Graeme Swann’s selection for England has opened up an old, rancid can of worms. Worms of spelling. Spelling worms.
To rid the world of these vile spelling worms once and for all, Graeme Swann is a Graeme, not a Graham.
Here are some more famous cricketing Grahams/Graemes:
- Graham Gooch
- Graeme Hick
- Graham Thorpe
- Graeme Smith
We’ve long had a belief that people who use Yahoo! Answers are the dregs of humanity, so imagine our delight when we found that there was a Graham/Graeme issue on there.
Yahoo! Answers is a website where people ask a question and ‘the public’ provide answers. It’s a massively flawed concept – as with anything involving the public. It seems to attract the kinds of people who are moved to answer questions when they don’t actually have answers.
If you enjoy being irritated and hating all of humanity (like we do) it’s well worth a read. People will actually answer a direct question with ‘don’t know’, as if the world can’t get enough of their words.
In answer to the question, ‘should I name my son Graham or Graeme?’ the user ‘graybear’ (no capital) answers:
“I had no clue how to say Graeme when I first read it. I left off the R and thought, ‘Gay-me?’ The next thought was Gray-me. You and he will get really sick of correcting people.”
graybear eventually concludes that the child shouldn’t be called Graeme, because “it’s not worth it.”