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November 28, 2018


Storyteller Mary

Those pesky errors. One or two can slip past even the most careful writing and editing . . . more than a few might raise doubts about due diligence. Fie on editors holding to 12 century spelling. ;-)
I once misspelled rapport on a letter of reference for a teacher who had subbed in our building. The colleague who found my typo, after I'd mailed the original, also told me some things I hadn't known about him, which left me hoping the typo disqualified him. Spellcheck would have caught that one, but we didn't have it yet, and it's not much use with homonyms.
I used to have my students do "stealth editing." They'd bring in an error in print or on a sign. We'd put it up on the board and then correct it.


I’m so bad about so many of those. There are days I’m surprised anyone can follow anything I right. ;)

Elaine Viets

Write you are, Mark. We must be on guard.

Elaine Viets

Stealth editing is the best lesson for students, Mary. So many signs, so few corrections.

Alan P.

I blame spell check. To spell check weight and wait are both perfectly fine. And I suppose if you are 5'3"/ 300 and in a long line, they are.

I read a fair number of 99 cent self Kindled books. Some are like reading D level sixth grade papers.

When I worked in a Middle School, one Language teacher warned her classes about spell check with the story about a student who turned in an essay about the Indian Chief Chrysanthemum.

Elaine Viets

Good story about the chief, Alan. Cheap books with bad copyediting are real problems in the publishing world. How can readers tell the good ones from the bad?

Cathy M

Something I've often wondered is whether or not authors would like such errors to be brought to their attention by readers. And what about the grammatical whoopsies that sometimes are printed? The mix up of subjective and objective pronouns in dialogue of supposedly educated characters in stories leaves me gritting my teeth. Okay, I'm off my soapbox.

Elaine Viets

If we can fix them in future editions, then yes, we want to know. But we feel badly if nothing can be done about them.


I’m waiting with baited breath for your next book! Not sure what it’s baited with? Chocolate?

Elaine Viets

Just so it's not a-bated breath!


I'm embarrassed to admit that my worst mistake of this sort was having someone "wrapping" on a door. What makes me crazier are some of the simpler mistakes, such as "your" and "you're." I can't even read FB without taking my mental red pen other people's remarks.

Elaine Viets

"It's" and "its" are my pet peeves, Kris. And my writing sins are many.

Triss Stein

Very entertaining post,and I enjoyed the comments too.

Elaine Viets

Thanks, Triss.

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