Grammar Nazi Fun

Misspelled words

When my new granddaughter was only a day old, her mommy was feeling spunky all of a sudden. My hubby and I were eating at Fatburger when my phone’s ringtone assigned to my daughter’s calls got my attention. Then she really got my attention.

“You know how you’re the Grammar Nazi?”

“I am?”

“I found a mistake you made!!”

“I did? What?”

She pointed out that it was in my Grummy’s Adventures blog in the post called “Sunday Thoughts” in the second bullet.

This is the sentence:

Incorrect: “Take a peak at the garden.” (Yep, I did it. I confess.)

Correct: “Take a peek at the garden.”

You’d think I had been to Pike’s PEAK garden or something and had my mind on the peak and not on peeking at the garden. Now that would be a challenge – growing a garden on Pikes Peak. The funny thing is that I knew when I wrote that blog post that something wasn’t right with the word “peak” but forgot about it and posted anyway. I remember another time way back when that there was one word that wasn’t right, and it caused me to lose in a spelling bee. Restaurant. It frustrates me when I misspell a word. I have this thing about misspelled words. That’s why my observant daughter was having fun with my usage of “peak”.

You know what else is funny? I use grammarly.com for correcting my writing. While writing this post, a little red warning appeared by Grammarly that I should make two corrections. One was Grummy should be Grammy. This time Grammarly was wrong. My granddaughter is smart enough to know that. After all, she’s the one who named me Grummy. The other “incorrect” word pointed out to me was “peak”!!

It frustrates me when I misspell a word. I have this thing about misspelled words. That’s why my observant daughter was having fun with my usage of “peak”. My husband teases me about my obsession with noticing misspelled words. It’s true. I’ll be reading a magazine or book, and misspelled words seem to jump out at me. I can’t help it. I’m not looking for misspelled words. They just grab my attention quickly. However, everybody makes mistakes. Anybody who is the best in their genre can still make a mistake. That’s why every author should pay for top-notch editing. It’s good to have multiple editors.

Anybody who is the best in their genre can still make a mistake. That’s why every author should pay for top-notch editing. It’s good to have multiple editors. Where one person might not catch an error, another one will.

Speaking of editing, it’s time for me to sign off. I have an appointment with my editor, Jenny. My proof copy of Phantom Seven’s second edition has some errors. Phantom Seven is the first book published through JoyLife Press, my very own publishing company. Jenny and I are correcting those today so that the printing company can send out error-free books. Keep that in mind when you decide you want to publish a book. I have a group of editors who are the best – they are members of a writing club and critique groups.

Happy Spelling!

 

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