I really hope it’s not dementia, but my rate of misreads has increased considerably since I found the kiss-ass typo back in April.
Soon after that, I read ‘in my whorehouse’ over on Murr Brewster’s blog. It wouldn’t have surprised me if she actually had written that, but she didn’t – it was ‘in my wheelhouse’. (Murr is one funny blogger – go see for yourself!)
A short while later, I thought our Chamber of Commerce was mixing sacred with secular when I saw their poster advertising ‘Holy Sponsorships Available for Play With The Presidents’. A second reading revealed they were actually advertising hole sponsorships for their annual golf tournament.
My dirty mind kicked in when I saw the following tweet: ‘I’ve ordered myself some Golden Snatch earrings…’ It took me a few moments to figure out that it was a Harry Potter reference and the earrings were actually little-bitty replicas of the ‘Golden Snitch’.
And I guess I wasn’t sufficiently recovered from that when I did a double-take at a condom ad trumpeting1 ‘GET UP TO ASS IN SAVINGS’. It was in all caps with a sans serif font, which is always harder (I said ‘harder’… *snicker*) to read than mixed case (that’s my excuse, anyway). After I’d finished giggling, it took me a couple of tries to decipher ‘GET UP TO $5 IN SAVINGS’.
Another ‘say what?!?’ moment arrived in my email when my Meetup group invited me to enjoy ‘Lesbian food and belly dancing’. I’m a major foodie, but I’ve never heard of that cuisine before. Turned out it was ‘Lebanese’ food, which didn’t seem quite as exotic, somehow.
Even business headlines weren’t safe. I read ‘Things Sales Winners Deformity’ instead of ‘Do Differently’ and ‘get back to bananas’ instead of ‘back to business’. And I discovered a cabinet company that offers ‘customer insults’. Or possibly ‘customer installs’, though insults are well within the realm of possibility.
I can’t remember which community site entreated ‘Looking for a spare cowboy to borrow for a few weeks’. But it turned out they were only looking for a spare ‘carboy’ to brew a batch of beer.
My mind was clearly on bodily functions the day I read ‘Fanfart’, which sounds like something to avoid at all costs. The article was actually referring to ‘fanart’ – art done by fans of specific books.
Also in the realm of bodily functions: Don’t you think I can be forgiven for reading this panel in the Calgary Herald as ‘bike-shit’ instead of ‘bikes hit’?
But by far my most disturbing misread happened when I was perusing a music website. I’m a huge Bob Seger fan, and I was indignant to discover they were snidely referring to his upcoming concert tour as “The Sound of Dementia”. So he’s in his late sixties, so what? Seger is amazing, and that was completely rude and uncalled-for! Closer inspection revealed that the site was in fact a list of upcoming concerts: “The Sound of Dalmatia Tour”, “Bob Seger”, and “NeYo”, among others.
So I settled my ruffled feathers with the knowledge that the dementia was all in my head. I didn’t know dementia had a sound, but in my case it’s apparently rather empty and echoing.
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1 Would you believe I misread my own words while proofing this? I saw “humping” instead of “trumpeting”. Please… somebody help me…