On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 08:11:21PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> You will find that when you point out the correct spelling to those who
> use this one, the response is not "oh, whoops," like it would be for a
> mistake.  Rather, it's usually a rant of surprising vitriol, a bunch of
> bizarrely constructed justifications for why their spelling is correct,
> and an insistence on continuing to use it.  You can see that happen on
> this very thread.

> That means "mistake" is clearly not the correct term.

> I find the correct term a bit mysterious, partly because I don't
> understand the impulse, but I suspect it's much closer to "dog-whistle"
> [1] or "tribal marker" than "mistake."

> The reactions of others is not about the spelling difference, which is
> obviously trivial.  It's about the refusal to change, the insistence on
> mislabeling something, and the surprising anger and oddly twisted defenses
> that ensue afterwards, making it clear that this is a marker of something
> much deeper and much darker than just a trivial mistake.

So... a shibboleth. ;)

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