- Spell check April 22
For Paris Hilton, former presidents, and even P.F. Chang's, the correct spelling of Colombia (yes, the South American country) is a challenge. A common mistake is to replace the second "o" with a "u," spelling it the way one would when writing out the name of the university or the nation's capital. And frankly, Colombians are sick of it, so they're launching a new movement called "It's Colombia, NOT Columbia."
Tens of thousands of supporters are publicly shaming violators by trawling Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the misspelling and posting about it with the hashtag #itscolombianotcolumbia. One of the campaign's creators, Carlos Pardo, told the Wall Street Journal that he just wants to educate people.
"We're not trying to insult the people or companies that make this mistake," Pardo said. "We don't say 'Hey, idiot, fix it!' We just say 'Dear so-and-so, it's Colombia, not Columbia.'"
The spelling error suggests to Colombians that you're insulting their country. Spelling the country's name correctly, Pardo and his followers hope, will encourage the world to realize that Colombia isn't a hotbed for cocaine and terrorism, but a beautiful place with a thriving economy. "We Colombians have a confidence about our country we didn't have before," said spelling activist Tatiana González.- - Jordan Valinsky
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Don't blame Chuck Hagel: Obama's foreign policy has been a disaster from end to end
- 17 old proverbs we should use more often
- Adam Sandler's 'Thanksgiving Song': Explaining the 22-year-old tune's pop-culture references
- 8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy
- 13 vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving
Subscribe to the Week