For my Top Ten Tuesday list this week, I can’t resist having a bit of irreverent fun with some word usage errors that appeared on published posts in the blogging world. This is not to suggest that I am perfect and have not made mistakes–far from it. Rather, I happen to think it is a great personal characteristic to be able to laugh at ourselves and some of our foibles.
I did follow a few self-imposed rules in coming up with the list:
- I excluded any posts that were full of angst and raw emotion. Those posts are frequently overloaded with errors but I understand that language correctness may suffer while in an emotional state.
- I excluded any posts that were clearly written by people who do not have English as their first language. Although non-native speakers sometimes have the best command of grammar and word usage, it is completely understandable that they might fumble.
- All examples came from blogs but I tried to edit the examples so as not to identify a specific blog. We deserve some anonymity when we are less than stellar.
- I did not use more than one error from any single blog.
I hope no one is offended as that is not my intent, but I guess that is a risk I take. My apologies to anyone who may not see the humor.
Here is the list of errors: [if you need help with what I think the author intended, the suggested corrections are listed at the end of this post.]
1. “Copy written” — This error is my very own. It sat out there in the blog world for several days on my Betty Crocker post before I realized the incorrect terminology. Enough said.
2. “Please bare with me” — I don’t think this blogger was inviting us to take off our clothes with him or her.
3. “Defence” — I wonder if the blogger was talking about removing the barrier between his yard and his neighbor’s yard.
4. “Plastic margin tubs” – I cannot figure out what margins have to do with plastic tubs.
5. “Siting all the reasons why…” Are we discussing the location of the reasons?
6. “Chucky applesauce” – The star of the slasher/horror movies is now creating his own food items. Alternately the Chucky Cheese pizza franchise has expanded its menu items.
7. “I must dominate 15 bloggers” – In the rules of the various blog awards this appears to be a new twist influenced by 50 Shades of Gray. I wonder if they will find 15 willing participants, not that this Good Woman knows anything about it.
8. “Peace and quite” – I am at peace and am quite pleased about that.
9. “A drink of cool aide” – For a moment I thought he was talking about an awesome assistant.
10. “The filed of study” – I studied and studied and then filed the information away.
I think this is what is meant for each item: 1. Copyrighted; 2. Please bear with me; 3. Defense; 4. Plastic margarine tubs; 5. Citing all the reasons why; 6. Chunky applesauce; 7. I must nominate 15 bloggers; 8. Peace and quiet; 9. A drink of Kool-Aid; 10. The field of study.