Yesterday, I was typing away on the manuscript. It was a scene where the hero struggled to keep from thinking illicit thoughts about the heroine.
As you can imagine, he wasn't having much success.
The sentence I tried to type was this:
He pictured her writhing beneath him.
What I actually typed was this:
He pictured her writing beneath him.
I suppose it could be erotic if she were using one of those old-fashioned quills with the feather on the end, but generally speaking, most men aren't turned on by the thought of their lady-love pounding away on the laptop while they're pounding away on...well, we won't finish that thought.
The visual made me giggle all evening long, and I'll probably still be giggling in a few days.
I did the same thing a couple weeks ago when I kept accidentally hitting the "h" instead of the "j" on my keyboard. In my defense, they are side by side. That doesn't mean sentences like this one made a whole lot of sense:
Twenty-pound cats aren't known for being silent humpers.
Probably one of my favorite typos doesn't come from manuscripts at all, but from my years as a technical writer. I used to craft those oh-so-useful bits of help text designed to assist users confused about the software. You know what I'm talking about – the field says entry and you aren't certain what it means, so you click for more information and the help text reads enter a valid entry.
Helpful stuff, that help text.
That wasn't the typo though. The typo that made me laugh every time was the one that resulted when I tried to tell users to click the box, click the field, click here.
You guessed it – I often omitted the "c." Somewhere out there, legions of software users are probably still slobbering on their computer monitors wondering why they aren't achieving the desired results.
Do you have any favorite typos that always make you snicker? Please share.
I'll be writing beneath my husband as he licks the computer monitor and the cat humps loudly on the table.