A dear friend of mine, Sherra has a wonderful weekly blog post called Typo Tuesday at her website:
She has an eye for typos and most are fall down on the floor funny.
My latest favorite was found on a restaurant menu that stated:
Pan fried Tilapia served over oven roasted tomato sauce on a bed of anger hair pasta.
Sherra had an actual photo of the menu listing to prove she isn’t making these things up. She has hooked all of us who read her blog into looking for these funny mistakes so she can put them in her posts.
I love and I hate Typo Tuesday. I love it because it makes me laugh. I hate dislike it intensely because Sherra makes us look for the typos ourselves and sometimes I can’t find them.
Arghhhhh When I can’t find them I am reminded how VERY often I have proof read a blog post only to find I posted it with a glaring typo.
Sherra has a wonderful sense of humor and even busts herself when she finds she has committed the heinous crime of a typo.
Her generosity and self deprecation allows me to forgive myself when I am so very human and OMG have a typo or grammatical error in my posts.
For some people, however, typos are like nails on a chalkboard. If they don’t point them out they start to sweat, twitch and perhaps convulse. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate it when someone finds a mistake and I can correct it.
BUT ( you saw that coming) please, please, please FIRST find something nice to say about the content, even if it’s
“Gosh I love the font you used!” 🙂
I can guarantee if anyone gives you something to read for feedback ( child or adult) they want you to read it for content FIRST!
There are certain people I will never again share first drafts with because they made me feel like they were dying to take a red pen and mark all over it with glee.
I LOVE how Michael Port, author of “Book Yourself Solid” ends his e-mails:
P.S. I don’t charge for typos, they are my gift to you.
I may have to shamelessly steal that line.
I heard someone recently say they won’t share anything that has a typo in it but they bent the rule and shared something with a glaring typo because the content was soo good.
I guess the editors and publishers of these authors (well known to be awful at spelling) thought the same way! The content was just too good!
- William Faulkner
- Ernest Hemingway
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Jane Austen
Oh and for those of you who also pick up on grammatical errors I share the following funny:
Bottom line? Enjoy the posts, laugh, send me corrections but please first tell me you love my font choice!
See me tri to catch those typos!!