Working, the other day, with 10 year olds on an exercise in narrative writing, I was torn between letting their creative side “flow” and correcting some appalling spelling.
In most cases, the idea was conveyed, but boy-oh-boy! there were some colourful deviations from the norm! Come to think of it, deviation now seems to be the norm.
Besides some of the common confusions, I noted several abbreviations of the kind used in text messages. Hmmm… are these children growing up with cell phones rather than dictionaries?
And it’s not just the 10 year olds who seem to rush through a truncated alphabet, not caring if the character they need is not the one they find.
We all know the greengrocers who sell apostrophied vegetables and yesterday I did a double take at a local gift shop’s hand-written card:
Elvis Presley NEON COCK. Reduced!
I assumed the item referred to was a timepiece…
And the fetish doll….? Still on the workbench while I wait for my machine to be repaired.
In the meantime…here is a picture of a doll I made a few years ago. He now lives on a friend’s bookshelf and is a little faded these days, but still a source of amusement.
He used to have a clay pipe, but I think the anti-smoking lobby got to him!
His eyes are antique glass and his hair was “donated” by one of my (then) Angora goats
And for some VERY clever engineering try this:
I first saw it at Endicott Redux and have seen it on other sites since then. It makes the turning of skinny goblin fingers a walk in the park!