Mighty Red Pen

May 4, 2007

Unexcecpable misbehaver

Filed under: Overseen — mighty red pen @ 2:42 pm

So, I’m sort of waiting for the news that this story is a hoax, but it’s too good not to post anyway.

Apparently, a group of eighth graders at a school on Staten Island got into a big food fight, but that’s not what has everyone steamed up.

What everyone is excited about is the letter written by an administrator that went home after the fact. (Sorry, I know the letter is a little hard to read.)

Not only does does the letter generally not make much sense (in the first paragraph, everyone is being punished, in the last paragraph, each case will be reviewed individually), but the spelling is absolutely atrocious.

For example, unexcecpable for unacceptable, activates for activities, form for from, misbehaver for misbehavior, and caferteria for cafeteria. Also, apparently even the name of the principal has a typo (DellaRocca instead of Della Rocca).

According to FOX News, “I’d be worried that somebody was educating my son that doesn’t know how to spell,” Lucy Farfan-Narcisse, a parent whose child attends the school, told WCBS-TV. “That would be a great concern.”

Um, yeah, that would be a concern.

Thanks to David for this little tidbit.



  1. Speaking of misspellings: We made an AWESOME film this weekend. I called it, “en medias res”, of which you definitely know the definition. only after the titles were rendered, after the tape was turned in, i realized it’s actually “IN medias res”. my question is: since it’s latin, which translates “in” also as “en”, does it matter that i botched the term? as the title of my film? there’s no going back; i just want to know how obvious it’s going to seem. for the record, 99% of my film cast and crew had never heard the term.

    ps: it’s screening at KENDALL THEATRE, 9:15p, MAY 10. come! or i’ll just send you the web clip…

    Comment by aud — May 6, 2007 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  2. I consulted with David, the official Latin expert of MRP. He reports,

    “It’s in.

    “Never en.

    “Just because classical Latin makes it sound kind of like you are saying en doesn’t get you any points.”

    Comment by mightyredpen — May 9, 2007 @ 10:50 am | Reply

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