Funny Typos

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The suppliers of South Africa’s electricity are very happy with their loadshedding these days. The lights are going out whenever they fancy – sometimes up to three times a day, which is a large pain when you live online. Not to mention that winter’s pretty much here, and my feathered horde don’t take kindly to life without heat. Button’s taken to sitting next to me on my chair for leg warmth, with Jelly now a lap bird and the parrots feather boas. Anyway, moving unreasonably on to the totally unrelated topic of typos.
Button Singing
Not all typos are created equal. I know that some people are infuriated having a single one assault their sensibilities, but I think that some of them are so much more fun than the real word they’re impersonating. The problem is that sometimes after seeing a particularly cool one, they can put the brakes on anything else you’re trying to get done.
I was zooming through a fairly serious book for research purposes, when I was Earth-stoppingly (not a typo) struck by a little typo that now refuses to leave my mind, surfacing all the time and stopping me from doing anything constructive. A couple of typos in the books I read don’t generally bother me, and neither did the fact that this book had a typo in it. It’s the actual typo itself that won’t go away because of my weird and abnormal sense of humour. I know it’s weird and abnormal, because every time it strikes, and I’m laughing so hard that I cry, people always look at me in confusion when I try and share the funny – which is probably what you’re about to be doing right now. In this case it was –
Wonton Destruction
Wonton Destruction
Images of wontons being destroyed keep pushing my own sentences right out of my head. Destruction of wontons by flood, fire, and terrible cruelty. Even if I could eat gluten without fear of much pain and illness, I don’t think I could ever eat a wonton again. Crunching the poor little guys up – wanton wonton destruction. Perhaps there’s a whole world out there somewhere in the multiverse, where wontons exist peacefully, trotting about on their little legs and reciting beautiful wonton prose, but unbeknown to them, a fleet of spacecraft is preparing to enter their atmosphere carrying thousands of alien wanton wonton destroyers. Good! I think I’ve got it out of my system now by sharing it with you. Thank you.
I think that in a couple of years Indie books are going to be much less likely to have editing issues than traditionally published books, because of the need to prove ourselves up to the actual work of publishing. Gordon Ramsay with his name spelled wrong in the front matter of his memoir is alright for him, but as an Indie you would get properly pummelled for getting your own name wrong in your book. Even Stephen King had a problem in one of his short stories – Autopsy Room Four – which I absolutely LOVED until I got to the bit about an American golfer being bitten by a Peruvian Boomslang. My beloved Stephen actually mentions how much he enjoyed putting that imaginary snake in the story, because he loved the name Boomslang. Most people probably won’t see a research problem there unless you’re a South African King fan (and we are LEGION by the way), and know that Boomslang is an Afrikaans language word meaning tree snake, so any Peruvian snake is highly unlikely to be called by that particular moniker. You’d think that a top editor for one of the most legendary authors on the planet would have picked that up, but still not a big deal for him. The new breed of Indie would have researched a little more, I like to think, and not made that mistake.
So. After sharing all of these highly intellectual things with you, thereby proving that I really am a very, very serious author type person, back to work for me. Before the lights go out again.

43 thoughts on “Funny Typos

    mysm2000 said:
    May 26, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Hilarious!! Now I’m going to have these images all day. Wontons being smashed by hammer-wielding workmen or pummeled by huge hailstones!! Aaaakk!! The mind boggles!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Ha haa – sorry! 😀 It’s a terrible thing – I’ve been taking notes from a big paper book while the power’s been off, and all over the pages of my notebook are little doodles of tiny wontons with big eyes and wearing little stripy leggings running away from tentacled beasts. I’m very happy to finally know that there is another with my strange thought patterns. 😀

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    yeseventhistoowillpass said:
    May 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I swear I thought South Africa was industrial and there aren’t those problems.. If power went out three times a day, this place would freak out.. The key word is Solar

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      It never used to be like this Juan. I don’t remember a single power cut before I left to Zimbabwe. The problem is the new government has let things slide rather badly maintenance-wise, and the new powerplants being built won’t be functional for years yet. Everyone’s going for generators and solar too now as they get used to this. Tesla has just launched here but it’s really pricey, so not really a thing for most people.

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        yeseventhistoowillpass said:
        May 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm

        How do the Black Mamba snakes get by without power. I tell people around here how not to complain about stray cats… You have stray vipers.. Tell me you’ve had a black mamba drop by… I love it! How about a random lion or cheetah

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

          Snakes LOVE the dark. 😀 Had one Black Mamba here so far, but lots of snakes up in Zimbabwe. Nearly stood on a three foot Green Mamba in my office – actually did touch the tip of its tail – luckily the rest of it was under the carpet. Gaboon Viper, actual Boomslang and allsorts. I’ve run from baboon screeching in my face after rounding a bush, and a wandering hippo when inocently peeing under a tree.😀 LOTS of excitement in my crazy life. We had elephants wandering down the road outside our fence up in Zim too. Not so keen on lions and cheetahs though – never been up close and personal with one of those guys.

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            yeseventhistoowillpass said:
            May 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

            Please if you can take a picture next time.. Wonderful a green mamba… Boomslang and Gaboon vipers are cranky fellers as The Croc Hunter used to say… Hippos are cranky fellows too… Very temperamental. We have skunks…

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            yeseventhistoowillpass said:
            May 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

            The only Mambas we get here are those chewy candies called Mambas.. A black mamba is a bit more exciting… I saw on a nature show black mambas have black mouths… We do have peacocks at The KOA… Ok any monkeys? How about panthers..

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    Sue Vincent said:
    May 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Oh Gawd… now you’ve done it, Jo.. I’ll have that vison in my mind all day…😀

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    May 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Jo in a serious and reflective mood (NOT)😀
    PS: WORD-WORM ALERT!

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    Serins said:
    May 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Eish! The Electricity thing is a bummer.😦

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      It sucks quite a bit. Never mind the huge tourist thing here that’s not going to be helped by the lights going out all the time. The powers that be say that this isn’t the worst of it yet. Up in Zimbabwe for years we’d go days without power sometimes, and mostly it would be all day or all night totally off, so I suppose I’m a bit “used to it” if you ever can get used to it. Do you have the same thing up in Namibia? Eish!!! Love Eish! How about a Peruvian Eish snake? Ha ha haaaaa! 😀

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        Serins said:
        May 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        It is not that bad with the electricity here yet. But it happens. The government is hard at work sourcing Electricity from our Neighboring countries. And of cause we are all encouraged to save. Those that can afford it are going the solar route.

        LOL!🙂 You know with all the hype about being traditionally published, I’d think there were no typo’s and stuff.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 26, 2015 at 3:53 pm

          I’ve found more typos in the trad books than the Indie books to be honest. I figured out why when CreateSpace loaded a digital version of one of mine for sale on Amazon. With a book formatted for paper printing all sorts of gremlins creep in – like rn replaced with m sometimes and a lot of other different things. It’s probably more about the conversion process of trad books being converted to eBooks that causes the problems. But us Indie guys eventually figure out that it’s a lot safer to proof paper and eBook in different files. 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      THANKS FOR SHARING FURRY! ACK! Just when I exorcised the wontons I’ve now got WORD WORMS! I think their woolly hats and scarves are a symptom of not having warmed up properly yet. 😀❤😀

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    coldhandboyack said:
    May 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Sounds like my wife. Wonton destruction. she unhinges her jaw like a boomslang and shovels them in.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      LOLOLOL! Kindred spirit your wife – I’m a destroyer of honey cashew brownies. 😀

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    davidprosser said:
    May 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    You’re a very cruel lady Jo no matter how much I love you. I shall never venture near a Chinese restaurant again without wondering if they practice wonton destruction or even as you say wanton wonton destruction.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    christineplouvier said:
    May 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Sorry, Jo, but I had a different vision: that of wontons running amok, flapping their doily ends like elephants’ ears, and leaving a swath of wanton destruction in their wake…

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    Elle Knowles said:
    May 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I think you are right about Indie authors. We have to prove ourselves by trying to be perfect! No editing errors or typo’s with us. AND with that said, let me go fix those typo’s in Crossing The Line! LOL! ~Elle

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    May 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Poor Jo Robinson is suffering from regular power outages as the Electrical companies loadshed up to three times a day.. however she still managed to get a great post out and if you are a Chinese foodie you will love the typo and you will be wantin’ to get over there and find out.

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    May 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    What if the snake was discovered by somebody from South Africa? 😀

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    noelleg44 said:
    May 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Now I have visions of wontons being eaten by snakes! Great image for the day! Hilarious, Jo!

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    Silver Threading said:
    May 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Absolutely hysterical!❤

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    D.G.Kaye said:
    May 26, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    That was hilarious Jo, and good detective work. Always nice to know a fellow gluten-intolerant writer.🙂

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    olganm said:
    May 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I hope at least you’ve got it out all your system now, although it seems everybody else has. I’m not big in Chinese food so… might get to live another day without dreaming about the wontons… but the snake… not so sure

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    merrildsmith said:
    May 27, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Oh my! Wonton destruction! It made me laugh out loud as soon as I read it. I must share your weird and abnormal sense of humor. I love it. I’m not going to be able to forget that one either.

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    michaelphelps1 said:
    May 27, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Reblogged this on Michaelphelps1's Blog and commented:
    Well worth reading!

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    May 27, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I read this earlier and came back to it.
    I sometimes make wontons and this post gave them such personalities I had to leave an come back. Oh, my poor babies. Still funny, but I won’t be making them any time soon. 😀 😀 😀 Hilarious.

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    D.T. Nova said:
    May 27, 2015 at 2:46 am

    “Wonton destruction” doesn’t have to mean “destruction of wontons”. It could also mean “destruction by wontons”.

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    Meredith said:
    May 27, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    Jo shares a funny typo, at least she & I thought so.

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    D. Wallace Peach said:
    May 27, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Wonton destruction cracked me up. Then the elucidation was even funnier. Then the comments. Oh my.

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      Suzanne Joshi said:
      May 28, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thanks, Diana. I just sat and laughed. Wonton destruction would strike me as hilarious also. I laughed at her birds coming to sit on and near her for warmth. Our lovebird used to ride around on my husband’s shoulder.😀 — Suzanne

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        D. Wallace Peach said:
        May 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

        I also was intrigued by the birds. My family never had birds (too many cats), so I didn’t know they snuggle for warmth. Then I got distracted by “Wonton Destruction” and the rest is history…

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    Suzanne Joshi said:
    May 27, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I know exactly what you mean about the power, Jo. We live in India and also have load shedding. Thursday is usually the day for it, but it sometimes goes off at other times as well. I think it’s driven my laptop over the edge. At times it takes the internet a while to recover. Many businesses have generators. Solar doesn’t seem to be a big thing here yet. The bit about your birds and the wontons was hilarious. We used to own a lovebird and he was a real character.😀

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    patriciaruthsusan said:
    May 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    This is really hilarious.

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    eloisedesousa said:
    May 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo.

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    Senra said:
    May 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    ~omg wonton x.x funny post! There`s a food from where I come that`s called `WanTan`, and it popped up in my head when I saw wonton xD

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    macjam47 said:
    May 28, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Hahaha! Now I’ll be seeing poor little wonton’s being destroyed for the rest of the day.

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    Margaret Lynette Sharp said:
    May 29, 2015 at 2:49 am

    I sometimes find myself writing the strangest typos. What a difference a letter makes🙂

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    theowllady said:
    May 29, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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