Typos in Storage

TypoOhNo

StorageCompanyTypo

Oops. It looks as if the “a” in “boundary” got lost in the move for this moving and storage company.

I’ve talked about how the typo gremlin gets especially mischievous with sign writers because there is no spell-check, but this error has to do with the nearly silent letter in it, too. “Boundary” sounds fairly close to its sister, “laundry,” which has no “a” after the “d.” Here are other word pairs whose endings fall into that category and may send you running to the dictionary:

  • Grammar/hammer
  • Century/elementary
  • Mentor/splinter

Similar endings in words trip up the best of us. What are some words that stump you and how do you remember their correct spellings? I’m always open to new tools that help me become a better speller, as I’m sure other readers are, too…

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/.

SpaghettiWords

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.

Fries with That Typo?

TypoOhNo

BurgerTypo

Holy supersize! It looks like this burger deal came with a side of typo. An extra “u” sneaked into “burger.” This mistake could be due to one of the following causes:

  1. The writer is not a native English speaker.
  2. The writer spelled phonetically.
  3. The person truly thought that is how the word is spelled.

Unfortunately, signs are typo traps; they don’t have a spell-check feature like documents typed on computers do. But the old rule stands: get a second pair of eyes to check your work before posting. Even Pulitzer prize-winning authors have editors.

I remember how to spell “separate” by saying, “There is A RAT in separate.” Some of your tricks or mnemonic devices for spelling correctly?

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/.

SpaghettiWords

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.