The LOLCat Gods Are Not Amused

Oh noes! The LOLCreashun contest is taking the name of LOLCats in vain! And for that we shall all be punished:

Looks like we’re all going to LOLCat Hell for this (“You can has pitchfork!”). Well, I say it’s worth it. Also, it’s not too late to enter the contest; it runs through Sunday. Don’t worry, Ghlaghghee will not actually be judging the entries.

By John Scalzi

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21 replies on “The LOLCat Gods Are Not Amused”

I dunno whether to jump for joy or break down crying.

I think this the first time I’ve ever seen a prominent large font with the proper spelling of “judgment” anywhere on the Internet (and most places off the Internet.)


Sacky, would it increase or decrease your joy and/or sorrow to know that “judgement” is just a valid a spelling as “judgment” in either UK or US English (and is the more common spelling in UK English)?

John, it might be worth checking the WordPress comments scripts: the name in the form just came back to me pre-populated with “Nora”. This isn’t a shared PC, it’s on a static IP, I’m not Nora, and on checking, you do have a commenter called Nora.

It was just the name returned, so obviously not a big issue on this occasion, but it might become a bigger one if it starts showing email addresses to the wrong people….

Hi John,

Just a comment to say that I found your CreashunLULZ thread from catvincent, and have posted it as a discussion to the livejournal religious discussion forum, convert_me, with appropriate links so that those talented Macro artists get the credit they deserve. For initiating this pure brilliance, I hereby initiate you into THE HOUSE OF THE RISING COLLAPSE. May you use the Breeze of Laughter and/or the Wind of Bullshit for the continuing betterment of your fellow monkeys. Here is your official POEE Pope Card.


sacky @11:
Lots of stuff you learned in school is probably a lot of BS, and not just spelling. I highly recommend Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen for more on how your knowledge of history may be faulty.

My experience is that grade-school English teachers are an overly persnickety lot. FWIW, I believe you’re half-right: “judgment” is the preferred spelling, at least in the US, though Merriam-Webster lists “judgement” as a variant. And my Firefox spell checker also seems to agree with you. :)

I’ve always spelled it “judgement” and have never had a teacher correct me. Then again, I had a thing for English writers in my youth. It took many, many years before I stopped adding that damned “U” in “color” and “humor.” And I’m still struggling with not doubling my Ls.

M-W has many weird variants, like “advertize”. “Advertise” is a word like promise, premise, surprise, … that isn’t a “something + ise/ize.”

“Advert” is a back-formation from “advertise”.

In this space, we should be referring to “Jujment cat”

The use of the term ‘mutt’ to describe a cat is, IMHO as a pedantic ailurophobe, both linguistically incorrect and likely offensive to both sides of the canine-feline divide. No need to piss off Judgment Cat any more than necessary.

O Great Scalzi, in the words of the great Willow Rosenberg:


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PS – Her Glorious Shimmering Radiance is unmoved simply because we (you in particular, though) are completely unworthy. We must all strive to reach Her minimum standards. For example, you might achieve momentary glory by publishing more frequent pictures of Her Sweet Magnificence. Say, four times daily.

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