Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Spot The Mistake Round 4 - The Reveal

Okay, peeps, you are very, very good at finding mistakes. And you are ALL WINNERS! Don't you just love it?!

Here's the low-down on the mistakes in this post that count, as identified by The Committee (that would be Kitty and me, but she cannot read, so then that would be just me):

1. ...lined up those puppies to cover the front of the cards (I made 2). I do believe that should have been ...lined up those puppies to cover the fronts of the cards (I made 2).
2. They were 4" long. which left... that '.' should have been a ','
3. I aslo scalloped should have been I also scalloped
4. ... well, I don't know why. That one really does not make a whole lot of sense, does it? It should have been well, I don't know what. or well, I don't know why I did it.

And now to review the reported errors that were not errors (in my mind, anyway):

1. "Whatthe" was one word vs. two. Nice try, but I did that on purpose. Sorry.
2. side-by-side. Eh. Judges? NAAAAAH! I am a crowd of one who mourns the demise of the hyphen. I read about and study these things, just to make sure they have not changed the rules since I learned punctuation. So no, I hyphenated those three words to make them stick together. I kinda like how they look when I do that.
3. there are many words capitalize in sentences that don't need to unless you wanted them highlighted. You are correct; I wanted them capitalized for emPHAsis, so no, this was not an error.
4. getting pretty bad in There... it should be there. Per my previous response, I like to capitalize things for emPAHsis, and The Other Room is "In There", so sorry, that one was on purpose, too.
5. I think a few of the sentences are kind of run on sentences. Well, you've got me there. Call it a stream-of-consciousness thing, but sometimes my brain just takes off on its own, so this is not really a typo. (Was that a run-on sentence, too?) Sorry.
6. I don't think you need a comma after C'mon Yes, I do. :-) If you would pause while speaking at that point, or to take a breath, then it gets a comma.
7. side-by-each isn't a phrase. Yes it is, if you lived next door to the young lady I did my Freshman year of college. Also see this definition. It's regional slang. Not *my* region, but still ....
8. does Archaic need to be capitalized? Yes, it does, because it is a proper name. In this case, it is the name of the Basic Grey paper collection. Okay, maybe Basic Grey does not capitalize their paper pack names, but they don't capitalize anything. Since writing in all lower-case makes me itchy (except back in the days of reading e e cummings), I refuse to do it, and it's my blog, so there.

Bonus point go to:

1. Rachel, for saying: I read typo fluently.
2. Everyone who caught that double-paragraph in two different fonts. (I accidentally selected the WebDings font instead of Verdana, and I kinda liked it, so I left it there.)
3. Kandy, for identifying the Webdings font specifically. [For those of you who said "the same paragraph twice", I'd like to know (1) if you read fluent WebDings, or (2) what were you smoking?]
4. Liz S, who caught: (I made 2). should be (I made 2.) Absolutely true. The punctuation should be inside the parentheses at the end of a sentence.

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Okay, I am done. Thanks for playing!


  1. You are too funny!

    To answer your questions:
    (1) No, I am not fluent in Webdings. I had just done that very thing earlier. I copy/pasted your paragraph, then changed the font.
    (2) I never mastered smoking. But some narcotic...any narcotic... would be quite welcome!

    Since I caught so few errors, I think my blog must be loaded with gross errors. I DID know that you capitalize for emphasis because you sometimes reference The Other Room :)

    Lastly, you already know my home addy, but since you have already sent me some nice stuff this week, feel free to spend the postage on someone else :)

  2. it doesn't show up as webding thing ding whatever's just italicized

  3. Gold star for mentioning e e cummings!!!!


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