Correcting misspellings on the subject line; was RE: Use of English on PBS (was: Re: PBS responses)

Adam Fikso
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:18:21 PDT
Yes,Jim, I did notice that, but in the absence of his person--at that moment 
I didn't know whether it was deliberate or accidental--(not that Jim Shields 
ever does anything accidental)  But maybe he does.  As do the rest of us.

I am enjoying this picky, picky interchange.  And yes, I have quarreled with 
Strunk and White myself, having had to correct and teach doctoral students 
how to write a simple declarative sentence without psychobabble.  One had 
gotten all the way into graduate school without anyone ever having picked up 
on his dyslexia and referred him or helped him into Special Education in 
high school.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim McKenney" <>
To: "'Pacific Bulb Society'" <>
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 8:28 AM
Subject: [pbs] Correcting misspellings on the subject line;was RE: Use of 
English on PBS (was: Re: PBS responses)

Adam wrote: "And in the case of Nerine masoniorum--the second "o" precedes
the "i" in texts dealing with the bulb, and on the internet.  So... are
people being polite by copying the error? ."

Adam, I think it might be important here to make a distinction between what
is written on the subject line and what is written in the text.

Note that Jim Shields did not change the spelling on the subject line,  but
he did use the correct spelling in his text. That is what I would have done.

I've asked this question before and so far have not gotten a good answer: if
in replying one has changed the spelling of a word on the subject line, will
that effect search results which use the original misspelling?   Uncertainty
about this has made me reluctant to correct misspellings on the subject

Jim McKenney

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