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  • On the internet, nobody knows you can't spell

    The English Spelling Society has released a report blaming the internet for what it sees as the current epidemic of bad spelling: "The increasing use of variant spellings . . . has been brought about by people typing at speed in chatrooms and on social networking sites where the general attitude is that there isn't a need to correct typos or conform to spelling rules."

  • " :) when you say that, pardner" -- the tweet police are watching

    Last Spring the New York Times reported that more and more grammar vigilantes are showing up on Twitter to police the typos and grammar mistakes that they find on users' tweets. According to the Times, the tweet police "see themselves as the guardians of an emerging behavior code: Twetiquette," and some of them go so far as to write algorithms that seek out tweets gone wrong (John Metcalfe, "The Self-Appointed Twitter Scolds," April 28, 2010, nytimes.com).

  • NDTV (New Delhi TV) reports on festivities at the Goddess English temple being constructed in the village of Bankagaon, UP. The three-foot high statue of the goddess, modeled on the Statue of Liberty, wears a floppy hat instead of a crown and carries the Indian Constitution in her left hand. Her right hand holds aloft a fountain pen instead of a torch. The statue's base is in the form of a personal computer.

    All hail goddess English?

    Global English may be about to go celestial. A political activist in India wants the country's poorest caste to improve its status by worshipping the English language, and to start off he's building a temple to Goddess English in the obscure village of Bankagaon, near Lakhimpur Khiri in Uttar Pradesh.