Ok, I’m a little embarrassed now because I had a post up the entire day yesterday with a major typo and no one told me til the end of the day when my deary Emily sent me an email and let me know. I’m sure that was tough for her, but I’m SO glad she did because…HELLO! I know how to spell triple…it doesn’t have 2 “p’s” it has just ONE. Maybe you didn’t notice (ok, you’re off the hook) or maybe you did, and chalked it up to a rushed post with a typo, but maybe you read it and thought I’m slightly un-ejamucated and that I really think that triple is spelled with 2 “p’s”! Well, I do know how to spell triple, but when I posted the word embarrassed at the top of this post, I had to yell out to my husband, “does embarrassed have 2 “rr’s” or 2 “ss’s” to which he replied “BOTH!” To which I said…”really? it looks weird.” Then sometimes I worry about my grammar (and my tendency to have run on sentences) and I wonder if my friends out there that have strong English backgrounds (Liz & Rach) are wincing at my lack of proper punctuation and what not. So as I thought about this, and I likened it until having something stuck in my tooth.
You know how embarrassing it is to have a conversation with someone only to go home and see something stuck in your tooth and realize it had been there a long time. Enter that wincing sound. Yikes. Not good. I, for one, make it a personal goal of mine to inform others–whether close friends or just acquaintances–if I see something stuck in their teeth. I know how much I would want someone–whether close friend or acquaintance–to tell me if I had something in my teeth when engaged in a conversation with them. It can be awkward, I’ll admit, but a necessary awkward as far as I’m concerned. You don’t want to be offensive, but really, it is not offensive to me. Please, strangers, tell me I have something stuck in my teeth!
Now back to the typo thing. We see it all the time in blogging.
Someone going to the store to buy two apples ends up also needing to get some bananas, too. It happens a lot and honestly I think most of it is just lack of proffing proofing, and our brains giong a mile a minute as we try to just get finished with t yping when we have kids in the background asking for just 5 more minutes of electronic time when we really should be done with our electronic time, too! I know I wince when I see a typo on a blog and think, “oh, poor thing doesn’t know the difference between there/their/they’re” but maybe they do and it was just an innocent typo!
But really, we all have our words that we misspell, embarrassed as an example and calendar/lavender, I can NEVER remember!!! I also rarely even remember to use spell check, and just so you know…I did and if anything is spelled wrong (and there were a few–DANG!), blame it on technology!!! One more thing, when I asked hubby about embarrassed, I thought it was embarressed…nope! What are the words that you always mispell misspell?
*Edited to add: I am totally open to being nudged when something is misspelled, but maybe others aren’t. Also, maybe we could all wince a little less when we see a typo, because we all make mistakes! I know I will after realizing I really do mess up more than I realize. I like to type in low caps, because then people know from the start that I am not writing properly then the other mess ups don’t seem so bad because they look intentional. My husband said I was brave to write a post about typos.