From the Mayor’s Office comes this press release about Earth Market’s change in schedule due to the gross-ass craptastic weather this week. Click here for the screen-cap because you know his office is editing this as soon as someone sees this post.

The headline:


Earth Market in Market Square to take place this Wednesday and Friday only


The first sentence:

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s first Earth Market in Market Square has been cancelled today, tomorrow, and Thursday due to inclimate weather.

The conclusion:

The Market was originally to be held Mon. – Fri. of this (sic), but has been rescheduled due to inclimate weather.

Lukey, you keep using that word, but I don’t think it means what you think it means, because it’s not actually a word.


Snoop Dogg is not your friend, but spellcheck totally is.

Next time, just take a lesson from me and use “gross-ass craptastic.” Or better yet, just approve a press release full of words that aren’t real:

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office announced today that a totalmently overhaul of the 311 system was underway due to great confuzzlement and flustration by Pittsburghers who were supposably calling in pothole tips that were not being reconotated by 311 staff. Gruntled residentialites are forthwelcoming the new analyzation by the Mayor’s office with one residentia calling it “hugemongous awesomesauceness.”

(h/t Triangle)

32 comments on this post.
  1. Marcy:

    haha!!! Still not changed as of 7:45 AM – just awesome.

  2. PK:

    Or as of 8:10 a.m. Nice to see that Ms. Doven is on the ball.

  3. ~ Anna:

    Saw that yesterday, and cringed. BUT……..according to some sources, ‘inclimate’ IS a word, meaning ‘unseasonable weather’. I’ll stick with inclement myself.

  4. Butcher's Dog:

    Cite those sources, Anna, so the rest of us can make fun of them, please.

    And it’s 8:20 and it still hasn’t changed.

  5. Silica:

    10 o’clock. Still inclimate. English teacher shudder.

  6. Jules:

    Wow. One of my pet peeves – misspellings (OK – did I spell anything wrong – that would be embarrassing!).

  7. Stephen:

    I don’t expect everyone to be perfect. I make mistakes, including grammatical ones.

    However, when I get emails from people who make *so* much more money than me, or people who are paid specifically to write, or (less likely) both, it drives me up the wall. You are getting PAID to write properly. Do it.

  8. Jim:

    10:25AM, still not changed. But the City of Pittsburgh Twitter feed from 22 hours ago says “bad weather”. Perhaps decided to go with a shorter work for the sake of brevity?

  9. Katie:

    “inclimate is not a dictionary recognized word”

  10. Erin:

    AMEN. This drives me crazy. The mayor’s office must use the same proofreader as the Post-Gazette.

  11. Jonathon:

    Language Log once weighed in on this one, as a “poignant example of humanity’s search for meaning in its linguistic experience, thwarted only in part by technology”:

  12. Jonathon:

    The only one I can find is Urban Dictionary…

  13. Kilgore Trout:

    Well at least he’s not president… and he didn’t go to Yale… and he’s not a pigeon.

  14. Moxie Bestos:

    Supposably. My most-hated non-word.

  15. lisa:

    flustrated! I am that way 50% of the time. at least! love!

  16. Butcher's Dog:

    Actually, shortly after the English teachers shudder they should be rubbing their hands together in glee. It’s just more evidence that their job skills are needed and they won’t be outsourced to technology any time soon.

  17. Butcher's Dog:

    I’m not real fond of people who say “Picksburgh” myself.

  18. empirechick:

    Certainly no knock on English teachers, but given the common misuse of the apostrophe, I wonder if kids are paying attention.

    It’s and its are bad enough, but these signs are proudly displayed at my local Kenny Ross dealer: Cadillacs are here. Buick’s in stock.

    Someone explain the difference between those two plurals?

  19. Lisa G:

    When the incorrectly-spelled ‘definately’ is used instead of the properly-spelled ‘definitely.’ Makes me cringe every time I see it.

  20. inBrookline:

    Personally, I think inclimate is a perfectly cromulent word.

  21. bucdaddy:

    The Associated Press stylebook prefers “canceled,” IIRC.

  22. Butcher's Dog:

    Kids don’t pay attention (says the retired English teacher) because mom and dad will come in and complain if they get a low grade because of misuse. And that doesn’t even begin to deal with the impact of texting and the rest of the social moonscape that passes for communication these days (says the certified old fart).

    I used to tell kids, “Its and his mean the same thing. If you wouldn’t write hi’s, then don’t write it’s.” Some remembered, most didn’t.

    Technically the Kenny Ross sign means that they have Cadillacs for sale and just placed someone named Buick in stock.

    My favorite mistake is “than” and “then”. Most misuse comes from mispronunciation, sadly. As we learned from Forrest Gump, Shit Happens.

  23. MN:

    Unfortunately, many teachers under the age of 30-35 are no better than their students when it comes to proper use of grammar or correct spelling. Spellcheck won’t work if you have no idea what the proper word is in the first place!

  24. Z:

    Lukey isn’t the only one. Here’s a great sentence I just read.

    All incoming Emails are historized and saved in relation to the Email the
    operator has sent. The mail message (Reply) is recorded in the Email list
    on the tab Related Records.

    Historized…really. Now it’s my job to make some sense of this mess (this is just one example). Oh well, rewriting bad documents gets me a paycheck.

  25. Pensgirl:

    YES (and Moxie, ditto your example). My brain can’t help but read it with a long “a” when it’s spelled that way.

    Also? Photo captions that say “Bob and I.” Who says “This is a picture of I?”

  26. Margie:

    that is the one word I always spell incorrect. I’m very thankful for spell check, it saves my arse every time.

  27. SteelCityMagnolia:


    It makes me completely nuts when the captions on WTAE’s newscasts have misspelled words. And when I find them in the newspaper.

    My brain nearly exploded when the Trib spelled Pittsburgh without the “h” in a photo caption.
    WTF PEOPLE!!!! You are a Pittsburgh newspaper, learn to spell it!!!!

  28. Margie:

    Still there – LOL

  29. Julie:

    My biggest peeve is using nouns as verbs. “I’m going to oil change the car.” “Let me screen shot that for you.” “Inbox me the details.”


  30. Butcher's Dog:

    True enough. At some point it has to pass through a functioning human brain. Sadly, all too often the only one it passed through was mine while I was grading the papers.

  31. CC:

    Well….it has been changed……to “inclemate.” Wow. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse…..

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