Yes! Get me that diploma!

Yes! Get me that diploma!

I sometimes get spam. Actually, I very often get spam. Most of it gets zapped immediately, or sorted neatly into my own Spam folder; a few get through, and of those I occasionally take a peek. Which is always good for a laugh.

The one I got just a moment ago had “We are waiting for your nomination’ as the subject line. As I predicted, it turned out to be advertising bogus university degrees. Here’s an excerpt:

Bacheelor, MasteerMBA, and Doctoraate diplomas available in the field of your choice that’s right, you can even become a Doctor and receive all the benefits that comes with it!

In that one sentence, I can find:

  • three spelling mistakes (although it’s possible they’re there to fool spam filters),
  • one run-on sentence,
  • one subject-verb agreement error.

The rest of the mail also misuses quotation marks and capital letters, and the writer appears to be unclear as to the exact nature and use of the definite article. And these people want me to give them money so they can send me a piece of paper? I imagine it probably looks a bit like this:

This is to sertify that


has been awarding the diplomma


On second thoughts, that might actually be quite cool.