Friday, April 6, 2012

The Prince of Whales

On a daily basis my big brain laughs in triumph over most day to day tasks that involves the category of thinking.
There have been days where I think so brilliantly and so fast with my thinking that my brain makes Speedy Gonzales look like Regular Gonzales.

Honestly, though, I don't consider myself the smartest person in the world. I have always felt myself to be slightly educated, but recently it has come to my attention that there is a place I didn't know about called Whales and there is a prince of it.
When I think of Prince of Whales, this is what I actually think of:
I do know this much.  The people of Whales are in grave danger.  Thankfully, we are trying to save them from the throes of death.
There are very distinct differences between Whales and Wales.



When I see grammar mistakes, little knives shaped like grammar, deception and betrayal make herculean efforts to stab into the big brain with such a mass amount of force and confusion that I begin to second guess my own ability to determine right grammar mistakes from wrong grammar mistakes.


I begin to feel as though I have been shanked by the alphabet.
The Prince of Whales has made it his quest in life to undo the wrongdoings of misspelled words.
Apparently, through no manipulation of my own, I possess the world's supply of awesome.


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  1. Your awesome! I bet you never loose a bet and that is saying alot!

    :D

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    1. Tracie,

      bwah hahahahahha, this comment makes perfect cents with the rest of you're post! Hilarious! This post is so refreshing too me, its like finding a delicious strawberry ice-cream desert in the middle of the Sahara dessert! I love you and the way you right! I always reccomend your blog to everyone! Keep going, you are like a train of awesomeness, a train that cannot not be stopped!!!!!!!!!!!!

      xxo
      MOV
      p.s. it is mean of you to hog up the world's supply of awesomeness. You should share some of it, set some of it lose.

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    2. Haha you are right on, Bill! You are right, I never loose a bet!

      @MOV--I don't know what I would do without you and hope you misspelled all of those words on purpose!

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    3. on "porpoise," you know, to go with your whale theme....

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  2. Oddly enough, the songs of Wales and Whales sound very similar....

    And Dory from Nemo speaks Welsh...

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  3. I am so totally sharing this with my Welsh friend. She's bound to get a kick out of this! Well said!

    -Barb the French Bean

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  4. So Prince Harry inspired something other than mockery? Wow. You should send him a postcard, I think he'd be pleased to know this.
    "You're" is on a short leash with me. It's a contraction that doesn't really save all that much time. What are you getting rid of, the "a"? But you're replacing it with an apostrophe so you're not saving any typing time. You are on notice, written form of "you're".

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    1. In that case no contractions really "save time" since most of them are only taking out one letter as well. I hereby make a motion that all contractions be henceforth and immediately stricken from the written language. In fact, since I am rather partial to statuesque words, let us make a proclamation hereabouts to utilize a more robust vocabulary!

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  5. Lol. Grammar mistakes kill me too! This cracked me up though, so much less angry and pretentious than other posts I've read about grammar.

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  6. May I just say that I'm thrilled to not be the only "Grammar Whore" out there. We need t-shirts!

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  7. Hahaha!!! I'm from Canada!!!

    And the Prince of Whales? Hilarious!

    I have to say, I remember those Looney Toons' Speedy Gonzales cartoons from when I was a kid! They made my Saturday mornings shine! :)

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  8. Prince of Whales! Ahahahahaha! Loved this, Tracie. I'm a total grammar/spelling Nazi. I've done a few posts about such stuff in the past and have several more coming. I'm clearly obsessed. Glad to see I'm not the only one. LOL

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    1. Same here! I have done a post in the past, and I regularly think about doing another, "You can't be my friend if you can't use the proper 'your.'" We'll see. :)

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  9. You crack me up! I wonder if the Prince of Wales has ever met the Prince of Whales?

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    1. I am sure they would have put that TMZ! :) Oh wait! What is the British version of TMZ?

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  10. Hahaha I laughed at this a lot! Alot? no! A lot! :)

    Love Elle xo

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  11. Thank you for putting into words and drawings the way I feel when my brains are mauled by poor grammar.

    Save the Whales!

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  12. This was funny! Please tell me that someone at WBALTV is being shown the door. It is absolutely CRAZY-making to see these kinds of mistakes in the media, or on fb, or under the overpass by the river, or...

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  13. I love this. Very hilarious. I'd rather be the Prince of Whales than the Prince of Wales but then again I have this delusional vision of me riding one across the ocean, having him do my bidding (but not eating or drowning me in the process).

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  14. Hahahah I love your Whale Prince. He's adorable. And the your/you're mistake is the woooorrst. (Well no - there/their/they're is actually worst)

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  15. I'll bet you a million dollars in fact that the people of Wales not only don't want us to save them, but bloody well want us to piss off as well. Also Wales is really pretty. Totally unrelated. But Welsh people are fighters and they won't go down easily. They've been getting screwed by the English (and continue to be) for centuries. So we should just save the whales. Because that shiz is messed UP.

    I love your alphabet shiv drawing. You're full of awesome - to the brim!!

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  16. bwhahaha..... thats hilarious. I would not have caught that had you not pointed it out.. ooops... SAVE THE WHALES!

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  17. LOL yeah one little mistake can mean so many different things. I'd take the money of the prince of wales but would rather be the prince of whales. What about the prince who wails?

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  18. I am guilty of finding these mistakes in the world too. A friend posted on Facebook how she was very angry with someone and going to "give them a peace of her mind" I am pretty sure that wasn't the intent, and I responded.

    "My dear who do you want to give a piece (not peace) of your mind to?"

    At the time to write this, she hasn't responded, but it is still pretty awesome, just like you!

    www.sweetydarlin.blogspot.com

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  19. Here is the highest compliment I can give you...ready? You are on equal footing with my favorite drawing blog:

    http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

    And you post way more often (since Allie has gotten so ginormous (57000 followers and 4200 comments/post) that she only posts like every 6 months) I really enjoy your site. Thanks for being here.

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  20. You are awesome...I just took one of the "awesomes" out of your world supply. (please note the use of YOUR) I, also, disagree with little cartoon person, You're a great drawer. (Please, note the use of YOU'RE) As I type the word DRAWER though, is there a distinction between a drawer (person that draws) and drawer (a box that slides into furniture) or drawers (bloomers that cover a persons butt)??????...I think you're an awesome drawer that draws awesome cartoons. I took 2 more awesomes out of the world supply.

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  21. LOL nice environmental people can be a bit ridiculous

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  22. As an A student in English, I've found my grammar becoming more appalling the older I get.

    I use far to many commas and my obsession with ellipses is, well obsessive.

    I do however, remember no commas before 'but' and 'and.'
    Also that an 'i' that stands alone, is always a capital 'I.'
    (I really do need to get a life)

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  23. The picture of Prince Harry titled "Prince of Whales" is obviously a joke. Poppa Charles is the Prince of Wales so I wonder what's going on in the picture. Is Harry visiting a save the whales foundation? An interesting coincidence--my post this morning had to do with whales.

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  24. On behalf of Canada, i'd just like to say thank you for commenting on our politeness, and if saying that offends anybody, i'd like to apologize for that as well. :)

    Thanks for being so awesome.

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  25. That is hilarious. I especially love when media does it. It makes me giggle.

    My peeves run deep, but the biggest is its/it's. C'mon people, it's not that difficult!

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  26. LOL!! I love it when the news stations eff up like that and misspell words and/or use them in the wrong context.

    I ♥ your Whale Prince, he is awesome :D.

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  27. Do people not employ proofreaders anymore.

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  28. I have a little welsh blood, so I knew the distinction quite some time ago. Your comics and humour never cease to make my side hurt from laughter!

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  29. Love this - down with Whales! Oops I mean Save the Whales, sorry, Wales. God, this is confusing! Coincidentally, my post tomorrow is on Grammer. I hate when I see bad grammer and spelling though - especially their/there/they're ... grrrrr

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  30. You crack me up, no pun intended. Being dyslectic makes it all the more difficult to sometimes see the incorrectness of what I write. That is why I am the luckiest person in the world. I have many friends who watch out for me and let me know when I make a mistake or reverse words and numbers. Case in point, I will read this comment over many times before I submit it.

    What is even funnier to me is the people who do not have this disability make even bigger mistakes then I do. I'm not so sure they would appreciate my kindness by my pointing it out to them ... LOL

    :-), Susan Cooper

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  31. haha I love this post, especially pointing out the difference between "you're" and "your". Thank you for that. Perhaps somebody will learn the difference and while you will no longer be shanked by the alphabet, I will no longer gain an eye twitch?

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  32. Who do I ask for prints of the Prince? Or prints of whales? I'd like to hang the prints of whales on my walls...

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  33. This is hilarious, it's funny as can be. Beautiful artwork too, the simplicity makes it really complicated. It is a difficult form to do perfectly, and you have done it! I really like this! ":)

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  34. I think I may be the only person living in Wales, and as it happens the Prince of Wales is Charlie ...... Harry is not the Prince of Wales he is know as Harry Wales or Prince Harry. Its complicated and best left to the Welsh. The key thing to remember is Whales are big and Wales is not and not surrounded by sea either as it is attached to England where the Prince of Wales lives.

    As someone once said to me in the heart of Morocco "Wales nice place, big mountain, you come see my goat". mmmmmmmm I never went to see the goat

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    1. Yes, I remember a few people saying they were from Wales. The entire story was botched on Prince Harry's visit. It was a good laugh. It is actually an older story, not new.

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  35. Ah, it must have been a whale of a tail about that Prince of Wales.

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  36. When I'm finished laffing aisle try to find sumthing inteligrunt to say!

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  37. I'm sure the whales don't appreciate a human prince representing them.

    But, there is nothing when people write 'loose' but mean 'lose'. It's so frustrating.

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  38. Tracie,

    Here's one more unicorn on the cob if you can handle it. The Sunshine Award has been bestowed upon your blog. No purchase necessary. Congrats. And thank you.

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  39. Okay I am prone to kicking off when grammar mistakes happen, but usually I can calm myself down and tell myself it's just some retarded teenager, but to call Wales Whales? On what looks like a very professional news program? Come on people, get it together! Though Harry spends so much time high he probably thinks he is the prince of Whales.

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  40. Those are some terrifying letters, Tracie!

    You'll get to read about my biggest grammatical pet peeve next week :)

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  41. I like how we're known for politeness instead of maple syrup or lumberjacks. :P

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  42. Fabulous! Their are no words for you're awesomeness!

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  43. My eyes and ears feel safer knowing you are walking the grammar police beat! You're so funny! Push pin I get, but thumb tack?

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  44. Is it me or did anyone else suddenly get hungry for Starkist tuna?

    Rob from The Mainland

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  45. You are full of awesome and I for one am sad that I have only just started following your blog. I shall endeavor to make it up by reading all of your previous posts in one sitting.

    Do you think that the Prince of Whales has also recently married and adopted a pet? Is he in the RAF? I bet if he is he would be a fighter pilot!

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  46. Hmmm I just read your post - but I also just had an argument - and so I can't think or understand anything. I could just not leave feedback, but that's no fun lol...

    In any case, my brain isn't so full of fire that it keeps me from noting that you have, once again, written/drawn an entertaining post!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, but I hope things get better for ya!

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  47. LOL... that was so cute! Gave me a good chuckle. Nice to meet you!

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  48. thanks for this...it made me laugh so much !
    :)

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  49. See, that WAS the Prince of Whales. He was interviewed last Halloween at a costume party. The Prince of Whales was dressed as the Prince of Wales. There you go. No need to thank me.

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  50. Excellent post!! (that would be my Canadian politeness shining through)

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  51. Loved this. Those letters were scary. If only they attacked every time people made these simple grammatical errors.

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  52. Very funny post. As someone has said Harry is not the Prince of Wales or even Whales I won't although I think he would find it funny too. Do those newsrooms never do any research before they go on air?

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  53. lol Harry isn't even in line to be Prince of Wales, William will be the next one...unless we declare independence first

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  54. Oh Tracie I've missed reading you:) Loved the Lose in being loved... NOT TRUE WOMAN! but funny nonetheless :)

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  55. I was wondering who would become, eventually, the king of the whales!

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  56. I am an English teacher and gaffes like these grieve me!

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  57. MWAHHAAA I am cool because I read your blog.

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  58. Eat more chicken. lol. Funny one, aren't ya?

    Mistakes like this are fun for us to chuckle at, but when we make them, man, does that suck. I mean, somewhere, someone is going, "Damn, did I really just right that. I mean rite that. Dang it! I mean write that. What's wrong with me twoday?" Poor guy needs more chicken in his diet. We all have those days.

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  59. You're making me feel guilty. I'll bet I use spell check fifty times an article. I'm not going to make it as a writer, but then who cares? I can see shadows and name three countries. If I get a laugh here and there I'm happy. Whale of an article.

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  60. Being a British citizen, I feel that I should point out that our Royals tend to hold multiple titles and have numerous responsibilities. So there's no reason why Harry can't be the Prince of Wales AND the Prince of Whales.

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  61. LOL! This is AWESOME! Thank you. :)

    (And I do agree with the whole Canadian/politeness world supply.)

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  62. And don't even get me started on there/their/they're. WHY IS THIS SO HARD?

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  63. Wow, you DO have the world's supply of awesome! No wonder I can never find any when I need it...

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  64. Ha! It must be hard to be made of so much awesome.

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  65. I'm knot a grammar or spelling nahtzee, but I complayn to myselph about the saim stuff.

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  66. Funny! And you are awesome and that screen writer should be shot. And thank you for thinking all Canadians are polite. We really are, except when we're rude.

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  67. I saw "Nothing bigger then a fifty" at a local gas station. Sigh.

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  68. Loved the post and reminder that one little switcheroo of a letter can turn it to mean something totally different!

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  69. A fun post, oh deer friend. I'm glad I stopped hear because I'm feeling no pane.

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  70. I am a Walsh which means "Welsh" which somehow makes me feel like a whale. I apologize for my occasional missteps of grammar. I blame my typing speed. And poor education. Another great post!

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  71. Among my biggest pet peeves is its/it's (the itty bitty bikini and its itty bitty polka dots vs it's a shame I don't know how to spell polka dots without looking it up on Google). It's amazing how many people will use it's as a form of possession. I had it so drilled in me that this was WRONG in elementary school that even if I lose every other brain cell to dementia, the one that knows the difference between its and it's will remain alive in my mind for all eternity.

    Thanks for the laugh - and the spelling and grammar lesson!

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  72. I wish I were Prince of Whales. Way better position than Prince of Manatees

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  73. Do what I do.
    When someone says "NUH UH, YOU SAID/SPELT/BLAHBLAHBLAH that WRONG."
    I turn to them and say.
    "I don't speak English. I speak Mellish. In Mellish /this/ is how we say it."
    It generally* works.

    *Unless your Jed. He's just annoying like that.

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  74. We've nominated you for the Sunshine Award because of your laugh out loud blog! Check out our site to see the guidelines for accepting. Congratulations and thanks for the giggles!

    Dr Em and Princess WeeWee

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  75. Oh, but you made my day! I so love a good Louisiana Ntendo.

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    1. I feel shanked by the Alphabet too, thought I was the only one. Hilarious.

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  76. This is great! "Shanked by the alphabet" was my favorite line. Grammatical errors happen, but with some people, they happen consistently. I have plenty of Facebook friends who can't seem to know when to use "to" or "too." It makes you wonder how they even got a college degree on the wall.

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  77. I read an epublished book recently that constantly described "losers" as "loosers". Not just one time, but every time. Although the story was excellent, it really irked me.

    Your pictures cracked me up. I don't think that news report being live and latebreaking excuses them, either!

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  78. An entertaining post :)

    All the best,
    Jack

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  79. This is exactly why I am still single after online dating for eight months. There isn't one guy in all of North Dakota that uses grammar correctly.

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  80. ...does it count as "ironic" that the Prince of Wales isn't Welsh, but English? I have trouble discerning irony, but I *think* that counts: You expect the Prince of Wales to be from there, but the flip is that he is not.

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  81. I keep making the mistake of reading your blog at work, I must stop this! Every time I die laughing, or snort (very unlady-like) in a fairly silent office setting. Which of course makes me laugh harder because all of the patients are looking at me like I've lost it. You are an absolute riot!!! Keep it up!!! Love your artwork, brings me to tears I laugh so hard.

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  82. if the prince of whales worries about grammar and misspellings i sincerely hope i never meet him...might be best if i avoid the atlantic...

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  83. thanks for the smiles...sometimes it takes just one single letter and...

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  84. 1. This was hysterical! I catch mistakes on the news often, but at the same time...

    2. Be careful. There are days when I might give you a stroke.

    3. On really bad ones I have been known to do this: Your're.

    4. Don't faint. Sometimes it's from rushing. Sometimes it's my wonky keyboard. Sometimes....I have no excuse... ; )

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  85. hahah. so funny. Thanks for the good laugh.
    So when people said that they had "whale of time" at Royal Wedding, they meant this?
    And if you are not one of those grammar nazis, who could walk me to entire grammar chamber for a lesson, I would like to plead guilty to you're clam about lose in righitng and I totally believe in shaving the wales with help of wale people in Ireland
    Canada,China,Antartica one - pure gold.

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  86. Goes into the annals of grammar dos and don'ts

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  87. wow. I just read one whole page of your blog. funny. that's what we need sometimes..

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  88. Sheesh, I always knew I was bad at geography. Where is this magical country of Whales?

    As for the grammar side of things - I know I don't always speak/write properly, but it does kill me a bit to see the misspellings you pointed out in your post. Another grammar bit that REALLY makes me cringe - a lot of people here in the south say things like, "I seen that at Walmart"... Yes, "I seen". Ugggh.

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  89. Too funny! Loved this post :-) ! Still laughing...

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  90. Ahahah I support saving the wales. Nevermind the whales, I mean Welsh, they can save themselves :)

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  91. "I begin to feel as though I have been shanked by the alphabet." I feel like this EVERY time I give my class a writing assignment.

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  92. Maybe Prince Harry has special powers over the whales that we didn't know about! This is almost as cool as the life-sized Lego sculpture of him at Hamleys. I wonder...could a life-sized Lego whale be next?

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  93. Best Line: Wales are just surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

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  94. I like your version of the Prince of Whales, with his well fitting crown and all. I don't think the whales would appreciate Prince Harry ruling over them unless he learned deep sea diving. But then again, maybe even that wouldn't do.

    Love this post!

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  95. I wish I had found this blog a long time ago. There's not many times when you can say lol online and actually mean it. (I guess there are no times when you should actually say lol offline. You just laugh.)

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  96. I'm from Wales and I am Welsh! You can save me. Send lots of money in unmarked bills.
    Di
    X

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  97. Grammar Nazis of the world unite! Come together, save the Welsh...err I mean whales!

    You are quite funny! I just love your drawings!

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  98. That kind of grammar (I spelled that wrong the first time!) mistake drives me nuts.
    Great post! Lots of fun!

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