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Old 08-08-2005, 05:46 AM
Mops Mops is offline
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Is there a name for this law? (spelling nitpick will itself contain spelling mistake)

I've done it, again - this time not in an Internet forum but in an e-mail to a colleague. As I have observed this phenomenon so often - with others as well with myself - I assume there must be a canonical name for this law/rule:

A message criticising someone else's spelling or grammar will humiliate its originator by containing a glaring spelling/grammar mistake itself

So, what's that law called?
Old 08-08-2005, 06:02 AM
Catalyst Catalyst is offline
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Well, on the SDMB, it's Gaudere's Law. Apparently it's known elsewhere as Skitt's Law and Tober's Lor.
Old 08-08-2005, 02:35 PM
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The first use appears to be this from Usenet:
From: (Andrew Bell) - Find messages by this author
Date: 15 May 90 02:30:30 GMT
Local: Mon,May 14 1990 10:30 pm
Subject: Re: Stories and writing quality.

Bell's First Law of USENET: Flames of spelling and/or grammar will
have spelling and/or grammatical errors.
Old 08-10-2005, 01:17 AM
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I personally observed this (just for spelling) a long time ago. I thought I'd posted it on Usenet back in the '80s under the name Tilque's Law, but Google Groups doesn't have it. Not that that means much, as I understand there are gaps in Google's Usenet archives from those days. I also doubt if I was the first to make such an observation.


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