9.11.2008

On typos and such

I'm not sure if it's my newspaper family upbringing, or the fact that I'm so easily amused, but I love glaring typos. Let me clarify. I love OTHER PEOPLE'S typos. My own typos fill me with shame. But anyway.

I find great pleasure when I'm reading a book and find a typo. I mean, a book -- that's got to have a team of proofreaders that went through it, right? Newspapers, magazines -- love to find me a typo. It probably comes from all the people stopping us on the street to show us one in the newspaper. Hearing the "Doesn't anybody proofread these?" for the millionth time. I'm not saying we shouldn't strive for excellence. Typos are a fact of life. Get over it.

I mean, who doesn't crack up over the Pubic Library? Or worse, something about the pubic access at the lake? I mean, when it's not your mistake. And let me tell you something, spell check isn't going to flag that.

So when my friend emailed and asked me this week if I wanted to come over to her ho tub this week, I was thrilled. First of all, heck yeah. Second, a ho tub? Hilarious. I may never call it a hot tub again. I thoroughly enjoyed announcing I was going Ho Tubbing. Gonna spend some time in the ho tub. I'll check on that tonight, after I get back from the ho tub. The ho tub was great for my back.

Anywho. Easily amused. I think my life is better for it.

7 comments:

jersey said...

Good to see that I'm not the only one that's perpetually 12.

What I hate is being a presenter where those mistakes are in front of a room full of people. Nothing like typing:

Pubic Function DoWork() As String

I also make very sure to pronounce the "s" in disk. And there's nothing like talking about creating a package, particularly when talking about size. Nothing like saying, "So if you have a very large package...."

But my all time favorite was when I was presenting something and without thinking about it I very innocently said, "So as it turns out, size does matter." I tried very hard to not lose control, but I paused trying to settle myself down which just gave the class time to react to what I said.

Mac Family 4 said...

Ah, I was wondering where the "ho tub" thing came from! I was sitting in church once reading the bulletin and it said they were looking for a new nursery coordinator, and whoever took the job needed to have a "personal relationship with Chris". For a split second I thought "Wow, this Chris person must be pretty important".

codycarlyco. said...

Know exactly what you are saying. Or as our VP once said to me: "Makes perfect since to me". Yeah, PHD and everything. :)

Aimee said...

We are SO the same person. Seriously. My hubby gets SO irritated that I'm constantly pointing out other people's typos. I was putting together a brochure for a client talking about networking solutions the other day, and I was introduced to a new kind of network solution - pubic networking. I laughed my a** off when I read your blog just now because of that very fact. Absolutely hilarious.

We REALLY need to meet up for coffee one of these days...

Katie said...

Humorous typos are one of the bright spots in our society; it's only when other people don't get it that I get sad. Poor, stupid people who can't read their native tongue. But stupidity can funny too, so I guess that works out.

Rebecca said...

First, in response to Jersey... That's what SHE said!

Second, I love typos. I live for them. The best ones are written by students. I'm drawing a blank at the moment, but I'll get back to you when I can think of one.

Lisa~Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Ok, its official. I heart you.

It SO.DRIVES.ME.BATTY to find typos everywhere nowadays. As if suddenly people have just given up spelling correctly. Seriously!