Typos make me giggle.
OK, I don’t giggle as much when they’re on the front page of a glossy newsletter that just completed 150,000 copy print run, but I still try to find the humor when I can.
One of my favorite typos of all times happened years ago when I was working as a newspaper reporter in Montana. I was proofreading an article about a guest speaker coming to town to discuss buffalo diseases.
A hot topic, as you can imagine.
While reviewing the speaker’s bio, I stumbled across the following sentence:
Fred Smith became an expert on Brucellosis during the six years he spent as a buffalo in Yellowstone Park.
Once I stopped laughing and picked myself up off the floor, I did a little research and discovered Fred had not actually spent six years crawling around on all fours eating grass in a national park.
The missing word was “herder.”
It’s been more than a decade, but I still laugh every time I think about it.
In my current role as a romance novelist, I write a lot of love scenes. Things can get fast and furious at times, and it’s easy to slip up when it comes to pronouns. Never was this more obvious than when I got the following note from one of my critique partners:
“I know he’s a great lover and all, but did you mean to have him lick the back of his own neck?”
Do typos make you giggle, too? Please share your favorites!