Now, what about that ‘k’?

This past Wednesday, I decided to extend my sincerest wishes to my American friends to the south for a peaceful Inauguration Day.

I fired up my Word Press account and pecked away at the keyboard, like a barnyard chicken. At the completion of the task, I proofread my piece and hit “Publish.”

Pleased that I was able to send mental and digital ‘vibes’ of goodwill, I proceeded to go about my day, when something caught my eye.

I’m sure my sister and her family down in Ohio could have heard my best Homer Simpson impression of, “Doh!”

That would have been accompanied with the echo of my hands smacking my forehead. How could I have missed such a ridiculous typo?

You see, the opening line was supposed to read: I would like to convey my sincerest hope for a peaceful transition of power and healing for the nation of the United States.

 In actuality, the ‘k’ must have decided to take its March Break early, because it read: I would lie to convey my sincerest hope for a peaceful transition of power and healing for the nation of the United States.

A bit frustrated with myself, I was glad that it had, at this point, only received a single view. I quickly grabbed the ‘k’ off the beach chair, and yes, I drank the brat’s mimosa. The AWOL letter was stuffed back in place.

Satisfied, I went into the kitchen where my grade-schoolers were munching on their cereal and contemplating yet another “delightful” day of COVID-style homeschooling.

It was about twenty minutes later that my phone ‘pinged’ an incoming message. It was from Mom and she’d noticed the missing ‘k’ and suggested I change it. Was she that one viewer? No, too early, she would have been doing her Bible reading around that time.

My head ached with another smack when I realized that I’d forgotten that my blog is set to share on Facebook and Twitter once published. She reads my posts on FB. I went to the computer, but of course, the post had been graciously retweeted and was now out in Twitterverse.

I corrected the post on FB and sent out a corrected retweet explaining that it was a typo and that I was sincere in my wishes. Of course, I knew that people are intelligent enough to realize it was a simple mistake, but it was still somewhat embarrassing.

I’ve clacked out the above sentences in the hope of producing a knowing smile on your part. I also wished to demonstrate how easy it is for the eyes and mind to be fooled. I think most of us are so accustomed to reading and writing, that our brains know how most words are spelled, so we read them that way.

You can’t always rely on spellcheck either, because it may not catch the proper context of the word. Hence the need for a second pair of eyes when you are ready to publish.

There are many words in the English language that seem completely illogical in their spelling.

Take the word ‘knife’ for instance. I could see Dalbert, quill in hand, at the dinner table, scratching out his latest poem. He gets  a hankering for a piece of sourdough bread and asks “Ada, can you pass me the nife?”

Ada, being relatively modern, wants to try out an abbreviated form of a new slang word she’s just learned, and responds with, “K.”

Dalbert, who just happened to be writing an ode to his nife collection, scratches the letter ‘k’ onto the parchment. He quickly realizes his mistake, smacks his head, covering it with expensive ink. There’s nothing for it, their ink supplies are low, and he needs to sell another goat before he can buy more.

 He shrugs it all off and mumbles, “There is no ‘butterfly effect’ that will come of this.”

I’ve prattled on long enough, you get my point.

Disclaimer: Any spelling or grammatical errors made in this document are entirely the fault of spell check, Word Press, or the author’s rogue fingers. The author takes no personal responsibility for any unintentional changes to the language of English that may be caused. 🙂


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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

64 thoughts on “Now, what about that ‘k’?”

  1. ugh lol I’ve had the same happen waaaay too many times. rest assured, Mark, anyone who visits your site more than 2 seconds gets the gist that surely that was a typo

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  2. I’m lucky too that my mom will call me right away if she sees a typo. But as soon as I update, the revised version shows up everywhere, so unless someone screenshotted your post, the corrected version is what they will see. Love this post because now I know I’m not the only one who worries about stuff like this!

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    1. We have great Moms, don’t we? 🙂 The problem was that my blog shares it to Twitter automatically and it was Tweeted before I could go on and actually correct it. I was annoyed with myself at the time, but quickly got over it. The purpose of this post was to have a laugh and show how easily it can happen. 🙂

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  3. This post definitely made me smile, Mark, and I’m sure we’ve all done this and felt the same mortification. I still wish we could edit our comments we leave on other blog posts of people we follow because I’ve noticed little typos after I hit “post comment” and it’s too late, already out there. Oh well, there are worse things in life, right?
    Right? 🙄🤣
    Thanks for the smiles, Lauren

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    1. I know, Jan, it’s an easy mistake. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for coming over. I would offer you a beverage, but the last time I tried to send it via WiFi, the whole system shorted out. 🙂

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  4. This post is hilarious, Mark! Unfortunately, typos happen to the best of us. I read my blog posts twenty times before pushing the publish button and still typos slip by sometimes. You’re right, a separate pair of eyes works best. 😀 xo

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  5. I can relate to this so well, Mark. I made a typo on the title of the post!! The theme I used for the blog has all caps on the title so I couldn’t tell when making the post. One blogger was worried and messaged me from Facebook and Twitter. When I caught her message the next day, as you said, many friendly bloggers had tweeted and retweeted it.

    Your typo is funny (but not no funny) of conveying a different message. When my daughter and I text each other and make typos, we understood what we meant to say. Probably the readers also understood what you meant to say.

    I took a long break so I didn’t read your post. I surely will read it after I catch up with a few things.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Miriam. I’m sure that those who read it knew what I meant. It’s just funny how we can miss the obvious sometimes. I think our brains know what the words are, so they automatically ignore the typo.


  6. Outstanding! Now that is a revelation Mark! I am glad you could pump so much humor into a simple “k.” I was just thinking of taking “k” away from your name. Lol!
    An afterthought – our expression can make or mar a personality. 🙂

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    1. It’s a very common and easy thing to do, I agree. It’s just that of all the words in that sentence to misspell, that was the most awkward. I wrote this post because for the fun of it. I’m actually just laughing at myself. 🙂

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  7. Ha! My “B” key wasn’t working the other day, so I’m not laughing as hard as I might.
    My nearest miss was with auto-correct. It changed the name of my boss — so my letter began, “Hi Malarkey.” Now, while that was completely accurate, it could have been baaaaaad. LOL. Fortunately, I caught it when my finger was a fine hair away from the send button.
    Hugs on the wing!

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  8. I loved this post, Mark. I think by the time I saw your Wednesday post the “K” had been snuggled into it’s proper home. Either that or I never noticed it missing.
    Like Kim, I appreciated the sentiments, typo or know, but wow did you spin that K into a fun post!

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  9. In addition to the array of problems that technology, in its efforts to supplant us, creates for us, there is another: the longer you work with words, the more you “see” things correctly. When I was young, I was the most ruthless proofreader–I never missed an error. Now, I have to be much more careful because my brain, on its own sort of autopilot, sees a word or sentence correctly, sometimes when it isn’t. Anyway, we all knew what you meant!

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Angela. In fact, I once read an article that proved just that. It had you read a sentence with mistakes in it. I never caught a single one, but the article said that the better you are at reading, the more your brain will read the words correctly.

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  10. This made me smile Mark…. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me! I think part of the reason it’s helpful to have others proofread the really important stuff is because when we read something we’ve written, we read what we meant to say. We don’t always see it as it really is….

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  11. I think we can all admit we’ve been in your shoes, Mark. Just this morning, someone at my day job sent out an off-duty job that needed to be filled. It was sent department wide. He meant to type “shift” but left out the “f”…oops! The sentence was hilarious! No doubt he was mortified. We are all human. Sometimes our errors can brighten someones day. 🙂

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  12. I immediately read your intention of “like” Mark. There are numerous lessons we can learn from typos, especially in today’s world of auto correct. The biggest one I see here is “Mark, be as kind to yourself as you are to others.” You are a relatable, thoughtful, generous human being. You always make a difference, in a good way. 🙂

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  13. Lol, great post, Mark. I agree a second set of eyes ( and a mimosa or three) helps, but at the same time why do people have to be so judgmental over what is obviously a simple error? ( with the exception of your mother 😊)

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    1. I think it’s worse when you are an author. I once had a great review on Amazon and someone else actually mentioned their typo on Amazon. Sheesh! This post was meant to be funny, yet point out how easy it is to make a mistake. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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