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Mixing up Words

July 17, 2012

God bless the Interwebs! Without it, our children (and even the younger of us adults) would probably know how to spell simple words, understand homonyms, find typos in our messages. But then the rest of us wouldn’t be able to find and enjoy mix-ups such as these:

“Bruce was left singing and playing his guitar in vein.”

From a blog post on the London Evening Standard’s website, in which he provides his “I was there” commentary on the story about the concert in which Bruce Springsteen’s and Paul McCartney’s microphones were cut off to follow the noise curfew in the area.

I wonder if the blogger knows what a homonym is. I’d settle for him knowing that “vein” is what your blood flows through and doesn’t mean the same thing as “in vain.”

“I’m getting my associate’s degree and progress tord graduation.”

From a personal e-mail from the manager of a credit union, sent to someone I know .

It seems that people don’t bother to proofread their e-mails anymore. Or maybe she did. Yikes!

“Michaela was great and did exactly what I asked for.  Will defiantly return!”

From an e-mail sent by a local salon which included client testimonials about their experience. I love this one for its inadvertent insouciance. I expect it was originally made by the customer and not the salon.

No doubt you all could share more of these fun goofs. Got one for me?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2012 11:20 p.07.

    Amateurs! Those are totally trivial mistakes compared to the mistakes made every day by the writers at Yahoo.

  2. Buffy Baker permalink
    July 20, 2012 11:20 p.07.


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