Monday, February 11, 2008

Simple Minded

Okay I’ll admit it, I made a mistake. Last week while in a hurry I sent an e-mail with a misspelled word. I didn’t run spell check. Purgatory is waiting!

I received nine (yes, 9) e-mails telling me about the misspelled word. Not one about the context of the message. I sent the entire group a follow up e-mail that read, “It’s a pretty simple mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.”

So far, I have one response. It is from a lady who said she would call me when she quit laughing.

While I'd like to take credit for that witty saying it actually came from Peter.


Blogger Aravis said...


er, I meant


10:21 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hey Ralph, was there a good reason why you didn't spell check your e-mail before you sent it?
My sister wasn't happy when I got tired of her mistakes either. (I know I'm not perfect, but I sure was spelling better than she was.)
She straightened up and doesn't hardly ever have a mistake now.
Hang tough, Ralph.
Or have another 'discussion.'
BTW, I generally spellcheck my blogs but that blogger feature hasn't been working lately.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Ralph. The nerve of those nine
(9) people sending you an e-mail about your misspelling. I will admit to be the world's worst speller. I am usually reaching for the dictionary quite often or calling my fried to find out how to spell a word. My pet peeve with spelling, and I only have one, is "a lot". It drives me crazy when it is spelled as one word. This is the only thing I remember from school. So anyway Ralph, you can misspell any word you want and not get a bad comment from me. Unless of course you do it "alot" Have a good day. Lisa

7:44 AM  
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7:45 AM  
Anonymous terah said...

I am such a horrible speller that I often run spell check twice, just in case!

7:53 AM  
Blogger nora said...

Yeah, whats up with spell check in Blogger?
Of course spell check has turned me in to a horrible speller. I finally figured out how to add the words 'nora' and 'spitznogle' to my work spell check.
Thanks to you and Peter for the great retort!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Geez, what a grouch! You sound just like my son when I try to assist him with spelling. He is almost 40 and should be able to recognize help when he hears it. What is wrong, I ask, with a little direction toward improvement?

11:04 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Since Nora aksed I hav ben thinking. Vary liklee bcaus they dont no how to spel Gooogle or Bloog. It neads updaited. Badlee.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

All the way into February before making the first mistake of the year isn't all that bad Ralph.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

I'm a great speller. Or I used to be, anyways. I use spell checker more than I should. We all need a crutch, right?

You're right, though. There should be more than one way to spell a word.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it has something to do with typing and proofreading. Perhaps using nine fingers rather than three or four helps.--A typing teacher--

10:10 PM  
Blogger 1 plus twins said...

oh man that must mean i have a very interesting, broad, complex mind cuz i spell like shit. lol

7:46 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Well, now you know where people's minds are at. I've talked a lot on my blog about my wanting to get back into Technical Writing. Can you believe someone edited my BLOG for technical writing format? OK. Blog does not equal Technical Writing!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Ralph, if I didn't have spell check, I would be in a world of trouble.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

You only misspelled one word? Shoot, I'm way ahead of you. I seldom use spell check. I just figure whoever is getting my mails can figure it out and most likely thay can't spell any better than I can anyway.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Good one, Peter, uh, and Ralph.
I hate it when I find errors in my posts or emails.
It irks me.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your wife and your loved ones!!!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Ralph! I was tagged by Bobbie for a meme and I tagged you. It is about some of our habits and quirks. If you are interested, go to my blog for the rules. It was fun doing it. Well have a good night. Lisa

4:28 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Ralph! I was tagged by Bobbie for a meme and I tagged you. It is about some of our habits and quirks. If you are interested, go to my blog for the rules. It was fun doing it. Well have a good night. Lisa

4:29 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Ah, you got tagged for a meme!! Aren't you excited!! hehehe!! :)

I never have figured out how to use spell check on my blog, so I proofread it a couple of times.

Ouch to what anonymous, a typing teacher said!! LOL

5:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I forgot to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day Ralph!
So Happy Valentine's Day!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Janell said...

Happy Heart Day, Ralph and Mrs. Ralph! Hope you're smoochin' it up!
I laughed out loud at your comment, “It’s a pretty simple mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.”

8:12 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Ralph, if you know the anonymous typing teacher you might tell him/her what a good guy I am.

And, that I taught typing in the Army for a year at the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center Clerk Typist School at Fort Bliss (El Paso, Texas) when I was in the army.

One of my GI grads used four fingers and two thumbs. He could type over 45 wpm corrected that way, so I let him pass. Why not?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Where's the Sunday funny???????

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been stopping by, from time to time, and decided it was high time to leave a comment. I find your writing and humor quite enjoyable.

Your shower/cow-pie posting brought forth gales of laughter in this neck of the woods. Graduate of an agricultural school, I'm very familiar with cow-pies and someday, when the humiliation has faded, I'll blog about "the cow barn incident at Essex Aggie."

Spelling? Glad to see you're thinking "outside the box," I mean, "dictionary." Perfection's a lofty goal. Despite spell check and about a thousand proof readings, an error slipped through in one of the monthly garden newsletters I author for a nursery - they never noticed, but was my face red!

Anyway - great blog! ..... Deb

7:11 AM  

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