Random musings 9/12/11

There is a marketing poster in the office where I work for one of our affiliate companies. The marketing text reads something like “Acme’s got you covered!” Someone came along with a pen, circled the “Acme’s” and added “SP!”

I’m not sure if I’m more bothered by the fact that they don’t realize there is no spelling error there (one could argue for “improper contraction”, but this is marketing material, and marketing material is allowed to follow popular usage), or that they’re perfectly willing to permanently deface company property with their misguided punctiliousness.

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I’m currently reading a book by an author I’ve previously experienced through an audiobook. I’m struck by the amount of profanity in the book. I don’t recall his other book being prolifically profane. But in hindsight, I suspect it was.

The problem, I think, is that I don’t read many popular novels. My daily reading experience with the written word is with news sites, informative articles, and blogs I find acceptable. In short, I’m not used to reading profanity. I’m far more used to hearing it, obviously, as I hardly notice it in an audiobook.

Just something I noticed.

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Is using the expression “Shut up!” in place of a generic exclamation like “Wow!” or “Cool!” a regional thing? I thought it was more of a generational thing, but this weekend I encountered a woman who is at least my age or older, and she used it a lot. I kept wanting to respond, “Oh my gosh! Way!”