Friday, November 28, 2008

Clander selling out? Grammatical errors suggest he is!

Speaking of whiterpeople and their collective insistence on proper grammar, there is reason to suspect Christian Lander is selling out (another thing whiterpeople detest)! From his recent post on pea coats:

If you think about it for a second, this means that the coat is European, Coastal, and Vintage. Three of white people’s favorite things.
The latter 'sentence' is only a fragment. From the same post:

This makes them feel better than the white people have spent thousands of dollars on an identical piece of clothing.
We are missing a "who" in that sentence. Amongst SWPL's whiter readership, there is surely an aspiring copy editor or two out there who'd love the opportunity to do something for the whiter community. In all of his success, Clander appears to have forgotten his roots. He's turned to the wrong kind of white (or non-white) people to do his proofing!

It's more than an isolated incident. It's starting to look like a pattern:

The most notable is Soccer since for some reason it is wrong to get fired up about Football game, but right to get fired up about a Football match.
Has "Football game" become a proper noun, never mind the confusing capitalization of "football" in both instances?

Grammatical errors exist in three consecutive posts, and they're three of the most recent posts to boot:

It is so popular, that every white person home contains at least one book from The Onion.
We need either the comma or "that", not both.

One more from the Onion post, please. Look, don't get mad at me, I'm just the messenger. If you really want a whiterperson to succeed (and who would want to squander such a historic opportunity?), isn't it better to ensure he is able to respond and react to his own shortcomings than allow him to wallow in his own crapulence (it's a Simpsons reference--I haven't turned my back on my whiterperson heritage!) while making excuses for him?

This is because every white male under 35 is convinced that they could and should be working for The Onion.
"Male" is singular, "they" is plural.

Okay, I'll stop.


Scrutineer said...

Has "Football game" become a proper noun, nevermind the confusing capitalization of "football" in both instances?

"Never mind," not "nevermind." (fragment intended)

Amongst SWPL's whiter readership ...

Do you also use "whilst"?

Audacious Epigone said...


Well, I'm not a Ph.D in whiterpeople studies--I'm only an aspiring amateur.


Okay, I have been subjugated. The noun has been changed to the appropriate verb phrase. Just don't scrutinize any further, please!

Stopped Clock said...

I notice the term "whiterpeople" is slowly spreading outside of the Steve-o-sphere and has made a few appearances on SWPL itself, as well as totally unrelated areas such as xkcd. It's a good way to find out where our readers are at when they're not over here. (use the + or else you'll get tons of false positives).

Anonymous said...

I've noticed the same grammatical
errors in a number of articles on
line on science sites. My guess is
that proof reading is done by
sub-continent Indians or H-1b visa
holders in the US.

Audacious Epigone said...


I even thought for a second the term was used in The Atlantic, but it was from a comment.