Sunday, 3 July 2011

Is "faulters" a word? Or is the SMH inventing new words?

SMH front page 3 July 2011
Look at the video new story on Cadel Evans - "Cadel in perfect position in Tour de France as Contador faulters".

I always thought the word was "falters". And looking up "faulters" in an online dictionary returns no hits.

Fairfax. Gotta love 'em.


Minicapt said...

In the Army, it's a type of ceremony: de faulters parade.


1735099 said...

In the sense the SMH uses it, they've made a spelling error. This kind of mistake is relatively common in the print media. Their excuse is deadline pressure.

Boy on a bike said...

They can't use a spell checker?

TimT said...

Maybe they need a falt-checker.

BTW, I make similar mistakes, often having to stop myself writing 'kneck', which I presumably mix up with 'knee'.

Anonymous said...

I had to write TOUCH (in upper-case) several times today, and for some reason I kept writing TOUGH.

Anyway, here's a poem about spell checkers.

Candidate for a Pullet Surprise
by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker's
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault's with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word's fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw's are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.