Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Grammar Nazis Beware

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Before I get inundated with e-mails of this, I figured I'd better go ahead and post it. So here's one for you, Lolspeakers:

Don't take my posting this as approval, however. While I appreciate the well-timed usage of the word "bebeh", reading entire sentences of this "language" gives me an almighty headache. So, if any of you DARE post some Lolspeak nonsense in MY comment section, there will be heck to pay! (Mostly in the form of me mocking you.) I mean it now - don't say I didn't warn you!

For those of you who think spelling friends "fwends" is cute, though, go here. Get it all out of your system, and then you can come back.


Hey Tanya, there's a gerbil on that cake!! Huh. I just noticed.
Tracy said...

Please tell me that's not a real gerbil. Please??

mustdestroyalltraces said...

so... is that the birthday gerbil?

Lisa said...

iz in ur comments

giving you hedake

People in the Sun said...

You can tell a lot about a family from the type of animals they have on their cakes. For example, you know they're gonna re-use that 1 for her 10th birthday.

Anonymous said...

Don't eat the "sprinkles"....

M K Glass said...

Wait... are ALL Gerbils a year old? Just this one? Is its name "Gerbils?" Iz so cornfused!

deckardcanine said...

"I mean, it now" -- eh heh heh, *there's* a way to bait a Grammar Nazi. (Should both those words be capitalized?)

die Frau said...

I didn't think gerbils usually celebrated birthdays. With cake. And life-sized "them" on there.

But you know what? I kind of love it.

Anonymous said...

Is that a real gerbil?

Crystal Chick said...

At least this time they can confirm where they hair they find in the cake came from.

Redheaded Mama said...

I actually posted this to my Facebook during my daily (ok, hourly) visit to ICHC earlier.
LOL @ Lisa, I think I scared the children laughing at that one.

sergeilovestonya said...

You have no idea how close I came to emailing this to you, but then I thought "oh I am sure that she'll get this emailed to her 1000 times!"

Funny that the sender-inner has my name! LOL

Anonymous said...

"Mostly in the form of me mocking you."

O rly?

TEH INTARNETS IZ SRS BIZNS.

talda said...

lol @ lisa. thanks for totally blowing my cover. now people know i wasn't working since numbers aren't nearly as much fun.

Perpetual Mommy Exhaustion said...

There's so much to ridicule...

I despise treating pets like people. A gerbil doesn't know what a birthday is! It doesn't want cake! It only sort of knows you're there!

It may be mean to get a gerbil's paws all froting-coated.

And lastly, I DESPISE this stupid text speak. Its not cute, its not smart and its not even efficient!

*sigh*

That's all.

Heidi 'n' Jeff said...

Ewe. Is the gerbil part of the cake? Is he stuffed with sugar and mounted and coveted like the frosting rose in the corner? I don't know why my brain went there.

Um. I don't know if you would be interested, but I am having a giveaway on my blog. It's free, just like your funny cake humor. :)

Mama On The Move said...

I almost sent this to you, glad I checked in first!

Katie R said...

The point of netspeak in these is to actually make fun of the people who use it. The people who make these don't usually approve of netspeak.

Beth said...

I don't want sprinkles, please.

Half Assed Kitchen said...

Lemme Guess...Blue sprinkles, right? Pink?

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

Anon E. Mouse said...

delishus gerbilz

Kevin said...

Truly, the comma placement, in this posting iz just, atro,cious!,

,Kevin

kyooty said...

oh but it's Kyoot

sendingtheclowns said...

Oh, sure, it's kee-yoot (the rodent)...but that little ****er wouldn't get anywhere NEAR 1-year-old if it were scampering and *sprinkling* all over MY food.

As for the lolspeak--personally, it makes me want to open a major vein, so I avoid it like I would an outbreak of a seriously contagious and deadly disease. ;P

Christina said...

This cake gives me hope. if a creature with a short life span can get a cake...my cats obviously deserve one!

a birthday cake where the honoree can't have any, how wonderful XD

D.B. Echo said...

That cake would also work for a pet snake's birthday!

Aviatrix said...

Thank you so much for the prohibition. One of my New Year's resolutions was not to try to read the comments on ICHC or YouTube. I'd hate to have them come here to me.

I too considered sending you the cake, but then thought, "It's not a bad cake, per se, and if you're going to get a birthday cake for your gerbils, then they probably should be allowed to run around on it."

Hyena Overlord said...

gerbils live longer than a year? srsly?


vw...oures: lol victory is oures

Glory von Hathor said...

Somewhere, in an alternate universe is an alternate cake wrecks with a cake image posted on it, which says ("I want gerbil poo").

Becky B said...

So I'm totally confused now. Not by the cake, which was disturbing, but by that other link. Perhaps I'm a little slo?

Laura said...

I haz gerbilz.


Ok, you can kill me now..

Kelly said...

I looked at that website for 3 seconds and felt as if my head were going to explode. That is my worst nightmare.

drgns4vr said...

WV pravizi
Has this Gerbil no pravizi while making sprinkles?

kara said...

i didn't think that gerbils lived to one year, so congrats! and enjoy your newly diseased cake!

Jen said...

@deckardcanine: Ah. Yes. I was just testing you with that errant comma, of course. [innocent smile]

janet2buns said...

What are they going to do after the gerbil's photo op? Will they eat the cake after the gerbil walks on it? Will they feed the cake to the gerbil?

Tanya said...

Real gerbil or fake gerbil, that gives me the creeps. :::shudders:::

I love LOLCats, but I absolutely cannot take the comment section on that site. It hurts my head trying to read those comments.

Linnee said...

Ew. Gerbil on a cake? Srsly?

Elle said...

sorry, i couldn't resist...
i can has sprinkles? *hopeful grin*

Heidi said...

Alas, even gerbils don't get to have sprinkles on their cake.

I can haz sprinkulz on my caek if I wantz tu. ;D

Susan Maxwell Schmidt said...

Oh c'mon! Geekspeak *so* roolz! Yer blog is missin' sumthin' if ya dunno howz to be kewl wit da werds! UR2 anal 'bout dis. N wit dat, I be soooooo...

:::fleeing:::

Anonymous said...

A part of you has died today. Congratulations.

Now datz a caek a LOLcat can enjoy.

Talia Davis - PR Director said...

In this economic downturn, what we need to be spending our money on, clearly, is cakes for animals who will die if they eat them.

Isn't frosting on a cake like gerbil quicksand? Would you find a gerbil stuck in the middle of the cake, it's little paws covered in frosting?

I am now disturbed by this cake and may possibly have nightmares about gerbils in frosting quicksand and it is all my own fault.

Lori said...

I used to hate LOLspeak altogether but have gotten used to it in cheezburger's pictures and actually find it amusing there. It's kind of appropriate if it's supposed to be the animals talking. But if I'm trying to find out info on a picture and check in the comments, it just pisses me off to have to decipher through all the crap to find the answer. I don't usually bother with the comments.

beloved30 said...

Yeah- Don't eat the sprinkles... but you should also watch out for the yellow frosting, it's not airbrushed!!!

Amy Lynn

MalMal said...

As one of the probably 50 or so people to send this to you, I mostly thought you would appreciate the reference to sprinkles (or sprinkulz as the case may be). Goodness knows this is probably where some of the sprinkles we have seen on past cakes came from....
And come on - the silly string on the sides?? It would be a wreak without the gerbil *or* the textspeak.

And now I kinda want a t-shirt that says "I want sprinkulz"

Anonymous said...

So, is this cake for a litter of classroom gerbils that miraculously survived to age 1? And is that their litter-mate that didn't make it as an ornament?

Jenn said...

I think we (us?) Grammar Nazis have come to a decision that lolcats are okay because it is intentionally poor grammar, and usually quite funny.

I am Grammar Nazi, and I approve this cake wreck.

Bex said...

Ok I subscribe to Cake Wrecks and ICHC in my RSS and I thought I had read every post there ever was on both, so I was surprised this morning to see the source for the Gerbil cake listed as Cake Wrecks, since I hadn't seen the gerbil cake before. So was it ever on Cake Wrecks before today?

Nancy B said...

Iz gerbil taxidermist. U ned 1 fr speshel cak? Cal me.

Espa Roba said...

I hate lolcats and lolspeak and all of that crap.

Amy.mangos said...

I would be shocked to learn that this ISN"T a cake my dearest troll-making friend got for her gerbils. Emma, I love you, but if this isn't already your cake then PLEASE don't use it as inspiration!

Natalie said...

The birth of the LOLcake?

pinkwhiskey said...

oh come now jen, icanhascheezburger.com is hysterical, but the celecbrity lols and failblog make me laugh harder than anything, your site excluded. no bad grammar or lolspeak could ever take the place of your witty way with words

Digital Daguerreotypist said...

THANK GOD I'm not the only one who hates LOLspeak - it's so horrible and all I can think is that the person flunked 1st grade!!

Holly said...

Please tell me you did not just make fun of LOLcats...my opinion of you just went down a bit...

Mrs. B said...

Lisa...

lolspeak
UR doin it rite

Diana said...

Can I haz cheezburger?


Word verification: colump, as in whoever eats some of that cake is going to eat columps of gerbil hairz.

Trish said...

That Gerbil is sooo cute! (FYI gerbil urine doesn't stink as much as hamsters and other rodents, so at least he/she won't have stinky piss foot. He/she COULD have stepped in poo, though...)

I am a die hard Grammar Nazi. In some cases, the errors made are amusing. Especially when post-secondary educated TEACHERS make more spelling and punctuation errors than my 6 year old. However, the lolspeak baloney gives me a splitting headache, blurry vision and extreme irritability. Not a good thing! Worse part is it is harder to read than misspelled english.

becca.elpy said...

the gerbil is extremely disconcerting. wow!

Meg said...

I just got so confused, I was looking at my lolcats RSS feeds, finished looking at all the recent ones, and the last one was this Gerbil Cake (mmm Gerbil Cake).
Then I click on Cake Wrecks - definitely my new favourite funnies, you are AWESOME! - and turn away from the comp for a sec only to find the same pick. Guh?
Anyway, thought you should know some of these pics had my brother and I laughing with tears in our eyes, so thanks. - Meg
PS. yes, awesome.

Scritzy said...

I am owned by 17 cats, and I can assure you, not a one of them speaks in that alien LOL language. They may garble their syntax at time, but they know basic grammar rules. And they know how to use SpellCheck, too.

I have a feeling, though, that my cats would appreciate that gerbil cake for all the wrong reasons.

Word verification: coninuff. I've seen coninuff of netspeak, chatspeak and LOL speak, thank you!

Charles said...

Iz thawts uv u wen I saw tis pic.

(Both Cake wrecks and lol cats are in my reader, and look forward to both posts).

So who thought we would see a lol cat on here?

linz said...

after i deciphered it, i will admit i laughed.

gerbils have sprinkle turds. heh heh heh.

Cindy said...

I'll admit it: I love lolcats. But I HATE what lol-speak has become. It sickens me. Sure, say "teh" or "kitteh" once in a great while, but seriously? Every word? Every word has to be so incredibly wrong? Gimme a break.

I also hate when people can't take the extra second and a half to type "your," but instead resort to "ur." I have to say it all stunted and stupidly in my head, which translates to whoever sent it to me in the first place slowly but surely transforming into an idiot in my head. But I digress. That has nothing to do with cake, which I love.

Fluffy Cow said...

Hee hee! It's so cute and disturbing!

Amy Ellen said...

Love LOL Cats and love Cake Wrecks as well. I try to check both everyday. The cake is pretty funny, but then my sense of humor can be a little funny too, LOL

Sarah said...

I was hoping this would be here!

Denise said...

I think Lisa win the prize for that one.

I love (luv) LOLcats and was wondering if this one would show up here.

And that gerbil totally gets to eat the whole cake, because I won't be in line for a slice.

misketti said...

While I agree that LolSpeak can be a bit of a strain for the uninitiated, I have to say I've LMAO (is that allowed?) more over icanhascheezburger than ANY other website. Learn to overlook the grammar and enjoy the humour people!

Amanda R said...

ok - the total weirdness of buying or making a cake for a bunch of gerbils aside, along with the grossness of a gerbil sprinkle-making factory... i actually got a chuckle out of the link. especially the picture of the cat hiding in the corn pops cereal box. i liked the alternative quote though "sometimes you get the toy, sometimes the toy gets you." It'd also be the perfect quote for a clip I saw on TV where a catapault-like device flings cake at the birthday boy when he tries to blow out the candles. I'm gonna figure out how to do that one, and the caption will read "Sometimes you get cake, sometimes cake gets you"

Anonymous said...

At first glance I thought the caption was written in German...
Ez a gerbel on zee cakes, ya?

Ophelia said...

I will point out, pedantic as I am, that LOLspeak in its purest form does not destroy every single word as is demonstrated in this image. It's supposed to imply that the critter (supposedly the "speaker") has limited knowledge of English and phonetically substitutes where spelling is unknown, as in "I Can Has Cheezburger?" Misspelling every single word (or substituting with a homonym) kind of wrecks the point of LOLspeak and makes it nearly impossible to understand. It has forced me to abandon any attempt at reading comments on ICHC because I have to stop and figure out what the idiots therein actually want to say.

Subtlety is key. Rather, it should be.

The Lili Effect said...

Agreed about the headaches with that LOLspeak. I unfriend people who use it on Facebook.... my own mother will be next.

Business on TV said...

ugh...it's just bad all around in so many ways. is this from that horrid "i can haz..." blog? or "jennsylvania"? both awful...

HorribleLicensePlates said...

lolz iz kentajezz

Cottagecheap said...

Okay so....normally someone is "can I have a piece with a rose on it?"

Now they are, "Can I have a piece without a GERBIL on it?"

I hopez you noes we luvs caykwrex a hole lotz!

PS- my word Authentication is (NO JOKE)
loatict (as in LOL addict)

greyfuzzy said...

Of course the cake isn't for the gerbils... it's sort of like those parents who take their 3-month-olds to Disney World. Either way, the grown-ups think they're in for some fun, but they probably will spend more time cleaning up 'sprinkles' than enjoying themselves eating cake or spinning in a teacup.

Caitie Miller said...

I love the pictures on the lol sites, but I hate the way they're captioned. They're impossible to read and usually it takes away from the cuteness of the picture.

Amy said...

Ummm...so is the gerbil part of the edible decorations? Did it get there by mistake?
Did peepl acshuly eatz diz cake? :-p

~Amy B

alcoholinky said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaagh that's just so vile and tasteless

janet said...

Y'know, the only real complaint I have about CuteOverload is that Meg uses "eh" instead of "y" way too often. Does there really need to be a "kitteh" or "birdeh" ten times every post.

nicki said...

What I find kind of weird is that I just discovered Cake Wrecks about a week ago - the SAME DAY is found ICHC. These are the only humour sites I go to on a daily basis. And now I find you are linked, whether you like it or not. Coincidence? I think not....

mdex said...

First of all, I love your site and check it several times a week. That said, I also love lolcats. My son introduced the site to me, and was very kind to explain that the spelling was a bit "weird." After reading through a few of them, he asked me if I "got it." And I told him, of course I did. That's just how cats speak. :)

Sara said...

nawww. so cute. I miss my gerbils, and so totally should have bought them a birthday cake, if I had known their birthday. They also probably wouldn't have really liked the cake. They were much more fond of healthy things like grapes, peas and sunflower seeds.

Anonymous said...

OH NOES, SOMEBODY PUT LOLSPEAK ON A PICTURE AND SENT IT TO ME! IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!

Seriously, it's cute and it follows LOLspeak grammar. Calm down.

Ellie said...

LMFAO!!! i just saw the gerbil when I read your post!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lolcats: Funny.

Lolspeak: Painful.

I am conflicted.

Anonymous said...

OMG, i iz givin hedake? cieling cat tellz me to!

Anonymous said...

lolspeak is de language of de interwebs

TFHZone said...

Hedake.

U haz it.

lotsOpets said...

Gerbils can live to be up to three years old. However, if you feed them sugar they will probably not live as long.

the new world said...

To Jenn -- for a self-proclaimed "grammar nazi", it is quite shameful that you don't know to start a sentence with "we", not "us"... you said, "We (us?) grammar nazis..." You had the right idea, but adding that parenthetical "us" belied a little uncertainty. "Us" can NEVER be used a the subject for a sentence. Sound it out: "Us grammar nazis love grammar." Nope. Next time you get all grammar nazi on someone, make sure you have it right first!

On the same topic, "PerpetualMommyExhaustion" wrote: "And lastly, I DESPISE this stupid text speak. Its not cute, its not smart and its not even efficient!"

That should be IT'S.. "It's not cute, it's not smart and it's not even efficient." You are using a contraction of "it" and "is", not a possessive its, hence the apostrophe. Next time you go around insulting LOLspeak because it's not "smart", uh, make sure you have your its and it's straight. Thank you.

sulkycat said...

Not sure which has made me smile the most - the self confessed 'die hard' grammar nazis who leave incorrectly punctuated comments, or the actual original post ...

lolspeek said...

iz postin in ur commentz
annoyin ur lolspeek hateness

Anonymous said...

This r b givs meh teh funeez in teh tumeez1111!!!!!1111!!!1

Anonymous said...

iz also in ur comments

makin u annoyd

Iz lolcat
U no lolcat.

Anonymous said...

I iz on yer blog, specking in lolspeck!

Kuziko said...

IZ TROLLAN IN UR COMMENTZ
UNDERMININ UR AUTHORITIEZ.

Satirical lolspeak (which is the point of ICHC/lolcats, by the way. WOOOOSH.) is perfectly fine.

virginia beach said...

good thing they didn't use little brown chocolate sprinkles....but then again,it would be more realistic. Eewww