OK, those of us who post on Twitter know that it's easy to make typos when you're hurriedly sending a message of 140 characters. But it really doesn't hurt to take a few seconds to see if you've spelled and punctuated everything correctly. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, however, apparently doesn't take those few seconds. Now, some of the tweets that go out under Donald Trump's name may be the work of his staff — he has said he writes his own tweets primarily in the evenings, and during the day, he shouts them out to the "young ladies" in his office — but hey, they do go out under his name, so we will hold him responsible. And some of them show an embarrassing lack of familiarity with spelling — even that of proper names — and punctuation and grammar as well. Yes, we know we could call out the Donald on many things — but for today, we'll stick to copyediting his tweets.
This is a spelling Trump uses frequently, but according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, "judgment" is the preferred spelling. "Judgement" is a variant. Well, Trump's judgment is often questionable.
I Before E, Except After C
Apparently Trump hasn't heard that adage, or hasn't paid attention to it. There are some other exceptions, but the proper spelling is "received." And yes, the r is right next to the e on a standard keyboard, so that's an easy typo to make, but it's also easy to correct.
Examine Yourself Before Judging Others
While critiquing Hillary Clinton, Trump makes a spelling error, leaving the p out of "teleprompter." Fun fact: It derives from the brand name TelePrompTer, but it's now accepted as a generic term without all those capital letters.
Night Must Fall
It's pretty bad when you misspell the names of your supporters. And former Indiana University men's basketball coach Bobby Knight is a hero to many Hoosiers, although not to those who have been the targets of his legendary outbursts of temper. We don't know if he lashed out at Trump, but the candidate quickly deleted the tweet and sent out a new one with the correct spelling.
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
It's also not a good idea to misspell the names of cities where you're courting voters. It's Phoenix, Donald.
A 'Loosing' Proposition
This doesn't even make enough sense to be the basis of a joke.
Another city misspelled. Maybe Donald was bewitched by Kansas's largest city — which is spelled Wichita.
Chock-Full of Errors
This is one of several tweets with misspellings Trump sent out after one of the Republican presidential debates. He gets "choker" right once, then wrong. Marco Rubio had fun making fun of him.
Could I Have a 'Leight'?
Here's "chocker" again, plus a misspelling of "lightweight."
Dumb and Dumber
We bet Lawrence O'Donnell's smart enough to spell "dumber" correctly. And by the way, his show's still on the air.
No Respect for the President
It's one thing to disagree with a president, it's another to completely disrespect him — such as by alleging he's not a U.S. citizen. And Trump can't even be bothered to spell President Barack Obama's name right!
It was a great sharpener?
Maybe Trump has "choker" and "shocker" mixed up.
Paid in Full
Since we've heard Trump doesn't always pay his bills, perhaps it shouldn't surprise us that he misspells "paid."
The correct usage is "have gotten." And the whine about the media is familiar!
On the Receiving End Again
Trump again has that problem with "received." And "the next number of weeks"? It's awkward and makes no sense. In the next few weeks, maybe.
The possessive form of the word "it" is "its," no apostrophe. "It's," with the apostrophe, is a contraction of "it is" or "it has." It's a common mistake, but one we shouldn't tolerate from the prospective leader of the free world. Well, hope he never possesses that position!