How Important Are Proper Naming Conventions To You?
Do you know what irks me? Like really irks me. Like, I could slap a dude for doing it, irks me.
When people say names incorrectly.
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Now, I speak as someone whose name is constantly misspelled or mispronounced so perhaps it’s made me a little erratic about these things, but sometimes I myself will intentionally mispronounce something just to show how much the pronunciation doesn’t matter because it’s a case of dialect, and yet in the same breath I will rage at someone who misspells the name.
I actually snapped at someone close to me just yesterday morning, because they would not say the full name of a title owing to it having ‘fucking’ in it. I’m serious.
Perhaps it’s just base pedantry, but that is how it is. In gaming, I get annoyed when people say “Lord of Shadows” when it’s actually “Lords of Shadow”, or “Shadows over the Colossus” when it’s actually “Shadow of the Colossus” and so on. Sometimes it’s just minor, a misplaced ‘s’ here or there, but sometimes they just call something an entirely different name.
If you listen to this week’s podcast, note how I have to correct the guys about a local distributor they thought was called Craving Novelty, when it’s actually Craving Novity.
Particularly irksome is when people refer to the ‘Game of Thrones’ books, rather than calling it by its proper name, A Song of Ice and Fire.
The inspiration for this article? I expressed frustration in the eGamer WhatsApp group because people kept saying “Watch Dogs” instead of “Watch_Dogs” which is the proper title, as pictured.
So now I ask you guys. Are proper naming conventions important or am I just a pedantic fuck? Let us know what you think in the comments.