Petty Peevishness I

Thursday August 19, 2004 @ 02:10 PM (UTC)

We all know that the Web is full of horrible spelling and grammar. However, some instances, for whatever reason, hurt me more than others. Here is one such:

rein (n.)

1. A long narrow leather strap attached to each end of the bit of a bridle and used by a rider or driver to control a horse or other animal. Often used in the plural.

2. A means of restraint, check, or guidance.

3. A means or an instrument by which power is exercised. Often used in the plural: the reins of government.

Now, people, I do realize you may live in places where horses have long since disappeared, but do make an effort to spell this word in a way that makes sense! While the Boy King George does seem to be afraid of horses, that doesn’t mean that we can’t spell the word correctly when we refer to him as having ‘the reins of power.’ Thank Providence, said Boy King does NOT have multiple ‘reigns,’ and, if we are lucky, shall have neither two four-year reigns, nor two concurrent reigns in different countries, in manner of European dual-monarchs. Further more, unless the Justices have taken up residence in the excrescence’s spleen or other sensitive region, I have no idea how the Supreme Court of the United States can be urged to ‘reign in the President.’

Please, make a note of it, Mr. Internet!


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