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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.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

8 Responses to “Word bloopers from a TV news anchor and, ummmm, me”

  1. randy Says:

    Was that physics class or civics class.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Psychics, physics, civics… I’ll never hear the end of comments on this blooper, will I?

  2. Amber Says:

    At least you know the relatives are reading your e-mail…did it get sent to me? I missed being the first to find the blooper!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Excellent point, Amber. Maybe I misspelled physics on purpose, just to see if anyone was reading my e-mails. Yeah, why didn’t I think of that to explain away my word blooper?

  3. Annette Says:

    Better check today’s e-mail to family to find your next blooper. Sometimes the snowball just gathers more snow as it rolls downhill.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I think that latest mistake, BY instead of MY, qualifies as a typo. But great catch, Annette. Have you considered a second job as a proofreader? You aren’t the only family member reading my e-mails very, very carefully. Now, I must type very, very carefully!

  4. Neil Says:

    I also noticed the blooper when I read your message but wasn’t prepared to make a witty reply at the time. I later considered that Faribault has one of those schools with a liberal curriculum!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I don’t know if Faribault has a liberal curriculum or not. But I do know that our school district is struggling with low student scores on mandatory tests.

      As for my blooper in the last family e-mail, that was a typo. But, be assured that I will proofread all e-mails once, if not twice.


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