I can't shake off Embarrassing Illnesses

I mentioned on Friday that last week was the most popular in the blog's history for an 'embarrassing' reason. Here's why.

Back in January one of our regular contributors emailed us about an advert she had spotted on her work intranet regarding an upcoming Channel 4 TV show called 'Embarrassing Illnesses'. I then wrote about this on the blog – and as well as mocking the central premise of the show, I also pointed out that the intranet advert at one point spelt the word 'embarrassing' with one 'r'. As I wrote at the time, everyone makes spelling mistakes, but come on – the word 'embarrassing' was in the name of the show...

So far, so ordinary. But on Monday last week, Channel 4 aired the first episode in the series (now going by the title 'Embarrassing Bodies') and the blog started receiving hundreds of hits from people Googling 'embarassing illnesses channel 4'. Note the single 'r'.

How ironic – by blogging about misspellings I attract people to the blog who can't spell.

3 comments:

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha...I understand this pretty well, seeing as tons of people find my site by typing in "hors devours"--and then they hit upon a posting of mine in which I mocked people who misspell hors d'oeuvres. ;)

Editrix said...

Hey, at least you know you're not preaching to the choir. These people NEED to be told how to spell "embarrassing."

And it beats getting hits from people googling "miniskirt to show off legs" or (more creepy) "hot legs miniskirts." Use the words "legs" and "miniskirt" in the title of a post--just ONE post--and you become the go-to blogger for fashion advice and racy photos.

JD said...

'Hors devours' is actually quite funny... and 'hot legs miniskirts' isn't as bad as 'gay toilet sex', which is another popular Google search that leads people to this blog.