Weight, watt?

From an automatic pre-send spell check of an email I sent today, asking a PI for guidance on some subfield-specific terminology:

Apparently they're are too equivalent forms, butt won is preferable two the other

Very helpful.

In other news, I learned today that my online life is benefiting my career: years of experience in choosing cheesy pun-laden blog post titles turns out to be excellent preparation for suggesting cheesy pun-laden review article titles (although none of mine are likely to be used because the senior author came up with one that they like better); and all those times I’ve had to veeeery carefully reword a Tweet to fit the character limit have improved my ability to do the same thing when using restrictive grant application forms. Social media FTW!

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"one of the sillier science bloggers [...] I thought I should give a warning to the more staid members of the community." - Bob O'Hara, December 2010
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20 Responses to Weight, watt?

  1. Alyssa says:

    I <3 the title of this post.

  2. chall says:

    you know it’s always hard with that….

    Congrats on the silliness knowledge! I’d be happy to come up with some of your funnier head lines 🙂

    (i probably need to pracitce that 140 c restriction on twitter… )

  3. Steve Caplan says:

    Know-won out jeezes me on cheezy puns–especially awful review titles. Try this won on for size:
    C-terminal EH-domain-containing proteins: consensus for a role in endocytic trafficking, EH?

    • I think that one’s disappeared up its own organelle… Or come to a bad end(osome).

      • Steve Caplan says:

        I think we could put your pun in a new organelle coined the “awesomesome.”

        • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

          Oh dear.

          The review is about using a new technology to undertake a much more comprehensive and unbiased approach to discovery in a field than has been possible in the past. One of my suggested titles was “Mine the gap: the impact of [shiny new technique] on [field]”. The other was a geeky sci-fi pun. The senior author is going with a Greek mythology spin instead though.

  4. cromercrox says:

    Ah, punishment.

  5. Erika Cule says:

    Cath, were you not aware of this research?

    I wonder whether the findings would be the same with blog post titles and hit rates as the data but I suspect not.

  6. Nina says:

    Is this why so many english native speakers make that STUPID mistake? It’s just the spell-check?
    (I’m a bit of an English grammar freak by the way. I think I’m better at English everyday grammar than at the Dutch and certainly the German equivalents)

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