Attack of the homonyms!

Tam tells us what it’s like, though I suspect we’ve all been through it more times than we’d admit:

The brain tells the fingers to type “capitol” or “principal”, and they wind up typing the much more frequently-used “capital” or “principle”, and the brain never notices because it’s halfway into the next sentence. I usually catch this in proof-reading, but sometimes it’s early and you haven’t had any caffeine and you just want to get something up on the blog before you’re off to do other, more chore-like things, and you walk away from the keyboard leaving a hanging curve belt-high over the plate. Sigh.

The operative phrase here, of course, is “I usually catch this.” Which makes it that much worse when you don’t. And you may be certain that your spearchucker spellchecker won’t notice; it’s the wrong word, but by damn, you spelled it correctly.

If I had a dime for every horrible thing I saw on this page after hitting the Publish button, I could probably pay my hosting bill for the next year.


  1. McGehee »

    3 November 2010 · 2:58 pm

    I tell myself people are used to hitting “refresh” on a recent post and seeing misspellings mysteriously disappear. But that’s easy for me to say since almost nobody ever even sees my blog posts until they’ve been up for a day or nine.

    Fortunately my comments tend to contain the odd misspelling (some odder than others) if I’m rushing headlong to express a coherent thought while I’ve got it in my sights, so it’s not as if people expect me to be perfect.

    Or would, if I expressed coherent thoughts more often.

  2. Mel »

    3 November 2010 · 3:36 pm

    Cuil !!

  3. Mel »

    3 November 2010 · 3:37 pm

    I’m going to hell for that one …

  4. CGHill »

    3 November 2010 · 4:48 pm

    Cuil is dead, perhaps due to insufficient kewlness.

  5. Charles Pergiel »

    3 November 2010 · 5:21 pm

    If I had a dime for every [whatever Dustbury said] my mortgage would be paid off.


  6. CGHill »

    3 November 2010 · 6:01 pm


  7. McGehee »

    3 November 2010 · 8:53 pm

    I never even heard of Cuil — nobody told me about it. I feel so uncuil.

  8. CGHill »

    3 November 2010 · 8:57 pm

    Now you know why it’s dead.

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