Mighty Red Pen

April 22, 2008


MRP’s favorite moment in this AT&T ad about a family of word nerds sitting around just enjoying a friendly game of txt-Scrabble? When the mom says, “I have completely failed you as a parent.”

Hat tip to Helen’s Dad.



  1. I’m trying to reclaim l33t/txt speak. For example: the common expression “zomg lolcopters” becomes “Oh my goodness; helicopter laughing”. Let’s see ’em handle that.

    Comment by Gez — April 23, 2008 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  2. I love board games, but that scene is the epitome of my version of hell.

    Comment by helen's dad — April 23, 2008 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  3. I think that’s a funny scene! I would love to play “slang scrabble.” It seems like almost as much fun as “cheating at scrabble” (a fund raiser where your sponsors donate money so you can buy a vowel, etc.) (a confession, I’ve played “strip scrabble” before, where only certain words qualify you to claim an article of clothing from your opponent)


    It reminds me of the Language Log post about how the NY Times crossword puzzle is the beginning of the end of grammar, etc., because there are no spaces, apostrophes, etc.


    I have always wanted to do a crossword puzzle with numbers, apostrophes, hyphens, and even spaces.

    Comment by TootsNYC — April 24, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

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