Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Word bloopers from a TV news anchor and, ummmm, me March 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 9:49 AM

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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