Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just A Reminder: Spell Check Is Your Friend!

Typos are a way of life...especially for those of us that do most of our "living" online. The internet is full of examples; everything from "teh", which has become so common as to almost become accepted as its own word, to overzealous auto-corrects that change perfectly innocent conversations into something much more hilarious...and both the hilarity and sadness will only increase as the human race continues to spiral the drain of stupid.

It is, however, rare that a typo can change the tenor of an entire novel. Rarer still when it does so in such a spectacular and hilarious fashion. Ladies and gentlemen, we have found the unicron of typos.

The romance novel "Baby, I'm Yours", by author Susan Andersen, was recently published to e-book format. As you can probably guess by now, it was not actually published as its writer had fully intended it. On page 293, seemingly in the midst of a tender love scene, was supposed to be the following passage:
He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shifted on the ground.
But much like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, "shifted" is not what was actually written. It did, in fact, read:
He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shitted on the ground.
I felt it was important to make you all aware of this, as it 1) fills my weekly requirement of poop jokes quite nicely; and b) points out, quite nicely actually, how important it is to check, recheck, and then re-recheck your work. Sometimes, you really aren't being paranoid.

So what's the best typo you ever saw?

This story sourced from The Guardian, but I did first hear about it on Bob and Tom

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