This morning my wife asked me to look at a post she found very suspicious on Facebook. Not that it contained an occult message she was able to deceiver. Nothing like that. No, it was a picture of a beach with three large letters on it made from white stones, SOS. The caption told of a woman who had been on the island for seven years and was finally rescued after someone saw the SOS on Goggle Maps.
Now, I could have easily told her it was false. Even that the hoax was on the internet a long time ago. But I didn’t.
She told me she thought it was fake, “How would a woman spend that much time on an island and then be rescued without it being on the news? I think there is something wrong here.”
This is when I decided to play teacher. I told her all about Snobes.com (Snoops.com) and how you can look up crap like this and find out if it is true or false. She was intrigued and followed my instructions to the letter. When she was finished reading it she again followed my instructions and copied the URL of the Snopes.com (Snoops.com) page. She pasted the URL to the original post on Facebook. She felt empowered and announced to the world that this post was a hoax in the comment section.
Then she did something totally unexpected, “Snoops?” She asked.
“Snoops,” I said.
Then she points to the screen, “The e makes the o long…it is pronounced snO pes.”
“Maybe so,” I said, “but everyone pronounces it snoops.”
“Everyone is wrong,” she said.
So, instead of arguing with her I made a post and presented it to my Facebook friends.
They sided with her though.
The more I think about it the more snOpes sounds like a sophisticated version of snoops. “No darling I go to snOpes to check on all those post…Don’t be silly dear, Snoops is for those little people.”
It is snoops…not snOpes.
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