Egregiously Underedited

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Glancing over a recent post, I came across the following line:

I suppose it’ll keep growing as long as it’s watered and sunned properly. Or until the cats knock demolish it.

That post has been sitting on this blog for eight days, and no one has pointed out that until the cats knock demolish it does not make sense.

Knock demolish does not make sense, and furthermore, it’s ridiculous.

It is an error, a phrase I partially deleted, leaving one extra word to stick out for all the world to see.

All  my world, anyway.

I would prefer that not happen again.

So, Dear Readers, be advised: Whenever you see an egregious* error in one of my posts, you are welcome, nay, encouraged to point it out. Just note it in a comment.

There’s no need to be rude, of course, or to imply that you are superior because you found it before I did.

But I want to know when my phraseology is out of joint.

So don’t hold back.

*Egregious is one of my favorite words. I use it as often as possible.

12 thoughts on “Egregiously Underedited

  1. The average person reads what he *thinks* should be there, rather that what *is.* I’ve done that as well.
    Sorry, I missed that post.


    1. I do that, too. That post was a good one to miss, and I don’t know why I was looking at it again–but the knock demolish chose that moment to jump out at me. However, it provided the spark for another post, so I suppose knock demolish had its purpose.


  2. Nothing egregious here! And I probably just skipped over the aforementioned erroneous phrase and let my mind make sense of it. So if I catch them, I’ll point them out. But don’t count on it!


  3. Will do–and will be nice about it! LOL My favorite word is behoove — it behooves me to pay attention to …… whatever. So, when I see an error, it behooves me, as your friend, to let you know.

    I have another favorite word but for the life of me, I can’t think of it at the moment.


    1. Behoove is another of my favorites. My mother said it a lot. For a long time, I wondered whether she made it up, since no one else ever said it.

      Thanks for agreeing to help. My friends will forgive me my errors, but other people might be more particular.


  4. Long ago a former husband criticized me for such neologisms, but I like the idea of joining the two words into “knockdemolish,” which sounds to me exactly like what cats do.


  5. Kathy, I read the senseand meaning of a line, and sometimes the rhythm of a line, but a detail like that would pass my radar! Every day I make three or so mistakes in my own posts, and my good friend Jan the librarian acts as my sub-editor, and tells me my errors.

    Then I change them.

    When you are published, editors and proof readers will jump to it when you snap your fingers. And I shall buy that first book of yours, professionally proof-read, and dance a jig 🙂


    1. I’m suffering from metamorphosis. I used to be able to proof my own work. Now I can proof anyone’s but my own. I look forward that professional proof-reader and to dancing that jig with you. Thanks for the kind words.


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