You say "moran" and I say "moron".
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Posted by mikeh (+307) 11 years ago
Go to Merriam Webster and type "moran" and you get "The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Click on a spelling suggestion below or try again using the search bar above."

Go there and type "moron" and you get "1 usually offensive : a person affected with mild mental retardation
2 : a very stupid person:"

The moral of the story is: call a person who displays questionable intelligence a "moran" and you risk looking like a ... well...you know the rest!

Sincerely,

Grammar Girl
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Posted by David Schott (+16636) 11 years ago
Get with the program, "Grammar Girl".

http://www.urbandictionar...term=moran
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Posted by mikeh (+307) 11 years ago
Geez...now I kinda feel like...like...like a moran!
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Posted by David Schott (+16636) 11 years ago
Don't feel bad. It's come up on these forums many times since that guy's photo appeared in the news. Blame it all on the Internet. And now you're part of the "in" crowd.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+757) 11 years ago
The new type of "English" being used and somewhat accepted nowadays, thanks to texting and laziness as well as inability to actually type on a keyboard, makes it necesssary to just look at a word and try to figure out what it's user is trying to convey to you.
Good luck. I view bad spelling as gibberish from the boobousie and tend to ignore it, and them. Which is too bad because sometimes even a moron has a point worth considering.
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Posted by David Schott (+16636) 11 years ago
Jeff still doesn't get it. Jeff might be a "moran".
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Posted by Bridgier (+9023) 11 years ago
But morans rarely have such a point.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1432) 11 years ago
It's the new math - it's making us all crazy. Oh, and ebonics.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6171) 11 years ago
I work for a company that issued a notice to employees which used the word incent. Not even incentivize which is bad enough, but incent! Really?
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Posted by Bridgier (+9023) 11 years ago
that's just plain indecent
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 11 years ago
Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word
itself: "Mankind". Basically, it's made up of two separate words -
"mank" and "ind". What do these words mean ? It's a mystery, and that's
why so is mankind.

- Jack Handey
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Posted by Stone (+1591) 11 years ago
OMG, Wendy
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Posted by Shu (+1788) 11 years ago
You say moran, I say moron,

Tomato, Tom-ah-to, Potato, Po-tah-to,
Let's call the whole thing off.

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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2738) 11 years ago
Definition #8 in the Urban Dictionary must have really made GrammarGirl feel moranic:

Moran: A noob who posts a topic explaining to everyone how to correctly spell moron...

But don't worry, Grammar Girl. Many have made the same mistake before you, and many more will do it in the future.

Perhaps you would have better luck as Glammar Girl~!

[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (3/4/2010)]
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1316) 11 years ago


[This message has been edited by Steve Sullivan (3/5/2010)]
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Posted by Bill Freese (+474) 11 years ago
Maybe this guy was just so insightful that he was the first person to use the spelling "moran" ironically based on his own use of it.
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