And I’ve been a technician for 8 ½ years and an instructor for 3 years! How can I show my face in public again? How can I possibly go on professionally? What is it that I’ve done, you ask? What could be so horrible? You’re probably guessing at this point that I’ve been putting a locking clip on a lap-only belt (Hey! I’m the one with the locking clips web page!). Nope, not that one. Nor have I been installing restraints with the clip-on style LATCH connectors upside down. Nope.
I have been spelling “car seat” as two distinctly separate words. Evidently that is the WRONG way to do it. Some background for you as to how I suddenly had an epiphany about spelling the word “carseat”. (Aha! See, even my MS Word spellchecker thinks carseat is spelled incorrectly! I’ll have to fix that, I suppose.) I’m on my state’s CPS task force. It’s basically a think tank for all issues related to child passenger safety in our state. We’ve been tasked to create a curriculum to train our highway patrol officers, so our education subcommittee did just that. As a group we edited it, then I took over to re-edit and make some more changes. As I went through it, I noticed inconsistencies in the spelling of “car seat” and “carseat.” So, I polled my tech friends and found that I was the only one of many who spelled it as 2 words. Sigh. I’ve seen it spelled lots of times as a single word, but I’m stubborn and right most of the time, lol, and, well, you get the drift. So, I’ll eat a piece of humble pie and spell it the way the rest of you do.
Then, as I went on through the curriculum, wouldn’t you know: belt positioning booster. OK, so how do you spell it? Belt positioning booster or belt-positioning booster? I went with the hyphenated version in the curriculum, but darn, I’m lazy and I’m not gonna hyphenate if I don’t have to .
Change is so hard, don’t you think? You’ll have to give me a break if I slip and spell carseat as 2 words. Perhaps I should just stick with “restraint” from here on out .