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"And ever since reading The Rats of NIMH as a child I'm a sucker for infinity images too."
is an error. You're thinking of "the Mouse and His Child".

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrisb

I knew there was something wrong!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMateus

interesting how many of the comments were for 'complane' when it wasn't the first error one would encounter when reading the strip.. but this can be explained by them:

(a) not bothered with reading the "instructions" but going straight to the dialogue
(b) preferring to/thinking that it ought to be read comic manga style (right to left)
(c) thinking that "irritateing" was spelled correctly


May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE

I see nothing wrong in this entrie comic. Wondorful spelling, prefect grammer, and I do beleive that this has gots to be the BEST draun work YETI!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

As an unabashed grammar Nazi, I was left twitching and grinning by the end of this. Brilliant comic, sir...especially the meta-mistake. That one made me chuckle a good bit.
Strangely enough, the only mistake I *didn't* notice the first time through ("complane") seems to be the most noticed. I caught all the others on the way through, and figured out it was intentional by the beginning of panel 3.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Bradshaw

Scot, your sutch ae smarrt alek. No, rilly.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

man i didn't even notice any mistakes until you pointed them out.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradam stardust

you all know that this is a joke, right? read the last panel!

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpooker

Indeed, Mr. Meyer. Hilarious. Being the Grammar Nazi I am, I started recording errors. By Panel Three, I had to suspect something was up, because the errors were multiplying exponentially, even for you. Then the joke pays off in Panel Four. I'm sure there are anal retentive grammar Nazis out there who are still gibbering after reading this comic. Well played, my good man. Take a fez, smoking jacket, or Mexican wrestling mask out of petty cash.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

Wow, I guess now you know how to get tons o' comments! Just add grammatical mistakes! Awesome.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott Not-Meyer

Is this a record for comments yet? Take away 2 from Noparadise and 1 from Jelli, and there must be 50 comments already. Wow!

Die in a fire? Really, A Lover of English? You took this one a little too personal. Or maybe die in a fire doesn't mean what I think it means.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

I'm an editor. I've never said anything about your spelling or grammar.

This comic wounded me.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolf

genius... that is all :)

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersmyles

You got me ! I bow tou you Scott !

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristophe Thill

Very Good stuff. Crafty

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames


May 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaverick1014

I love the number of people that were so compelled to point out small mistakes that they commented prior to getting to the last pane.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiz

The grammar... my head... oh god...

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Let's be honest with each other, Scott: you just created this comic because you were tired of spellchecking your work, didn't you?

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlake

For the record, I like the infinicomic.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXenonym

even beter!

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Drain

I notice a lot of people are berating "grammar Nazis" for only catching some of the errors. These people then cite the 16 errors they found. I found 19, and it wouldn't surprise me if there were more.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Pretty much the best BI ever. Jerk.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Most. Comments. Ever.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWilf


May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

I hate to nitpick, but it looks like you forgot to copy & paste a reduced & skewed image of the comic into the image of the comic you pasted into the last panel...which might be a meta-mistake.

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Scott, you should have done this comic in very, very dark blue ink (it would have been "meta").

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterroberticvs

I wish fewer people liked your comic so my praise would seem more important, but good job... and so you remember for next time: "next comic, don't make any spelling/grammar mistakes. And I'll be back in 5 comments."

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDArtagnon

I winced all the way through, then I howled! As irritating as those mistakes were, the language police really are worse.
Thank you!

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Brain... hurts....

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Annoying, yet strangely less funny than the average, unintentionally-annoying strip. Well done, sir, well done I say!

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLevon Charleyhorse

Scott Meyer: Nazi killur.

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDylan C

For those people complaining of being "wounded" after righteously doing the duty they were asked of, I must note that "prophesy/prophecy" comments came out as many as 4 days after the first person to mention it did so, and constituted over half of all responses to the comic.

While responding to a request for help is one thing, beating a dead horse into oblivion over a single arguable point is quite another. Read the other comments before hyping on a singular letter substitution, and perhaps people will appreciate your efforts more.

I can't imagine I was alone amongst readers who found the cacophony of anger over that single letter annoying, and I'm not surprised that Scott found it likewise.

Be polite, and you'll receive in kind. Shriek endlessly over a single letter, and the comics will cease to be legible at all. A good lesson, learn it well.

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Evil. Pure evil.

I applaud you.

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAND

9 pages of comments!? It's amazing how some spelling mistakes have created your most famous work yet. XD

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueenofmuffins

wow, people will actually put spelling corrections in the comments before finishing reading the comic so they can be the first to correct. of course I didn't read the comments before commenting, but there's 235 right now, so I feel justified.

you should put spelling errors in the first couple panels of every comic. probably get a few pages of corrections every time.

great comic, I caught complane but didn't realize what was going on until panel 4.

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterljdarten

Joel: sharp eyes, there.


May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCOVIZAPIBETEFOKY

So, is the fourth panel an infini-panel?

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam H.

I'm disappointed in you, for not misspelling "loser" as "looser" in panel 3.

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

great post as usual!

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTomPier

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