Saturday, March 21, 2009

Apparently this writer was haunted by the Ghost of Grammatical Woes...

So I spent last night writing part of one of my three (!!!) short stories. (OK, I spent part of last night buying more hooker shoes. I'm not really a hooker, of course, but you'd assume otherwise if you saw my shoe collection. But after the shoe shopping, then I did some writing...) The story I'm working on now is about someone who's haunted, which inspired me to post these little blurbs that were littered with errors. These blurbs deal with haunted places, not haunted people, but whatever. At least I can say I have fewer (um, nonexistent) grammar/spelling errors in my working draft right now. ;)

This one's got an obvious set of typos. The writer most certainly meant to say by, but 2/3 of the time, that's not actually what he said here... And did the ghost hanging out by the bed spook the writer so badly that he thought he'd try to scare it away with some heinous non-agreement?

This one contains a cute little homonym error. The word vile is an adjective; the writer should have used the word vial (a noun) instead. And not content with just giving us a homonym error, the writer was so kind as to throw in a minor apostrophe catastrophe, probably figuring we'd get bored if there was only one boo-boo in this blurb...

So now that I'm on this topic, what do you guys think about the idea of stuff being haunted? Do you think people, places, and/or things (or all of the above) can be haunted? Ever had any interesting supernatural experiences? (I have...but that's another story for another time.) Talk to me in the Comments section...

12 comments:

Stars Only said...

I covered this subject in depth/shallowness in the last blog I did.

The only thing going bump in the night at my house is the cat.

Now if I could only find my damn keys.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Don't step on the kitty! :)

Bridgete said...

I've had LOTS of experiences. There's a ghost at my alma mater, Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Her name is Vera. She mostly haunts Knight Hall, which used to be the music building but I think it's admissions now. Anyway, most of my encounters were during her visits to the new music building, when she'd go play the piano. I remember one time I was the only person in the building -- it was late, I was working my shift as a building monitor. I heard someone start playing the piano in the performance hall. I looked in, thinking I just didn't realize there was a student in there, and no one was there. It freaked me out, so I called my friends and made them come sit with me.

That's just one of my many stories.

LadyStyx said...

Yep...I sure do. I usually end up with the ones that like to pass by me so I see the shadow out of the corner of my eye (like in the place Im staying now). I had a couple that liked to play with the electronic gadgets in the house, another that decided it would be funny to toss books at me while I slept. The last house, there was one that insisted on humming while I was in the house alone. Ghosties generally don't like me after a while, though, because I lose my temper with them. I think I covered some stories like that in my blog somewhere. I never ended up with any creeps like you see on some of those "Haunted" type tv programs (thank goodness). The ones I end up with usually go away with a firm "this is MY house dammit...you wanna stay, fine but leave me and mine ALONE! This includes me, my spouse, my pets and my stuff."

Yeah, great, now I sound like a freak... LOL!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: My college campus was haunted, too! (Vera sounds like a cool ghost, though. At least she was just a little unnerving and not mean/scary.)

I'm glad I'm not the only one with ghostly stories. Most people I know tell me they don't believe in ghosts. I say they just haven't had experiences that have made them believers yet. ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: Is it the house they're haunting, or are they really attracted to hanging around with YOU? :)

Sometimes, when I feel like I'm having a moment where there's an unknown presence here (one that I don't recognize, as opposed to the ones I do recognize) and it's making me a little on edge, I say loudly and calmly, "Go in peace." Usually I only have to say it once.

ChicagoLady said...

Apparently, I'm not open to the supernatural, because I know several people IRL who see or hear ghosts and I have no idea what they're talking about. I've never seen or heard anything personally. That's not to say I don't believe in it, I think my brain is just too analytical to process it.

There's also another error in the second article, the writer used "lead" instead of "led".

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Good eye, ChicagoLady! Yep, you're absolutely right!

Awww...no ghosts for you? I'm not sure if I should feel bad about that (since ghostly things are cool experiences), or if I think you're lucky (because those experiences are often quite freaky), LOL!

LadyStyx said...

Nope. They seem to come with the place. Some places they've been very distinctly male, and some decidedly female.

Peter said...

I have encountered photocopiers and fax machines that were at least possessed, if not haunted.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: I'm gonna have to go find your ghost-related stories in your blog. Now I'm really intrigued!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Peter: Ha! As have I. :)