In the spirit of the holiday, Grammar Guru is bringing you three bloopers with full credit to the contributors!
Does anybody remember the old dictaphone? Yeah, I know, the Guru is dating herself. Well, imagine this mechanical howler courtesy of transcription. Instead of, "Without wishing to create a precedent," we get, "Without wishing to create a president." Thanks, Kate Hofman!
Here's another one from Kate the Great and an automatic translating program:
English: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Russian: "The liquor is eager, but the meat is spoiled."
Well, it's Russian. You know vodka had to get into it somewhere.
And finally this classic blooper from Rebecca Vickery, Southern cook extraordinaire, and her SpellCheck program."
When Rebecca wrote, "red-eye gravy," SpellCheck corrected it to "overnight flight gravy."
That's it for the mischief. Now Guru is heading out to the pasture, where someone thought it was funny to take the gate off its hinges and leave it leaning sideways into the pasture. The horse is giving it meaningful looks. After all, the grass is always greener...
Happy Halloween, everyone! Feel free to leave your own bloopers in the comments section and I'll share them in a future post. If you want to be entered in for a drawing for one of our book giveaways, leave your email addy, too!