Thursday, April 19, 2012

i before e except after c

One of the hurdles I've run into while indexing the 1940 Census, is what to do when the document has a clear misspelling. Do you put the correct spelling or do you put what is actually on the document? (Yes, put the proper spelling of locations if it's obvious.)

Anyone who has ever done much research, understands the importance of the correct spelling. Finding that infamous great-great-grandfather's birth certificate could very well be caused because of a misspelled word years ago.

Most people even have trouble spelling the word "genealogy" (how many times have you seen geneOlogy?) I've always prided myself on having a decent grasp on the English language. I was quickly humbled this week when I received this comment on my blog:
Okay, I finally have to ask something. Is that a typo in your banner, or is the extra L in the word "Genealolgy" intentional - like for LOL? I only ask because the URL uses the proper spelling of the word "genealogy." I thought, well if the LOL was intentional, why was it left out of the URL? Or is it because it's easier to have it spelled properly? Sorry if I'm being dense! No one has mentioned it and I wondered if it was just me who was obtuse. :-) - KJNGenealogy
 At first I was scratching my head, because I (unlike a good many people out there) know how to spell genealogy. I do, really! I took a look at my banner and this is what I saw:

Wait, what?? Where did that extra "L" come from? Surely I didn't do that. Oh dear.

Don't worry, I've fixed it. And I'm not stressing. In fact, I find it quite amusing. You see, KJN, you were the first person to notice. Or at least the first person to say so. And I can't tell you how many times I looked at that banner, closely, before uploading it!!

Lesson learned. It's always good to proofread and have others check out work. Thanks for letting me know, KJN, so I didn't have to parade around with that banner for too much longer!

Carrie Keele
(a.k.a. DearMYRTLE's daughter)
www.NotYourMothersGenealogy.com

9 comments:

  1. LOL!! I worked as a Proofreader at Chevron in my life before kids and I totally missed the error on your banner! And I usually notice stuff like that. Great blog, by the way!

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one!! And thanks ... :)

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  2. I liked Genealolgy! (There's always one....) I've had a number of inquiries asking whether I know that my blog says "Bog." The answer is "Yes, I do." On the other hand, every once in a while I go back and read some of my posts - and have found some reallllly bad typos. It seems that no matter how many times we proof things, something slips through!

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    1. Isn't it funny how that happens? I swear I have more typos on the things that I scrutinize over. Just shows ya gotta take a step back. And let stuff go, right?? :)

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  3. I liked the LOL too. You'll have to do some other misspellings in the posts now too :)
    So glad you've joined us.

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    1. I should make an LOL banner for bloopers! And I have no problem following through with misspellings, I'm sure I've made a ton already!!

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  4. I liked the LOL in the banner too. Now you'll have to misspell some things in your posts. (and comments) :)

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  5. I didn't notice the extra L either - but the whole LOL take on it kind of makes me wish you had adopted it just for FUN. Love your blog!

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  6. It's me - KJN! I'm a genealogist as well as an editor and proofreader. I thought long and hard when I first saw the LOL in the banner. It was only after your mother tweeted something that gave the blog URL that I began to think it was a typo! I agree, it's one of those words that gives you pause for a moment. And if you know how it should be spelled, you can easily overlook your own typos. It happens all the time.
    Kathy Judge Nemaric
    KJN Genealogy -dead reckoning

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