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July 24th, 2005

Let’s Just Make It ‘Kids’ Again

Yesterday in response to Ryan’s Ping addressed to Dear Olsen twin Pinger jk asked, “What are they teaching kids in terms of standard written English?”

I present to you the Chicago Public Schools’ program Kits for Kidz. This is a great program, offering school supplies to homeless children. But why, why, why do we need to continue with the “Z” at the end of “Kidz”?

“Kidz” is probably the most used incorrect spelling I’m aware of. A Google search for it brings up well over a million pages. MSN’s Kids section – located at – actually is MSN Kidz. If you’re looking for stuff to do with kids in London, London Kidz. The Kulture Kidz (aaaargh!) will teach you about African-American history. The list goes on and on.

I’m very curious about the origin of throwing a “Z” on the end of an otherwise fine word. I trust it happened at the same time a Kids’ Corner became “Kidz Korner” or Cool Kids became “Kool Kidz.” But it’s not too late. Let’s stop the madnezz and make “s” be cool and kid-like again. Let’s just make it “kids”.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Sunday July 24, 2005 -- 3:22:49 pm
You know, I'm concerned about this same problem. I'm glad someone else commented on it, making it OK for me to finally speak up! (That's my problem, dangit - always waiting for "someone else".)
"CBS Kidz", for their Saturday morning programming, is another example.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Sunday July 24, 2005 -- 4:06:12 pm
just re-watch that episode of the Simpsons where Homer gets to be the voice of a cartoon character. I think that explains it!

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday July 24, 2005 -- 4:27:59 pm
Gasp! I inspired a Ping. I feel fabulouz.

FROM: Laurie
DATE: Thursday August 11, 2005 -- 10:05:17 am
Spelling kids as kidz is not really as disturbing as the rest of that letter regarding the Olsen twins. I am more concerned with the grammer and punctuation and spelling of words that were altered for a TV show that started a basically a fad to spell kids differently. I am not perfect when it comes to my grammer and punctuation, but when I need to be, it is where I am fully capable of using the proper usage with few mistakes. The education that our children are receiving these days, is one that I have found disturbing because it's not where not every teacher takes the time to correct the students wrong spelling, grammer or punctuation. I one time saw that my son misspelled a word and when I brought it to his attention because it was notated on his assignment by the teacher, it was where my child told me that it was spelled correctly, so at the parent - teacher conference, I mentioned this fact to his teacher, and I was told that she wasn't grading his work for spelling. This I found disturbing because although that may be true, she still should have corrected the spelling error, so that it pointed out the word was not correctly spelt.

FROM: michael nix
DATE: Tuesday January 24, 2006 -- 10:37:41 pm
hey wats up just so you know i got emails now so ping back.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday January 24, 2006 -- 10:42:12 pm
Oh! Great?

FROM: michael nix [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 1, 2006 -- 9:06:33 pm
hey i can stay out side in your face im kiding

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Steve May 25, 2008, 7:43 pm

At londonkidz we try hard to be *very* accurate in our use of the English language. And as for spelling, despite having no talent, we just aim for perfection. I write this as someone who corrects “less” when you mean “fewer”, who puts three “i”s in liaising, who hates “very unique” and even considers “alternatives” can only mean two choices, rather than many choices. But, sadly, we do not have the domain name for Even worse, the owner is not using it. So we have to make do with a phonetic equivalent. Sorry.

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