Monday, April 5, 2010

mespellings

The incomparable Karri Kokko—a Finnish poet and probably the best punner I've ever known, and that is while working in English, a second or third language for him (I'm not sure if his Swedish preceded or followed his English)—has, just now, sent me a note (via Facebook) entitled "mespellings," which is an interesting now about the art of pwoermdy and its possible effect on real life:

An observation: Putting a lot of time and effort into coining pwoermds--ofttimes by deliberate distortion of common utterances--makes one, strangely enough, hesitant or unsure of the correct spellings in one's everyday vocabulary.

pw(o'er)md
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