Monday, March 20, 2006

Smile!


You see the problem with Blog O’Sphere is that, like email, it is just so easy to be taken out of context. You can say something that is meant to be droll or humorous but unless you are a master at the “Smileys” someone is bound to take you up the wrong way. And sometimes, that ain’t funny! The problem is bad enough when you lash off a quick blog post, it is ten times worse when you are commenting. At least with your own post, it’s your own words that get misinterpreted. And probably no one even reads them. With comments, however, the original poster recognises that the premeditated exchange gives him/her ample reason to take umbrage.

I battle daily with the no-time-to-blog-properly-so-should-I-not-blog-atall dilemma. The particular problem being that if I waited until I had the time to blog properly, I’d never blog. But of course all those spelling mistakes must drive folk wild. A wise and quite aggressive (is there any other type?) man once said, “Fail to Prepare ; Prepare to Fail ;-)”. I know that is what he meant to say because Mr Keane was born with his tongue in his cheek. However Tom Humphries is clearly no master of the smilies either. Or perhaps it just got lost in translation as this pearl of wisdom was communicated by telephone from Saipan. No doubt the much softer line “Agh, sure Michael mo chroí, sure you aren’t even Irish ;-)” was cruelly twisted by a subeditor in the Irish Daily Mirror to that which had devastating consequences for Irish soccer. On three occasions during the England v Ireland rugby match this weekend, the fourth official laced his line “Of course it was a try” with several ironic smilies but none of them managed to make it to make it to the referee.

Who knows what other lines have been distorted by the lack of a good Smiley? :-)

Photo : Wikipedia.

4 Comments:

Blogger Omaniblog said...

Paige, would you mind putting all the spelling mistakes together. I am having difficulty finding them.

What's this about it being hard to find men who are not aggressive? Are you being sucked into that view, or have I missed it so far?

I must admit I didn't understand much of your last paragraph, maybe because I've not been in Ireland long enough.

I wish I knew how to do colourful images in my blog.

ps I hope you picked up my apology.

12:21 a.m., March 21, 2006  
Blogger Paige A Harrison said...

Glad to know that my increased attention to detail has had a positive impact on my spelling. It will be a short term abberation, I fear!

I fear that all the sparring on Gender issue has worked me into an unhealthy "Listen Sisters, All men are bastards!"-like mood. I hope that this is a temporary abberation also.

You have no need to apologise. I love your comments and the fact that you are always trying to better me!

9:05 a.m., March 21, 2006  
Blogger Omaniblog said...

You are a gem.

I better stop enjoying your blogs so much. People might get the wrong idea.

Now, what about your idea of reviewing blogs we have never read?

I keep thinking of reviewing the most successful Irish blog.

8:19 p.m., March 22, 2006  
Blogger Paige A Harrison said...

Hang in there Consultant Boy. I'm working on something that will blow your socks off. (I hope!) Should have something to post before the week is out.

11:12 p.m., March 22, 2006  

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