A new Clef Notes contest invites you to find my best typos and other flubs
I now invite you to be the first to spot the next howler in my blog entries and stories for the paper (in print or online). Feel free to dig back into the past and yank out oldie-but-moldy errors and rev up the humiliation all the more. Just post them in the comments section.
I'll keep updating and periodically award prizes of inestimable value (probably a CD you won't want) to the person who spots the most appalling or most unintentionally funny mistake, maybe also to the person who uncovers the highest number of examples.
I might even give a prize to the person who comes up with the most creative excuse for how I might have made the pathetic blunder.
This week alone,
Within hours of having to fix "Marina," I stumbled again. I was writing about a Bartok opera that the Baltimore Symphony performed a few years ago in concert form. I know it's "Bluebeard's Caste." I was thinking "Bluebeard's Castle" when I typed it. Too bad it came out "Bluebird's Castle" -- in print, as well as online (the latter has since been fixed). Of course, I wouldn't expect editors to catch something like that (they think I know what I'm talking about, bless their hearts).
That Bartok example doesn't even have the potential justification of being a Freudian slip -- at least I don't think so. Hmmm, maybe I need an analyst, not crash courses in typing (I'm still a two-finger moron) and proof-reading.
Anyway, have at it. Pile on the embarrassment with every dumb mistake of mine you can find (in the case of already corrected stuff online, just mention the glaring error you remember reading first). In addition to misspelling, don't forget glitches in dates, times, venues, basic math -- you name it, I've botched it.
I'm sure that, like me and Dame Edna, many of you are blessed with the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others, so please chortle and guffaw away and do it publicly right here for all to see. And I'll try harder to give you a little less ammunition in the future.