Typos Hanging Out to Dry



Gosh, it seems that the proofreading efforts were washed up when these care instructions were printed. “Tumbel,” that should be “tumble,” could be a transposition error or an attempt at phonetic spelling.

I recently reviewed transposition errors, so I will focus on phonetic spelling – spelling words the way they sound, which leads to misspelling. Here are some that I see pop up frequently:

“Catagory” for category/”seperate” for separate. That pesky middle letter has such a subtle difference in sound, thus giving these misspellings staying power.

“Grammer” for grammar. Another “a” vs. “e” issue. Watch out!

“Sherbert” for sherbet. This is a tricky one, as it does sound like there are two R’s. Spell-check will catch it for sure if you’re on a computer, but if you are making a handwritten sign, try this mnemonic device: You bet sherbet tastes delicious. See the connection?

What are some phonetic spelling errors that you stumble upon? I’m sure some are downright giggle-worthy. Ha!

Happy reading and writing, my friends!

Sean C. Wright is the author of the short stories Bubble Bath TwelveHazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. She is also an editor. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.


Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to msseanc@aol.com. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for the real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass but to educate.

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