Tuesday, April 9, 2013

That Doesn't Look Right...

We've all had those moments: You see a word that doesn't look right. Then you check the dictionary and discover the spelling is, in fact, correct. Your brain was just messing with you.

Today the word that didn't look right to me was "closure," as in weather closures related to a big storm we're having right now. I saw that word in a news headline and for some reason, it just looked strange. It was spelled correctly and used in the correct context, so I don't know what kind of prank my brain is pulling. Maybe it just wants some caffeine.

I'm not sure why this happens. With me, it's never the same word, and usually it's a very common word. It's not like I see "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and think, "Wow, that looks really odd." The occurrences are weeks or months apart with no discernible pattern, so I can't tie them to seasonal changes or wayward politics or the full moon.

All I know is that when I see correct words that don't look correct, I feel like my sanity is slipping. Pardon me while I go fetch a caffeinated beverage to shore it up.

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