Monday, February 02, 2009

Slap My Wrist NOW!

I think I'm being punished from above.

I'm quite a nitpicker about typos and have begun to point them out to people more freely...but in a nice and "creative criticism" way.

Okay, I'm tired right now; the phone woke me up at 7:30 this a.m. from a deep sleep, and there's lots of stuff on my mind. But that is no excuse for this typo I just saw that I wrote...and that I have no way of retracting.

I found out about someone's father passing away and wrote in a guest/memorial book on a chapel website just now. I hit send, then reviewed my words.

"...may your father rest in peach."

Oh. My. G-d.

Not only is it a typo, it is a glaring, hideous error that thoroughly has embarrassed me. What will the mourners say when they read it?

I've looked through this guest/memorial book many times and have spotted lots of typos here and there and have silently wrist-slapped the person for their mistakes.

OYYYYY. I've become one of them.

I could go on and make jokes, nervous jokes about that particular typo I made, writing "peach" instead of "peace". But I won't.

Suffice it to say that I'm publicly embarrassed. My name is perpetually in that memorial book, assigned to what was supposed to be words of comfort. Turns out they became words of advice re. fashion colors!

4 comments:

Robin said...

That is hilarious! I think you've started a new trend. When I die, I'm going to ask people to recommend what sort of fruit I should rest in. I hope the majority suggest strawberries.

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

We areall human. Feel free to point out my typos - sometimes it's hard to catch your own mistakes, tryas one will.

cruisin-mom said...

Wow, you kill two birds with one stone...a fashion color statement as well as which fruit to rest in.

shoshana (bershad) said...

Hey, Pearl, I'm an editor, too, and I feel the same kind of embarrassment (wait--did I spell that correctly??) when I find out I'm as human as everybody else and make my share of mistakes, too.

In this case, can you contact the chapel's webmaster and request that they fix your typo? Tell them that you want to spare the feelings of the bereaved family, in case they think you're making a joke.