Saturday, October 21, 2006

Spelling bee contests

  1. Why is ESPN, of all channels, broadcasting a spelling bee contest?

  2. More important, why the hell am I watching it?
Both very valid questions, but my post is about the need for such competitions: the quirkiness of the English language. It almost seems like making a virtue of a necessity, and brings to mind the glorification of design patterns, when some people consider them as nothing more than ways to overcome the deficiencies of some programming languages.