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Jul

What is with these words?

In the garden, I’m known as a “purple thumb” because I am uniformly mediocre. While typing, on the other hand, there are only certain words that bring out the worst in me, and I’ve found that these same words hang up others as well.Interestingly, in our line of business, phrases and words such as Christmas cards, holiday party invitations, church, reception cards and restaurant are constantly blighted by misspellings.Christmas frequently becomes Chirstmas or Christams cards, if you don’t believe me, do a search online for either spelling and be prepared to feel embarrassed for the authors. Likewise, party invitation suddenly becomes party invitatoin, church becomes chruch, reception cards become receptoin cards and restaurant devolves into restaraunt or restarant. Why these words are jumbled and not others, I’m not entirely sure, but I’m not ready call myself “all thumbs” just yet. Ironically “misspell” and “ignorance” are on lists of most misspelled words too.

You feel better now knowing you’re not alone, don’t you? I do!

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  1. Kevin says:

    Wow! you aren’t kidding. I think that we’re so used to spell check and skimming things that we breeze right by our misspellings. In fact, it took me three reads to figure out why Chirstmas wasn’t spelled right. It reminds me of an email that I received a while back:

    “Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”

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