There is No "P" in Hamster: Millennial Writer Has Meltdown Over Spelling of Hamster, Has Mother Call Her Editor
P.J. Media reports that Carol Blymire - a "communications and public policy executive, branding consultant, professor, writer" - took to Twitter on Friday to tell the story she overheard of a young writer, probably "in her late 20s," going over edits with her boss.
They had been speaking in low tones, but their volume got louder toward the end of the conversation because the young woman was getting agitated about a particular edit.— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
The young woman kept saying, “I don’t know why you corrected that because I spell it with the P in it.” The boss said (calmly), “But that’s not how the word is spelled. There is no P in hamster.”— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
Young woman: “But you don’t know that! I learned to spell it with a P in it so that’s how I spell it.”— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
The boss (remaining very calm and professional), let’s go to https://t.co/n2ZU5Uuuy3 and look it up together.
(mind you, this is a woman in her late 20s, not a 5th grader)
The boss says, “Let’s look over the rest of the piece so I can explain the rest of my edits.”— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
They do, and I can see the young woman is fighting back tears.
The boss is calm, cool, and handles this with professionalism and empathy.
Boss gets up from table and goes to her office and the young woman can barely hold it together.— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
She moves to another table in the common workspace area, drops all her stuff loudly on the table top, and starts texting.
A minute later, her phone rings.
The mother tells her that her boss is an idiot and she doesn’t have to listen to her and she should go to the boss’ boss to file a complaint about not allowing creativity in her writing.— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
The young woman kept saying, “I thought what I wrote was perfect and she just made all these changes and then had the nerve to tell me I was spelling words wrong when I know they are right because that is how I have always spelled them.”— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
I think I was most perplexed by the insistence of wanting to spell something the way she wanted to because SHE WANTED TO, ignoring the fact that there are rules and dictionaries.— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
And seeming offended that anyone would suggest the use of an outside resource as reference.
I asked a colleague about it, and he relayed a story about the time he gave an early 20something feedback on a writing assignment.— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) July 12, 2019
The young man quit the next day and had his parents call to tell him what a terrible boss he was for “correcting work that didn’t need corrected.”
WIBC host Tony Katz put it plainly Tuesday:
"This is exactly how I see Ocasio-Cortez, exactly how I see Ilhan Omar, exactly how I see a fair amount of the democratic party.
The facts are there on the southern border, but they pay no attention to the facts whatsoever - not on the border, not on a whole host of issues."
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