The Norman Transcript


September 20, 2013

Stop. Don’t sit on that



The pasta is produced by a well-known and successful company. In light of the mistake on the box, you could conclude that the company bottom line was more important than the image of sloppiness this exemplified. Probably not how the company wants to be perceived.

One explanation for the relaxed brain syndrome is that people become lazy and take the easiest route. Correct spelling is one of the casualties of this ailment. Some people blame Twitter, Facebook, and texting for the inability of a significant portion of the population to spell correctly and to form coherent and complete sentences. Today, misspelled words are multiplying like mosquitoes in a stagnant pond. Even businesses make blatant spelling errors. Guess they never heard of Spell Check.

If you think it is easier to write short-brained (I mean shorthand), the answer my friend is not so much. Consider the poor grandparent who is trying to send a text to his or her grandson and can’t remember the “easy” acronyms. That poor text may never go out in its short-form or otherwise.

Finally, on a well-travelled highway to Houston, there is a restaurant which advertises itself as a fabric free establishment. And why is “Wispers” noteworthy, you ask? They misspelled the name of the establishment, of course.

Some people have equilibrium issues when their allergies act up. As the woman stood near her desk leaning on the back of her chair, her boss asked, “What’s the matter?”

“I’m very dizzy,” she replied,

“Well, sit down.”

Great idea. Why didn’t she think of that? Perhaps she sat on her brain again.

Brains are awesome, use them.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her novels “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man” are available on Visit her website,

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