Roses are red
Copy editors are blue
If you saw this many typos
Wouldn't you be blue, too?
Typos – they're everywhere! I've noticed them for years, but now that I'm actively looking for them – wow! It's like a grammatical pandemic out there. Grab a dictionary or your favorite style book and settle in for this week's highlights.
From online articles about freelance writing written by freelance writers:
"…give credit where it's do…" [That should be "its" and "due".]
"…Now it has me racking my brain…" ["Wracking", not racking.]
A teaser for an online story about the economy and real estate:
"…had to take loan hopping to fix up house to sell it. [The abbreviated wording of this teaser doesn't excuse "hopping" in place of "hoping".]
From an online story about the recent wildfire in Boulder, Colorado:
"…the roads leading up to where they live is still closed. [Bad verb/noun agreement. To the writer's credit, this was corrected in a later version of the story.]
From an online story about suicides in the armed forces:
"The U.S Marines, like other branches… [How about a period after that 'S'?]
Do you see the common thread? Each of these was found online. An insightful reader could infer one of two things:
a. The online world really, really needs proofreaders.
b. I need to spend less time on the computer.
The insightful reader would be correct on both accounts.