I Have {Typo} Issues

Typos drive me crazy.

Mine.

And other people’s.

It’s a gift and a curse that I see them.

I find typos in published bestsellers.

On CNN.

Restaurant menus. Signs. Flyers. Blogs.

Photo courtesy of victoriapeckham

It really should be my full-time job. Proofreader. I know people get paid for this. I’m not sure if it’s lucrative or how I break into the industry.

I’ve been a little too busy to find out. Raising our four darlings.

My real worry is that this next generation is at risk – the new school, text speak, computers, spell check and typing with two fingers are compromising our English skills.

My kids will tell you I’m a pretty big stickler for proofing their papers. Their very strict and old-fashioned years of elementary school set the foundation for my favorite kind of book learning. The kind where the teachers insist your handwriting is legible and your grammar is correct. Crazy, I know.

They are all excellent students with excellent writing skills. Because I think communication is pretty vital to your success both in school and life. (I’m still not sure how or why I needed Algebra as a life skill.) I am positive that good, basic English skills are used continuously throughout your life no matter what career path you choose.

I’m not an expert and I’m not the grammar police. In fact, part of the fun of blogging is to write in a conversational tone and throw out some of those old-fashioned grammar rules. Like…beginning a sentence with “And” which I love to do. And “Because” is my second favorite and I think it’s wrong too. Sometimes I get really wild and END a sentence with a preposition.

I know I make plenty of my own mistakes! But there are some common mistakes that are easily fixed and when I see them – they really add to my craziness. Maybe it’s the coma?

Seriously, I do remember how hard it was to write down the letters and the words after the head injury. And it gets progressively harder with old age.

But here are a few that really send me over the edge…

  • your and you’re
  • to and too
  • there and their
  • it’s and its
  • a lot is two words

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Beall

Don’t even get me started on the proper use of an apostrophe.

I think I’m going to start collecting my favorites and take screenshots when I see them on the web. It takes so very little to entertain me.

Last week, I saw these two on websites:

…I was hoping to here good news.

…taking an active roll in politics.

Anybody else see/read what I see?

Yeah, I know I’ve just opened myself up for critics, grammarians and proofreaders to have a field day with me and my blog.

Have at it. Bring it on. I’ll correct anything that needs correcting and probably learn a few more things in the process! I’m the first to admit it’s always harder to proof your own work than it is to proof someone else’s.

Cuz like I wanna make miself a more better righter.

Whatever. 😉

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Comments

  1. 1
    Steff says:

    write their with ya, sista! 🙂

  2. 2
    Steff says:

    Oh…I forgot to say: “I here ya!” 🙂

  3. 3
    Karen Emerson says:

    I’m right there with you!!! Typos are annoying in this busy society of ours because they make us do double takes and question ourselves like maybe WE misunderstood something!!

    When CNN or other news stations have a typo, I try to cut some slack to the poor title maker who had 2 seconds to get it right with someone breathing down his neck and yelling at him. But when you see a SIGN that was professionally made, the list of responsible people just grows! How did the professionals miss it? Did they bother to question it? Who paid for a sign with a typo? Don’t we get to send the sign back and ask that it be done correctly? Don’t we use some sort of white tape to cover the mistake after 1000 people have commented on it? There is enough space to change the “Y'” into “IE.”

    I had the nickname of Eagle Eyes at one job along the way, so I know this skill/curse all too well. I always thought it was why I balance my checkbook every month, but since you’re saying your skill/curse doesn’t apply to numbers, I am now wondering if I have an additional skill/curse!! 🙂

  4. 4
    Teri says:

    Your reely funny! I’m so glad I subscribe to this.
    If they’re is ever a natural catastrophe or nucular fallout, I would then have more thyme to read this blog.
    Witch would make me happy.
    So their!
    Congradulations on hitting another home run.

  5. 5
    Karen says:

    I’ve been waiting for this post! I have a hunch from the response’s so far that you have struck a chord. I knew we would be friend’s the minute I realized we would also be prooreading sister’s. And for the rest of you reading–the plural/possessive use of an apostrophe is what takes me over the edge among other thing’s! People add apostrophe’s everywhere(delivery’s was classic!) It has become the new WRONG rule to add an apostrophe to a plural. Not sure? I want to post to anyone making a sign, writing ANYTHING in print… when in doubt-Google!

  6. 6
    Sue Thoenes says:

    Hey, Sherra: And it is even worse because probably most of your readers and other people who read the sign do not know that the word “motto” was spelled wrong!!!! Enjoy and I LOVE your posts!!! Sue T.

    • 6.1
      Sherra says:

      Deer Readers,

      I am touched that their our still a handfull of ewe who care about grammar. Your so nice to take the time to let me no that this stuff matters. Its actualy fun to right like this.

      You’re Freind,
      Sharon

      P.S. Karen Emerson – you have too gifts. 😉

  7. 7
    Tammy says:

    Hello! Finally someone else shares my passion for grammar. What a blessing! I stunned the cashier at Publix just yesterday when he asked how I was and I answered, “Well, thank you.” He then went on to tell me how his sister was an English major and was always all over him about using proper grammar. I can’t imagine why!!!

    We aren’t alone in this battle. Keep torturing your kids by making them write correctly – or should i say right write?

    You make me smile! Thanks as always!

  8. 8
    cousin dee says:

    Thought I would enlighten you about my chosen profession. I type medical records and you cannot believe some of things that come my way. We have one particular doctor who routinely spells “asymmetry” as “assymetry”, REALLY, I am not kidding. You would think 13 years of college they might include spelling 101 in the mix, LOL. ( I guess those double consonants can be tricky)

  9. 9
    martha says:

    I finna righten this on behalf of my self. Tri teachn in a world that has it own vocab an changes the meenin of words on a reglar basis. I is all ways learn’ sumpton.

  10. 10
    Peggy says:

    It looks like you really hit it on the head with this one. What I find really frustrating is when things come home from the school, from a teacher no less, wrong! The other day I saw a sign that said, “Now excepting donations…” OMG!

  11. 11
    Karen Emerson says:

    I am SO sorry about the e-mail Sherra!! Thanks for tracking me down! I have to admit my surprise though that you’re OK having a blog. I’m afraid that online forum responders are the WORST offenders!

    Sue – I thought the store meant “MOJO!”

    Peggy – Maybe charitable organizations have become picky about what they will take….. 🙂

    Too funny!!!!! Thanks for the ongoing chuckles!

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