Anti-Tax Group Can’t Spell

Okay, this is funny. A local group in Indiana that opposes a $30 million bond referendum that would fund a new library seems to be in need of a library’s services more than anyone else. They can’t even figure out how to spell the word “oppose.”

A group that raised more than $5,000 to fight a $30 million bond referendum for a new Franklin library gave those on the other side a reason to snicker. “Citizens Apposed to the Library Project” filed their official financial disclosure documents April 20 with the Johnson County clerk.

There appears to be no truth to the rumor that the group will reform as Americans Against Proper Spelling. Or speling.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • shouldbeworking

    They probably voted against school taxes too on the basis of education being elitist.

  • Cuttlefish

    That’s “alitest”, shouldbeworking.

  • iknklast

    That’s no surprise to me, since teachers apparently aren’t supposed to bother about spelling anymore. As a college biology teacher, I’m expected to let spelling go, as long as it (sort of, kind of) sounds out to the same thing. I’m opposed to that policy (but not apposed to it?)

  • Modusoperandi

    This iz Amerika! If u downt lyk it, get owt! Thay spel just lyk the Fownding Fotherz did!

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne


    verb a-ˈpōz

    ap·posed ap·pos·ing

    transitive verb

    1 archaic : to put before : apply (one thing) to another

    2 : to place in juxtaposition or proximity

    Silly Ed. They will be apposed to the project when they’re standing next to it with picket signs. That’s what they meant all along and they’re sticking to it.

  • edmundog

    Any time a student asks me if spelling counts, I say “Yes, always.”

  • democommie

    I think that they made a typo, not a misspelling/mispelleen/mispeling. They meant to type the neologism, “Arposed”, as in,”The good citizenz of Maricopa County is “Arposed” the insertion of immigrants doing a “dirty sanchez” through the back door.”.

    Liberries? we don’t need no steenkeen liberries!

    * In other news, Shurf Joe has FOUND the proof that Obamandingo is NOT a U.S. citizen:

  • nedchamplain

    Amazed that the sign did not read “We opose any new tacks”

  • dingojack

    Demo – hey I’ve got nothing to do with your Prez! I was out eating babies near Uluru at the time – honest. 😉

    (not obaman) Dingo

  • David Marjanović

    Mandinga/Mandinké = a people in west (not east) Africa. That’s why I’m sure the pun on “dingo” is deliberate.

  • dingojack

    David – Ya think?

    :) Dingo

  • timgueguen

    I would expect people spelling oppose wrong to spell it as upose or uppose. A local accent thing, perhaps?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    A local accent thing, perhaps?

    It’s not a matter of local accent; the first syllable of “oppose” is a schwa, just like the first syllable of “appear”. (I checked both U.S. and U.K. dictionaries.)

    On the other hand there aren’t any common words beginning “upp-” to serve as a model, and the “u” in words with the “up-” prefix has a different sound than the “o” in “oppose”.

  • sebloom

    timgueguen, apposed looks rite ta me…I mean, wood you spell “away” like “uway”? Heck no.

    Let me just add that this maks me jus so prode to be an Hoosier!

  • Moon Jaguar

    Liberry apponents don’t suprize me.

  • democommie

    Dear dingojack:

    Let me hasten to assure you that no slight was intended.

    I’ve been writing “Obamandingo” since early 2008, to “fit in” on certain blogs. It is Obama+Mandingo*.

    Ken Norton’s character in the eponymously titled movie of 1975.

  • dingojack

    Yes, I got that, thanks.

    IT WAS A JOKE, Sheesh!

    ;D Dingo


    As to the anti-library group – perhaps this young man might give you some sage advice.