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I corrected a typo on a whiteboard at school today - WIBU?

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clary Wed 18-Nov-15 00:50:52

We were looking round the fancy new school buildings at my kids' school tonight and there was some teacher writing on a board which included the word "barbeque" [sic]

I was able dextrously to doctor the q to make it a c. I hope this was in order. I also hope the teacher notices <evil cackle>

<disclaimer: I am a teacher too. Not sure if that makes it better or worse actually grin>

ClearEyesFullHearts Wed 18-Nov-15 00:57:36

"While the standard modern English spelling of the word is barbecue, local variations like barbeque and truncations such as bar-b-q or bbq may also be found.[9] The spelling barbeque is given in Merriam-Webster and the Oxford Dictionaries as a variant.[10][11]"

I'm not a teacher, though.

caroldecker Wed 18-Nov-15 00:58:41

Not in order. Chambers allows both spellings, so teacher not wrong.

clary Wed 18-Nov-15 01:01:15

Aargh nooo bar-buh-kway, who says that?

I am not open to a debate at all on the spelling grin, just wondering whether I should have messed with the teacher's work (which I assume was left on purpose to illustrate usage of the board in the new room).

fatowl Wed 18-Nov-15 01:06:41

I'm an English teacher and both is ok
I'd be mightily pissed off if you'd messed with my board if I wasn't even wrong

I do make mistakes and correct myself in front of the class. They love it when I make a mistake

SenecaFalls Wed 18-Nov-15 01:15:06

Barbecue is the preferred spelling.

SmillasSenseOfSnow Wed 18-Nov-15 01:17:35

I grew up knowing it as barbeque. Now tend to write barbecue.

RachelZoe Wed 18-Nov-15 01:18:13

Of course you shouldn't have messed with it, especially since it wasn't even wrong, what a strange thing to do. Bit cringey to be honest, I would just think "what a saddo" if I was the teacher.

MultishirkingAgain Wed 18-Nov-15 01:28:14

Spelling it with a q is perfectly OK - it's a widely used variant. So whether you are open to debate about the spelling is irrelevant.

So YABU. And you sound a bit silly really. Or ignorant. Or both.

sykadelic Wed 18-Nov-15 01:39:45

YWU. Barbeque is an acceptable spelling (but obviously barbecue is preferred and the teacher should be teaching there are variations).

caroldecker Wed 18-Nov-15 01:58:43

The c spelling is not 'preferred' both are considered equally acceptable

TheDowagerCuntess Wed 18-Nov-15 02:09:53

Cringe-o-rama. And only exacerbated by your gleefulness on the matter.

SenecaFalls Wed 18-Nov-15 02:18:18

No, they are not equally acceptable. Barbecue is older and comes from a Spanish word that has a c not a q. The que form resulted from people abbreviating it BBQ and then using que in the word. It began to be adopted by barbecue restaurants and then spread. Most style guides prefer barbecue.

WheresMyBurrito Wed 18-Nov-15 02:22:39

Yeah YWBU. Don't be such a dick, good grief. How would you feel if parents came to look round your classroom and started messing with your stuff?

goddessofsmallthings Wed 18-Nov-15 02:42:59

I enjoy cooking on a BBQ in the summer months, but I doubt the food would taste as good if I put it on the -tv- BBC.

Are you always looking to score points off other members of your profession by messing with their work, or was this particular ill-informed and juvenile act of your part a one off, OP?

<wonders if fancy new school buildings are equipped with state of the art cctv in every room?>

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Wed 18-Nov-15 04:17:09

yes you should not have messed with another teachers work.

When told that actually the spelling was completely acceptable your not interested in a debate ( though you may be joking) you corected a completely acceptable word which makes you even more of an idiot!

I hope the teach not only notices but knows it was you and has you marked out as that patent and treats you with as much respect as you clearly have for them! Ie not much!

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Wed 18-Nov-15 04:20:24

Teacher not teach clearly!

MidniteScribbler Wed 18-Nov-15 04:20:31

You sound like a dick.

StrawberryTeaLeaf Wed 18-Nov-15 04:39:55

If we're being weirdly uptight, I'm concerned by your use of 'some teacher' in your first para and also by the split infinitive at the start of your second.

It's usually best not to be weirdly uptight about other people's grammar, though, especially not in public.

chumbler Wed 18-Nov-15 05:22:15

I've done it grin

WanderingTrolley1 Wed 18-Nov-15 05:44:37


How old are you?!

claraschu Wed 18-Nov-15 05:45:10


Where's the split infinitive? OP seems to be quite ostentatiously NOT spitting her infinitive...

WowOoo Wed 18-Nov-15 05:58:21

I prefer your way of spelling it, but would have been a bit peeved that you messed with MY stuff.

You should have resisted the temptation, sat on your hands and twitched instead.This is what I do in similar situations, unless I know the person very well. smile

Wobblystraddle Wed 18-Nov-15 06:04:27

Not splitting the infinitive is also harming back to inflexible, illogical ways of writing in English.

Yabu. I'm an English teacher and literacy lead for the whole of my high school. As someone pointed out, I make mistakes. I give credits to students who notice my mistakes. If a parent did this I'd be angry. Especially if I wasn't wrong. Sounds like points-scoring.

Wobblystraddle Wed 18-Nov-15 06:05:08

Deliberately, clunkily not splitting the infinitive, I meant to say.

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