Bitch on the Blog

March 5, 2014

Serious question

Filed under: Books — bitchontheblog @ 04:24

Why do people insist on spelling Hemingway with two M?




  1. Because pronunciation in English is stupid. Normally we always double the consonant. Running is pronounced run-ing, while runing is pronounced rune-ing. Clapping is pronounced Clap-ing, whereas claping would be clay-ping. If lemmings are spelled with two M, why not Hemingway? Shouldn’t that read he-ming-way, instead of hem-ing-way? It’s just a common mistake due to confusion and lack of though I’d assume.

    Comment by geekritiqued — March 5, 2014 @ 04:35 | Reply

    • Geekritiqued, thank you for your enlightening input. However, it’s not just the English who can’t spell Hemingway. Not even those who either claim to be, or are quite cleary, educated. I shan’t name names because I want to live another day. And, no, paranoia is not my middle name. But people have come down on me over (innocently) querying a question mark, a full stop, the lack of paragraphs.

      I sound awful. I am not.

      I suppose, to some extent, my gripe is lack of attention to detail; you call it ‘lack of thought’. It annoys me. Detail is important to me. Not that I myself can’t be slap dash. I am. Not least on my blog. But there are fundamentals. Of course, when in a more mellow mood, one might say: What does it matter how someone’s name (or anything else) is spelt/spelled? Except: It DOES.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 5, 2014 @ 05:08 | Reply

  2. Geekkritiqued has certainly done a great job explaining the double-m pathology. I was wondering what the demographics are of people who feel a need to spell Hemmmingway.

    I am also wondering why this is a “serious question”. Dr. Wiki says that he had a sister named U who also committed suicide. I hope that wasn’t U.

    Comment by Looney — March 5, 2014 @ 04:58 | Reply

    • My question ‘serious’ in as much as some things which bug us are not taken seriously by others – see my answer to the unspellable Geekritiqued (one k only).

      My brother’s name is Alexander, he is no doctor and certainly not Wiki. So, as far as I can tell, I haven’t, yet, committed suicide. At least not physically.

      See you on the outside of the ark – at a safe distance,

      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 5, 2014 @ 05:16 | Reply

  3. Just cannot resist being flippant.

    Comment by rummuser — March 5, 2014 @ 06:41 | Reply

    • Dear Rose, forgot to ask you at the time: What of the thorns?


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 5, 2014 @ 10:48 | Reply

  4. That’s so irrittttttttating

    Comment by finlaygrayJohn — March 5, 2014 @ 10:04 | Reply

    • It is, isn’t it, John. Or as the Angel used to say before he could fully flex his little tongue round all the letters of the alphabet: “Mama, it’s idditating”. Wonder who he picked that one up from as one of his first words. Insert smiley. Another one was: “Don’t wally, Mama. Everything will be alright.”

      Thought you’d forgotten me. Mind you what with the menagerie and you baking Mary’s cakes first thing in the morning it is a tight squeeze to get your attention.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 5, 2014 @ 10:43 | Reply

  5. Geekritiqued has it absolutely right. I was taught that in a ‘vowel-concsonant-vowel’ situation the second vowel ac like the ‘magic e’ as in Bede or cage. the double consonant forces the use of the ‘short sound’ of a vowel whilst the single consonant followed by another vowel forces the use of the long vowel sound, except when there are varuations from the rules. So often the case in English. David Hemmings follows the ‘rule’ but David Hemery does not.

    Ramana, when did I find that then? Mind you I do like the rugosas…sturdy plants…they fill the air with thier scent and then produce the most magnificent hips…. BTW it’s ru…go…sa (three morphemes) wink!

    Comment by magpie11 — March 5, 2014 @ 12:25 | Reply

    • I wasn’t going to mention David Hemmings (I take it you think of “Blow Up”) but I bet my last m that he is the reason so many do misspell Hemingway. Main thing to remember that Tennessee Williams fires on all double cylinders and the Welsh like nothing better than stashing away four lls into one name: Llewellyn.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — March 5, 2014 @ 12:42 | Reply

      • No…can’t ever remember seeing Blow Up and I admit to having to check on how to spell Hemmings…
        Hemery was different… I remember watching him at the Mexico Olympics …… and the shock of finding out that he had succumbed to drugs in sport…but he has served his time and is now a success…. noe ther is an interesting double consonant..

        Comment by magpie11 — March 5, 2014 @ 15:11 | Reply

  6. Obviously a Geek…

    Andro xxxx

    Comment by Gray Dawster — March 5, 2014 @ 18:54 | Reply

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