James Koehl

Published: March 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Jeff, as someone who has been to more Renaissance Festivals than you have theme parks, I can tell you that Disneyland spelled "Faire" just fine. "Fair" is fine if you are talking about a county fair.
Yes, I know you were just attempting some humor. You also knew that I was going to jump on this, didn't you? And before anyone jumps on me, Jeff and I are good friends. We went to "faire" last summer at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, and will be going to "faire" this summer at the Colorado Renaissance Festival.
Jeff Elliott

Published: March 8, 2013 at 7:38 AM

According to your own statement, we went to a "Festival" and not a "Faire" or "Fair".

Just saying...

James Koehl

Published: March 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM

The "official" name is Festival, but for those in the know is it known as "faire" as in "I'm going to Faire today". Haven't I taught you anything?

Just saying. ;+)

Brian Emery

Published: March 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Hello Jeff thanks for the update…. But I do not want Universal to rush the creation of a new attraction… Let them do the fantastic job they always do, just like WWOHP. They took their time and it is now the best attraction around…

Thanks again.

Jeff Elliott

Published: March 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM

@ James

No...they think of it as "I will go to the Fair"....people in the US don't add extra letter's to their spelling unless they are trying to be overly fancy...and in this case completely incorrectly and liable to influence the bad spelling of millions of kids, but the extra letters never come up when we are thinking or talking....

James Koehl

Published: March 8, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Jeff, I respectfully disagree with you. When I think of going to a renaissance festival, I not only say "I am going to Faire", I think it. And I spell it with an "e". I also don't wear a costume- I go in garb. Garb is a lot more expensive.
I don't consider myself overly fancy by adding an "e" to the word "fair". I consider myself to be alphabetically correct considering the location that the villages where renaissance festivals happen are supposedly located. All renaissance festivals are set in Europe, where the extra "e" is not only appropriate but traditional. England uses many more vowels than America does, because they have so many more to use. It is well known that Wales was so poor that they were forced to sell most of their vowels to England, and the English added them to words such as "colour","harbour", and "faire".
I would be more concerned with the effect of texting on spelling than I would be the addition of a vowel at the end of a word. The vowel helps to embellish the themed feeling (something that all of us in Theme Park Insider understand and cherish) that renaissance festivals attempt to create. I appreciate that you feel my writing has so much impact on today's society that my addition of a vowel can cause a crack in our literary foundations, but I must humbly disagree with you in this.
As in other areas, we must agree to disagree.
Jeff Elliott

Published: March 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I have spoken with the webmaster and we are planning on sending you a bill for all the wasted vowels in your post...

...those things aren't free, you know...

...and FYI you live 4,000 miles away from England...try to act like it...

James Rao

Published: March 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Great article, even better comments! You guys rock.

And you have to credit Universal for getting that gift shop up and running so quickly! Not even the money hungry beast known as Disney has had the intestinal fortitude and foresight to open a gift shop before the attraction it represents is ready!! Kudos, Universal! ;p

James Koehl

Published: March 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Mr. Elliott, I am attempting to keep this discussion civil, and you are resorting to condescending comments. It almost appears that you are attempting to divert attention from the inherent weaknesses in your arguments. True, I do live four thousand miles from England. You live approximately five thousand five hundred miles from England (give or take a few States) yet you write your articles in English (or as close to it as you are able to master). You live much closer to Mexico. Have you ever considered writing your weakly (sorry, that was a Freudian misspelling), I mean weekly articles in Spanish? Your humor might translate better in Spanish than it does in English.
As far as my use of vowels, all of the ones I use are paid for. My wife is a descendent of English aristocracy (the Earl of Shrewsbury to be exact) and King Henry VIII (Jeff that is "8th" in Roman numerals) deeded to him and his descendents the use of all vowels from the Welsh city of Port Talbot. We still have enough vowels to last us, at the present level of usage, until 2198 (April to be exact). The vowels that I use are all paid for and duty free. Robert, you might consider contacting me about the availability of vowel. I suspect we can provide you with a satisfactory supply of them at a very reasonable rate, and by not having to go through Mr. Elliott you don't have to worry about any possible skimming of profits through a middleman.
Mr. Elliott, please attempt to maintain some decorum in this discussions. We all remember too well the tantrum you threw when I defeated you in Theme Park Apprentice: Tournament of Champions. None of us want to witness that again.
Jeff Elliott

Published: March 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

You see, that is exactly what I am talking about....you spent nearly 300 words to say "you're a jerk". Vowel abuse and letter abuse.

To be honest, I gave up after the first sentence or two...I just couldn't get through your long winded rant. I could have if I wanted to, I just have better things to do than wade through the rantings of a loon...

James Koehl

Published: March 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I am sorry, Jeff. I forgot that I need to use small words when I talk to you. You are right. You are always right.

By the way, have you started taking the new medicine that the nice doctor wants you to take? I hear that it tastes just like chocolate.

James Rao

Published: March 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I love chocolate! Yummmm.
James Koehl

Published: March 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

James, Jeff's doctor once gave him a medication that tasted like Coors Light- he overdosed within six hours.
James Rao

Published: March 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

^That actually explains quite a bit about Jeff. Thanks for clarifying.

And, I still love chocolate.

Jeff Elliott

Published: March 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

I tried medication that tastes like chocolate once and didn't leave the bathroom for a week...
James Koehl

Published: March 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Jeff, that was a good one!
Tony Duda

Published: March 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM

All I can say is that James K is not a hypocrite, his last name has a totally useless, silent and extraneous vowel. Good for him.
James Koehl

Published: March 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Thank you, Tony! Actually, all the middle letters in my last name are extraneous. Everything between the "K" and "l" is silent. It's pronounced like the vegetable kale.