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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Oh, the incredible IRONY of it all!

I was just trying to look up a word, and I went to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary site.

I am trying to decide whether to laugh in derision or to cry. Help me out, here, people.

The URL is misspelled. Merriam-Webster's website MISSPELLED its own name!



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At 6/5/07, 7:10 PM, Blogger Kari said...

Believe it or not, they do that on purpose. It's so that people who can't spell can put in the URL correctly and still get to m-w.com (which is what I usually type in.)

For example, go to www.mytimes.com. It'll take you to the same place as www.nytimes.com. A few sites do this.

At 6/5/07, 7:28 PM, Blogger Mr. Newbie Teacher said...

It's also so that some seedy/shady website doesn't capitalize on a simple mistype and associate itself with the real website. Along the lines of the whitehouse.com fiasco...

At 6/6/07, 6:02 AM, Blogger mrschili said...

Still, these reasons aren't enough to make us NOT cringe. Why couldn't they do something like Google, where, if we misspell something, a handy little "did you mean THIS?" message comes up?

At 6/6/07, 10:45 AM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

I think it reinforces bad spelling, and actually teaches people to spell incorrectly. And that is hardly what one expects from an online dictionary.

And I got there from a google search, not from misspelling the site name.


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