If you’ve ever visited the message boards or chat rooms of nonwriters, you’ve probably noticed the grammatical/orthographical equivalent of “tin ear.” I offer the following examples Spell Check will never find:
o “We got the game on Paper view.”
o “Watching it was torcher.”
o “They have a huge steak in this.”
o “It’s truely mind bottling.” [A Mensa cocktail for sure.]
Sometimes the error makes as much sense as the correct original: “a mute point,” “an escape goat.”
I hope it never seizes to amaze you what I come up with on my blog. Don’t take it for granite. And please don’t think it’s smoking mirrors; I work hard at it.
If it seems snotty to laugh at other people’s errors, I must plead that it’s my business as writer/editor to correct ’em as I see ’em.
Besides, every third millennium or so, I make a misteak too.