Breaking God’s spel?

Users of magick are pretty hot on the idea that the bedrock of their reality manipulation techniques are linguistic. If words are thought control and if you want to become a good spell caster it’s vital you brush up on your articulacy. That includes the basics such as, err, spelling. So, if The Gods really are magick users who manifest their intent with language I suspect this story will annoy them a little more than their followers here suspect. From Oklahoma’s NewsOK:

A Ten Commandments monument is up on the grounds of the state Capitol, but it didn’t pass spell check.

“Remember the Sabbeth day, to keep it holy,” reads one.

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidseruent,” reads the last one.

Rep. Mike Ritze, whose family paid for the monument that was put up Thursday, said the monument company has been contacted and will correct the errors to the words Sabbath and maidservant.

“It’s a simple fix,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, who hasn’t seen the installed monument. “Scribner’s errors or misspellings are not uncommon with monument manufacturing.”

Read more at NewsOK, includes interesting debate about seperation of Church and State.

A side note here: I’m convinced that the law of returns will dictate I’ve left a spelling mistake in this article and now look like a total twunt. If you spot one please don’t point it out in the comments section, it’s been a busy day…

Nick Margerrison.


Nick Margerrison

I write on Disinfo for fun, I've been a fan of the company for years.

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  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    “law of returns…spelling mistake… comments
    section [PERIOD] [ CAPITAL I ]t’s been a busy day…”

    You didn’t mention grammar.

    • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

      A semi colon would also work quite well.

      • Nick Margerrison

        I seem to have used the word “if” in every other sentence as well…

        • Apu Nehasapeemapetilan

          Meh, what’s the matter? The internets are such an ephemeral medium.

          • Nick Margerrison

            True dat.

  • Zenc

    Funny, but still not as darkly comic as this one:

    “The plaque stated, “Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive.”
    But the name should have been “James Earl Jones,” the Tony Award-winning actor and voice of Star Wars’ Darth Vader, The Lion King’s Mufasa and CNN.

  • BuzzCoastin

    spelling magic is for alphabetic cultures
    you can’t spell something wrong in character based writing systems
    and in English, spelling has long been arbitrary (Noah Webster not withstanding)

    but when it comes to creating with thoughts and words
    specificity is more important
    once I enchanted, “I want some pussy & I want it now!!!!”
    a few minutes later a cat in heat showed up at my door
    I learned to choose my words more carefully from then on

  • Shane L Harris

    You spelled your name wrong.

  • zaped

    Magick for me is anything but linguistic. You create the sigil to beat the limited filter of language, and give the desire a symbol of its own that is beyond language . The part of your being that has the power to change reality in remarkable ways responds to images, visuals that are worth a thousand words. The most straight forward form of magick is just pure imagination, actually visualizing what it is you want changed or created. But thats easier said than done, because its hard to picture everything, so creating a symbol to concentrate on, bypasses a lot of mental blocks. Beside all this, I feel that in life if you are humble and respect the universe around you, the magick gets done for you by a force truly god like. No such things as a coincidence and there are very complex systems of magick, that are works of performance art and those pre programmed systems need to be performed accurately for a positive result to be achieved as they are also creations from a previous experiment in magick, ultimately there are ancient methods given to an initiate that only require day dreaming or focusing thought on the positive. Life is stranger than fiction, for sure.

    • Sir Legendhead

      Well put, and at the same time I can see the value of being linguistically precise as I read your post. You’ve done a fine job of properly focusing the energy you intended to share with the universe. It’s the difference between a lightsaber and a fleshlight.

      (see what I did there)

    • Sir Legendhead

      Well put, and at the same time I can see the value of being linguistically precise as I read your post. You’ve done a fine job of properly focusing the energy you intended to share with the universe. It’s the difference between a lightsaber and a fleshlight.

      (see what I did there)

  • Gregory Wyrdmaven

    I think the problem is people not being able to read writing, whether it’s misspelled or not. In the case of this article on a government entity putting the 10 Commandments up on the property I point to this written by Thomas Fucking Jefferson:

    “[N]o man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.”

    Now granted it’s not in the Dec of Ind or the Constitution, it’s from 1779’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom that he wrote. But it seals the deal about what the Founding Fathers meant about Religious Freedom, which is freedom, but freedom from religion and the complete distancing of it from civil life. The fact that America has never obeyed this sentiment shows that the USA is an experiment still in progress and the Old World sentiments of Theocracy are very hard to shed. The Founding Fathers knew that a country founded on Reason could thrive…and they knew for it to thrive you had to excise religion from its workings…since trying to apply religion to the running of a society is like herding cats.
    Fiat lux