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Disclaimer: 3CM the loser has never deliberately heard any music by the artists mentioned in the article in question.

In Brazil, there is a chain of English-language schools, Red Balloon (no idea if the name has anything to do with the classic 1956 Albert Lamorisse film, but it sounds likely - ironic since the film is French, but 3CM digresses, as usual).  Something that Red Balloon recently devised as a teaching tool got a write-up in The Guardian, among other places.  The idea is to take, from Twitter (where else), celebrity tweets (English-language, of course) with poor grammar, and for a team Brazilian kids to correct them.  The team has the name of "Celeb Grammar Cops" (although one can argue that perhaps it should be "Celebrity Grammar Cops", but that might be too long for Twitter).  More (though not much) below the flip....

In her article, Harriet Gibsone sums it up:

"In a crafty attempt to help its students learn in a modern, engaging way, the Red Balloon English language school, which has branches in several Brazilian cities, has been getting its pupils to critique celebrities' badly written tweets.  The 'Celeb Grammar Cops' are a team of children aged between eight and 13 who respond with the grammatically correct edits to celebrity solecisms. The team was formed when Red Balloon teachers became worried that their pupils were absorbing too much grammatically incorrect or colloquial English in tweets by entertainers. Once the Cops have located their target, they then use the @RedBalloon twitter account to revise the tweets, sending suggestions for corrected versions."
Some examples of originals and corrections:
"(a) Rihanna: "@She's my rock so I hold on to she tight!!!"
Red Balloon student Carolina, age 11:  "Hi @rihanna! I love your songs. My name is Carolina. I'm 11 years old. It's not to she, it's to her. bye bye".

(b) Soulja Boy: "She not a queen if she don't belong to a king"
Red Balloon students Mayara (age 11) and Ana (age 8):  "We're 11 and 8 years old. Did you mean "she's not" and "she doesn't"? :)"."

Granted, in the Lady Gaga example that was quoted, I think that the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta didn't type "crowed" deliberately, but that was just an accidental typo.  Since 144 is the magic number on Twitter, one does not, or should not, deliberately waste characters :) .  

Interestingly, in the comments section on the Guardian article, on the correction to the Rihanna tweet, commenter Jerome Brathwaite says, with a dollop of wisdom:

"Actually, in the instance where Rihanna uses 'she' instead of 'her', she is using the dialect of her birthplace Barbados. She is using the Bajan dialect. I don't think anyone should go around trying to 'correct' a dialect. Dialects are per definition non standard."
One wonders if this kind of tool to teach grammar to American (or even Canadian - think Justin Bieber) schoolkids would work.  I have the sneaking suspicion that such a tool would backfire big-time.  Plus, this kind of correction probably wouldn't go down well with one's classmates in a US setting, putting that kind of person in the dog-house socially.  (Yes, 3CM does rather resemble that remark.)

Of course, the whole point of Twitter is to communicate a message in as compressed a manner as possible, within the linguistic space of 144 characters.  Thus abbreviations that a knowing audience can mentally translate are part of the Twitter vocabulary, as well as sometimes deliberate use of odd grammar or word choice to convey a sentiment.  Case in point, from someone whom the Celeb Grammar Cops won't even think to study, the American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (who recently won two prizes in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, very un-loserly of her).  See if you can spot the grammar gaffe from one of her June 25, 2013 tweets:

The recipe for happiness is simple: 2 kitties + 1 hamster in a ball toy from Hamley's = hilarity! Add 1 napping hubby & you've got happy. :)
No hamster here (nor an SO, but then 'twas ever thus with 3CM), but just a bit of light frivolity for your Saturday night.  I'm currently off somewhere else to be back in a few hours, so yup, this is yet another autobot-posted SNLC.  In the meantime, until I (hopefully) get back, you can observe the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week, Twitter-related, grammar-related, or otherwise.....
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  •  so, from here...... (6+ / 0-)
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    jwinIL14, cfk, oculus, jlms qkw, Dumbo, Youffraita

    .......recently went to the coin laundry to wash a blanket, using the big side loading washer, cost $4.50.  Except that I accidentally "jammed" one extra quarter that didn't register, and I didn't think to hit the return button to get it out.  Net cost of washer:  $4.75.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 04:17:02 PM PDT

  •  hi (5+ / 0-)

    We left the cave, today, to see three grandbabies and shop and eat out.

    The weather was beautiful and in Michigan we cherish such days.

    The addition has a roof with shingles so progress continues.

    My list of things that have to be done, yet, is very, very long.

    It will be nice when all is done to have more space.  The old kitchen is not as big as in some RV's.

    Best wishes to all here!!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:01:52 PM PDT

    •  This is one of the nicest summers (4+ / 0-)

      we've had in my recollection here in Southern California.  It was 85, but it was a nice dry 85 today, and that's as hot as it has been all week and I barely noticed it, being inside most of the day.  Global Warming has been a disappointment this summer.

      My tomatoes, though, are long shriveled up and dead, though.  How are yours doing?  

      •  Our tomatoes are doing well (3+ / 0-)
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        and hubby gave a way a bushel to the neighbor lady today who will can them.

        He has his bench out by the road with some on it that people like the mail lady can take, and we took some to my daughter-in-law, too.

        But something got the squash and he thinks the pumpkins are in deep trouble.  He replanted them back a while.

        He took peppers, too, and basil and corn.

        He put up an electric fence to keep the raccoons out and we have had really sweet corn.  

        I guess we could use some rain though since it has been a couple of weeks and with the roof on would do no harm to the building.

        Now, we have to hope that the first frost will hold off and it usually does for a while.  My grandbabies start school in ten days...well, nine, now.

        Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

        by cfk on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 11:42:08 PM PDT

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        •  I only recently discovered I had raccoons. (3+ / 0-)
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          I knew I had skunks and possums to keep an eye out for.  And even a few squirrels using the phone lines as tight ropes.  Long Beach is a dense town, so it astonishes me we could have this much wildlife.  

          The raccoons scared the crap out of me.  I opened the door and found a family of four of them on the porch drinking the cat's water.  They didn't run and scatter either, like I would have expected.  They just stared at me like, "Oh yeah, want to make a big deal out of it?"

          I've never tried growing pumpkins or other squashes.  I would like to give pattypan summer squash a try at some point.  It's the only summer squash I like.

        •  we definitely need rain here, even after..... (3+ / 0-)
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          ......we got nailed back in June and May with some really torrential spells.  I think with the rest of the dryness this summer, any water table "soakage" or the outlying MO areas where quite a bit of land seemed water logged is pretty much gone.  Of course, the areas hit by wildfires need the rain more.  But we can use some rain again for sure.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:27:45 AM PDT

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      •  don't think that GW is a disappointment in.... (1+ / 0-)
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        .....wildfire-stricken areas, unfortunately.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:26:10 AM PDT

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    •  mild spell here of late has been genuinely.... (1+ / 0-)
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      .....surprising, and pleasant, if for no other reason that I could turn off the A/C for a week.  However, it's now back on, now that we're back to "real" summer in the 90's.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:23:16 AM PDT

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  •  One would think this diary might include (5+ / 0-)

    a yes or no poll:  do you tweet?

  •  Have any of you seen Into the Heights"? (5+ / 0-)
  •  do you tweet? (4+ / 0-)

    or do you just watch ;-)  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:39:33 PM PDT

  •  I posted a long comment just (3+ / 0-)
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    a while ago over in Ellid's diary.  A nice long one about teenage love and drawing Binky.  Maybe I should have saved it for a diary.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    I see Steviningen has a diary up about Tchaikovsky and gay and Russia.  I'm thinking of writing my own.  It seems somewhat ironic that at a Russian Winter Olympics they are going to try to ban all things gay.  Even if they try to keep their most famous composer out of the opening ceremonies (I wonder if they will), how can they keep him out of the ice skating competitions?

    I think people should stand up and clap long and hard whenever Tchaikovsky is played at the Olympics.  That alone would send a strong message.

    •  It would have made a good diary (4+ / 0-)
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      I kosmessaged it to Top Comments -- with any luck, it will be there tomorrow night.

      It was really a terrific comment, Dumbo.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 11:07:28 PM PDT

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    •  did you see Stephen Fry's commentary..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ......on his blog about the Winter Olympics next year?  It's an open letter to David Cameron et al..

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:06:04 AM PDT

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    •  Nothing to do with Russia (1+ / 0-)
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      or the Olympics, but I think this is a very nice version of Rhapsody in Blue:

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 11:55:55 PM PDT

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      •  I remember that this performance was..... (0+ / 0-)

        ......HD-cast to movie houses, I think, and also broadcast on PBS.  Thanks for the heads-up.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:51:48 PM PDT

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    •  BTW did I ever mention that (1+ / 0-)
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      Rhapsody in Blue is my go-to song whenever I have an earworm from the shit played on the Muzak I can't control at work?

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 11:58:31 PM PDT

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      •  Yup. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm scratching my head over something now.  Wasn't there a 70's Gershwin disco hit?  I can't remember what the name of it is, but I have it stuck in my head.  It was one of the early big disco hits.  It was orchestral, no singing.  I remember that it was the theme song for Regis Philbin's show for a long time.  

        •  I don't remember it (1+ / 0-)
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          but you're probably right.

          http://www.youtube.com/...

          Could it be something there? I searched YT for "disco Gershwin" and just in case the link changes by the time you read this, came up with three likely ones:

          "Gershwin '79 - the man I love_embraceable you (disco) 1979"

          "CLAUDJA BARRY 'SUMMERTIME' 1977"

          and, oops, 1001 Discos Ella Fitzgerald sings Gershwin can't be it b/c it's not instrumentals if she's singing.

          But 1977 and '79 aren't early disco. Early disco was '73 or '74, I think. Certainly the hustle was around by then.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 10:49:50 PM PDT

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  •  Three bushels of small and odd-shaped pears. (4+ / 0-)

    I cut them in quarters or halves. Then I boiled them til soft, put them through a food mill, and put them on to cook in slow cookers to become pear butter (with various spices and a shot of Grand Marnier). Tomorrow I will can it all up. Plus the fifteen or sixteen pints worth of pear sauce, which is a delight of my eldest son and which he never gets.

    He's getting it this year; they put up seventy quarts of pear halves in syrup. I got the too small to can and odd looking ones for the butter.

    And then we went out clubbing. And now I'm tired and going to fall down.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 10:48:36 PM PDT

  •  Pretty lame loser story this week, 3CM (3+ / 0-)
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    :-D

    Okay, from here: I promised myself that my income tax refund would go toward a new pair of prescription lenses. B/c I so desperately need them (okay on distance: close and mid-range is bad. I can sorta-kinda see this screen & my register at work through the top; but more and more really am using my bifocals to read midrange and taking off my glasses entirely to read everything else like books, newspapers, etc. Yes, I probably need trifocals, oh joy).

    Naturally I procrastinated, bought novels, new shoes for work (expensive! b/c my feet don't like cheap shoes: they are agony) and, y'know, little indulgences like Chinese delivered. And wonderful cheeses. Stuff like that.

    So now I need to wait for NEXT year's tax refund, and in the meantime it's a damn good thing I'm a touch typist.

    Meanwhile, I have lots of neck pain b/c I'm tilting my head back (to see through the bifocals) both at work and when I'm reading online.

    Shoulda bought them as planned, last spring. Sigh.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 11:21:08 PM PDT

      •  Need an eye checkup first (1+ / 0-)
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        but progressive is probably beyond my budget.

        I will go to a locally owned optician, not a chain (and definitely not an online optical thingie) b/c I not only trust them, I seriously don't trust chains or online ventures to get the prescription right.

        So this isn't going to be cheap. But if anything goes wrong, I will have a store I can show up and complain, and if experience serves, they will accommodate.

        Really, though, I think they're competent and more than competent.

        I have no such expectations of chains and online optical stores.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 12:28:13 AM PDT

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    •  well, in terms of cumulative..... (0+ / 0-)

      ......loser-osity, after a fashion, it qualifies.  I'm the same with the house-cleaning here.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:03:53 AM PDT

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