. ex: Coral bleaching threatens to disrupt the population equilibria of the reef’s fishes. OR I caught six fishes today! (oh yeah, googled: verb it's also listed in wiktionary.

    (besides...why does it matter to him?? this is YOUR writing. YOUR thing...you have the right to make up words if you want to!!!) =)

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    1. I almost just emailed him back and said, "Have you heard about verbs?" but I was annoyed, so I went for the throat. This is not the first time this individual do this (or the last). He is the brother of a good friend. One day he told her that her writing read like that of a person in 4th grade who had never lived (that isn't true). He makes his claim based on the fact (get ready to laugh) that he has a degree in linguistics. Sometimes, I want to choke him a little. Other times, I'm just mean and tell him that he is a coward, and that the reason why he doesn't leave his comments on the blog (publicly) is because he knows that my Wicked Darlings will crush his tiny balls ;-)

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  8. I shudder to think (not really ;) what this person would think of my adding 'u' to words to make them look more interesting, capitalizing incorrectly to lend weight or meaning, or adding any number of '...' .

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    1. I'm pretty sure my typeface and font variations, and my adoration of '...' and other things drives him insane, too. It makes me grin ;-)

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  9. Oh my. And like Gina, I'm curious to know if you wrote 'raw' for this man's "benefit"? :) He should watch Buffy. The Buffy-verse would just kill him.

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    1. I just sent two cyber-hugs to Gina and you. Yes, I wanted to be deviously devilish without being obvious, just to prove a point. And you guys SHOWED that idiot! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you all ;-)

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  10. I just do not understand some people's need to constantly correct other people's spelling or word usage. Reminds me of my son's 'literal' phase. you just could not have a conversation with that boy because he kept challenging you on your word usage instead of just accepting the commonly understood meaning of what ever phrase I had used.

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    1. I don't know your son, but I can see his face. I don't get it either. I would even understand if someone has something to say about colonialism and slang in formal writing (it is formal after all), but every day speak? No, that's annoying.

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  11. sounds like the psycho I blogged about who accused me of stalking her and said I was pissing her off simply because I asked if she knew someone from my past. Stupid is a genetic disorder...that stuff goes *deep* lol.

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    1. Let's not kid ourselves, we all know you were stalking her and trying to steal her contact list lol

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  12. ooooooops, stupidity rides again. I love it when that happens. And they make is so easy to whack um up side the head with it. It's like shooting fish(es) in a barrel. hehehehehehe Oma Linda

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    1. "shooting fish(es) in a barrel" lol You are a wicked, wicked, wicked Witch!

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  13. Oh, oh, ... oh gods, where to start... !

    Hilarious. Which says it all, really, but of course I have to say more:

    Reading the post, I thought of that argument in the academic linguists' community between what I'll call "traditionalists" and... well, everyone else, which I'll call "progressives." The Trad's believe that language should be preserved as it was, oh, say around the time they were kids, whatever their individual age may be. Prog's, on the other hand, recognize that language evolves, and embrace the progress that language makes so rapidly.

    And then I read the comments - which had me actually laughing out loud (my son is wondering what the hell is going on) - and THEN I saw that he is a linguist. OH Gods, my stomach hurts. What an arse.

    Thank you so much for starting my day out with a belly laugh. :D

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    1. OH! AND! I'm pretty sure Freud would have an expert opinion on the Trad's clinging to a framework of their childhood... (just sayin).

      Ok I'm done now.

      Really I am.

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    2. Personal blogs, journals, Facebook, Twitter and things of the sort have to be every conservative linguist nightmare... I would always get in my students faces when they tried to write a paper like it was a blog, but people have to be conscious that blogging is a way of keeping a conversation--colloquialism will be used, it is informal writing after all. But, I'm betting a horse that can't read, huh?

      I'm glad you got to roar early in the day ;-)

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  14. LOL! Thanks for the fun post my friend ;o) You always make me smile ;o)

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    1. I'm happy knowing that I can put a grin on your face, dear Stacy. The gods know that you've always been able to put one on mine ;-)

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  15. LMAO!!! The world is so full of those who bring us amusement. It reminds me of the Twain quote, "Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt." Okay, I put that in quotes, but cannot be certain if that is the exact quote...though I did google it. lol As always, I love your Aries flair for dealing with them that aren't as learnt as us.

    And one last thing, thank you so much for the beautiful comment and link to "Love Light Wine. Smooches, my wicked Jungian beauty. Mina

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    1. I always say that the day I run out of things to blog about I will just check my archives or my spam folder. They are usually hilarious ;-)

      I'm glad you liked Sarah's link. I meant every word, Mina luv, but you already know that ;-)

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  16. My first reaction was laugh :D, especially when I read his "googling is not a word"..lol! Honestly, I didn't notice "fish" or "fishes" in your post, I just read it as whole, because it was something interesting for me. Means, it was not interesting for him, that attentive reader, if he had time to check spelling and grammar.
    Cheers!

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    1. People can be quite ridiculous, can't they? But I don't mind it much when they are funny without hurting anyone or anything but their pride and credibility lol

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  17. This reduced me to giggles.

    Who points out little details like "fishes" versus "fish"?

    And "Googling"...I've known college professors to use it. If professors use it, it's a word so far as I'm concerned. I didn't know it was in the dictionary though. That's awesome. :)

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    1. Giggles (and cackles) are always great in my book, so giggle on ;-)

      And don't trust all the words that come out of every professor's mouth, I swear I had a professor (a grammar professor!) who couldn't spell and seemed to have never been introduced to the ancient concepts of evolution. It was sad. And funny.

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