Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Funny Typo Day
Did you know today is an official holiday in Seekerville? Yes. Today is Funny Typo Day.
Just for giggles and grins and to celebrate the holiday, I'm going to post some really embarraassing typos I have done and read lately. I am a TERRIBLE poofreader by computer. Did you catch that? LOL!
Part of my problem is distractions. If someone walks past me saying something...likely part of their conversation will make it into my ms...or worse, my internal monologue in response to whatever it is they're saying. Most women can multi-task. NOT ME.
Point in case:
---the second ms I sent in to Steeple Hill had the below bolded phrase. Keep in mind this is a big bad special ops soldier out in the field on a dangerous mission. Joel ripped open the Velcroe closure on his side pocket and tugged out his Sippy cup, taking a swig. (I meant CANTEEN. But apparently one of my children ran past asking for something to drink in that moment.) I didn't catch it but one of the editors did. THANK GOODNESS! LOL!
A recent ms I turned in had two typos that one of my critique partners caught.
As she walked across the bridge toward him, mammories assaulted Nolan. (Was supposed to say "memories assaulted Nolan" but I must have mispelled "memories" in such a way that the autocorrect in my word processor changed the word to "mammories". Unfortunately, Spellcheck didn't flag it because mammories wasn't mispelled.
I want to preface the following by saying that some of my very best friends are African American, Hispanic, Indian and other various Asian descent. I LOVE people of color. That said, here's what made it past me in that same book:
I had typed, "Sleek black flappers tucked beneath each armpit, Vince tanked toward the water."
Vince was donned in scuba gear for a water rescue after a small town bridge collapse. It was supposed to be "flippers" but I got the word mixed up.
In fact in my second book there are two wrong word usages in there that I didn't catch on galleys. Whoops! I can laugh about it now though. I get words mixed up often. If you read it, did you catch them? LOL! If you haven't read A Soldier's Family, be on the lookout for two rightly spelled but wrongly used words. LOL! Hey, I can turn the mistake on its head and use it for marketing.
Lastly, a good friend of mine who will remain nameless posted a prayer request to a prayer loop with hundreds of people on it. I have her darling permission to post this by the way. Her husband had a toothache and she MEANT to type, "Please pray for him, as he will be lumping boxes all day."
But instead, she typed, "he will be HUMPING boxes all day." And...she sent it to the loop. I laughed so hard. I DID pray hard for her...and her husband...between chuckles.
Okay...I've done a TON more...but lets shift the focus onto someone else.
Tell us...what's the funniest typo or typos you've read (or written!) lately? In a book, e-mail, newspaper, sign whatever.
Fess up people so I don't feel so alone here. :-)
And if you're really bored, see if you can find the typos in a couple of those pictures above.