Since it’s Friday and I’m feeling a bit wild, I thought I’d post a bit of a rant about common words that people misspell in the scripts I read. Apart from confusion over ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’, which doesn’t even register anymore because I come across it so often, there are a few that really drive me mad. For example (and these are made up lines by the way):
‘Ah Pat, sure that eggit/ ejit/ eegit over there wouldn’t know his arse from his elbow.’
The word is eejit. It’s a debasement of idiot and it’s a wonderful, brilliant, unique Irishism. Part of our eejitin’ national heritage. Google it if you’re not sure! Or actually, don’t Google it. Because Google is indirectly responsible for my next pet hate:
Sarah: ‘Annie, you wouldn’t believe the way he looked at me, it made me sick.’
Annie: ‘God, there’s nothing worse that being oogled/ oggled by some lech.’
What has the man in question done? Has he consulted a lesser-known internet search engine in an attempt to find saucy pictures of Sarah? I have a suspicion that this man was actually ogling Sarah. The hint is in the spelling. Ogle. Like Ogre. Not oggle, like goggled or oogle, like…well, Google. It’s nice to see that people are making an effort to ascribe an etymology to Google, even if it’s wrong: ‘Oh, when I Google something, I search for it. So when I oogle, it must mean something similar. But pervy.’
Google actually comes from the mathematical term googol,which means 1 followed by 100 zeros. So it’s a very big number and as such, only has sexual connotations for a very few people. We can all rest easy.