A grey area for the Queen’s English

Jon Bauer, Herald staff

Humour us: The Everett Silvertips hockey team says it will field two teams for tonight’s Spelldown spelling bee, a fundraiser for youth programs at the library. Among other teams, The Herald team of Mark Carlson, Jennifer Nolan and Your Buzz Correspondent will match vowels and consonants with American and Canadian contingents from the Tips.

We’ll commit to a fair match, but if the Canadians think they can get away with using a bunch of superfluous U’s and swapping out S’s for C’s, we’re throwing down our gloves.

Grateful dead: As part of 2009’s economic recovery effort, almost 72,000 stimulus payments of $250 each were sent to people who were deceased, a government report says.

While the report criticized the payments, the American Association of Living Dead said the payments were appreciated in the zombie community.

Don’t be cruel: A judge in Tupelo, Miss., the birthplace of Elvis, briefly jailed a lawyer who declined when the judge entered a courtroom and asked everyone to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

A compromise was reached and the attorney was released after he agreed to sing the chorus of “Love Me Tender.”