MONDAY MUST HAVE BEEN the day for word bloopers.
While reading a story about Tom Petters, KSTP TV 10 p.m. news anchor Bill Lunn shared that defense attorneys are seeking a lighter sentence for the Minnesotan convicted in a major Ponzi scheme. Petters, he reported, has a tumor growing on his pituitary gland.
Lunn, however, incorrectly pronounced pituitary as “pit-you-airy.” He didn’t even flinch, so I’m certain he was unaware of his mistake.
I shouldn’t have laughed, because later I discovered a word blooper of my own.
Because I’m in the word business, people—in this case two sisters-in-law—find it particularly funny when I mess up on anything English-related. I suppose for them, it’s rather like the teacher scrawling a big red “F” across the top of a test paper.
Now, test your English teacher skills and see if you can find the error in the following excerpt from an e-mail I sent to family on Monday:
He has an impressive roster of classes lined up for his junior year that includes chemistry, psychics, pre-calc, an advanced English class, etc. I hope he can handle them all, but he assures me that he can. I certainly could not have, except for the English.
Well, well, well. See the mistake?
Annette did and writes: “Since Caleb is taking psychics, will he be able to do some mind reading or palm interpretations at our holiday get together? Just joking, it is pretty rare to catch you making a spelling error. (Like once in 10 years) I presume with his science aptitude he is taking physics.”
And then this e-mail comes from another sister-in-law, Jamie: “I have to admit that I’m quite curious if Caleb will be studying to be a “fortune-teller for women” or if you meant to type physics instead of psychics (ha!).”
Yup, that darn spell check doesn’t always work.
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