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Robert Nowall
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Just one that's been on my mind since I saw it a couple weeks back. These postcards going through the mail for this security service. They wrote that their service "gives you piece of mind." "Piece" spelled "P-I-E-C-E," and not "P-E-A-C-E."

Not that I was considering getting something like it, but, boy, it sure didn't inspire my confidence in their service...

*****

I've got a few others, but I'd thought I'd post one and see if it got any response.


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You oughta call them up and give them a peace of your mind.
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maybe they're hawking brain fragments
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I once wrote "persecutor" instead of "prosecutor". That was worth a coupla laughs.
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quote:
maybe they're hawking brain fragments

Oh-oh. I feel a story brewing...


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Robert Nowall
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Here's one that's been on my mind for years...

When I was in grade school, in one class, the teacher had us take turns trying to pronounce "P-E-N-I-S-U-L-A," meaning that projection of land sticking out into the ocean. Nobody, not even me, had it down pat.

It was twenty years or more before I realized "peninsula" should be spelled with a second "n"...one's education dollars at work, I guess...


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HA! Gives it a whole new nuance though, doesn't it?
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Robert Nowall
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A nuance I wasn't aware of until years later---this was only, like, second grade.
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A nuance like that is called a time bomb. It waits to go off. I can't remember anything off the top of my head. I purposely misspell needless and write needles. Just for fun.
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Robert Nowall
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This one from a magazine article, years ago, reporting on the sorry state of teaching:

[written on a blackboard]: "Put these words in alfabetical order."


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I remember a crosswalk to a school that said "Sochol zone"
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I once saw a report / statement of my activities at work where a supervisor (now retired, thank God) wrote that I had "blocked the isles." Since "isles" came up about a dozen times in the report, it was really funny. (Since the guy was trying to fire me, it was less than funny at the time.)
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Slightly off topic, but this thread made me think of something that happens to me from time to time. You ever write or type a word, a common word that you use relatively often, and spell it correctly, but it for some reason looks wrong? Just out of the blue, it looks totally wrong, even though you've typed it a thousand times?

I was just typing a character intro in the character interview forum. I typed the word "octagon." That is the correct spelling, of course, but I thought it was wrong, and changed it to "octogon", which was obviously incorrect. So I immediately changed it back, whereupon it STILL looked wrong! Finally I used Merriam Webster online to check it. When it came back "octagon", as I originally spelled it, I actually checked the definition to make SURE it was the 8 sided object we were talking about, and not some other strange thing called octagon.

Is this just me? Am I insane?


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Robert Nowall
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No matter how many times I look it up, I can't decide between "aggravate" and "aggrivate" when I write it down. At least spell checking clues me in.
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There was a long stretch in my WIP where my girl was traveling through a canyon, and I couldn't stop myself from writing caynor. I don't know why, finally I ended up naming a character Caynor just to try to train myself out of it, but it still doesn't work, even then when I wrote canyon just now I wrote it wrong the first, but now I wrongly capitalize it.

Sometimes when the vowels are mocking you it means you need to take a break.


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CaptJay76, that happens to me every so often, and it drives me crazy because I know it's right even though it doesn't look right.
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I used to edit the documents for professional staff at my workplace. Once read the following:

"The claimant went to see the rapist at Sacred Hearth's Consoling Center".

Was supposed to read:

"The claimant went to see the therapist at Sacred Heart's Counseling Center".

That one cracked me up.

I'll take TheRapist for $1,000, Alex.


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thnaks

i write it on pretty much every email


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