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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 9:43:26 PM PDT
Sorry! Your not going to find one that I know of. These are my personal lists that I've been keeping since I was about 15. I just added the favorite reviewers list a year ago, after getting badly burned. I paid the big bucks for 5 new paper backs cause I liked the 2 e-books that I had read. Only to find out that the writer also wrote a totally different type book (I'm not into the 3 some thing or more). When I went back to check the reviews, I found her fans referring to themselves as Slut Smuts. Now I read some of the high ratings and all of the really low ones (even for the free books). I've always known that 'Free ain't always Free' and ain't always worth it'! When I get the chance to go to a 2nd hand book store, all I have to do is print out the do not buy or the 'look for' these list. And my favorite reviewers list is for when I have a little time and nothing is on TV (that would be most of the summer), I can look for the reviewers recommendations. I've read some things I wouldn't have picked on my own but the reviewers on my good list mentioned. It's good for some one my age to branch out a little (LOL).
I'll look for the Like Buttons, didn't know it helped.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 12:12:50 AM PDT
Endeavour says:
So, this discussion is about ytpos - oops, I meant typos.
Everybody has them, but does anybody have trouble with homophones? Have any of you seen any good ones? I don't mean here and hear, or their and there, or right and write. I was reading an author interview and one of the questions stopped me dead, as this was a newspaper article, and newspapers have editors, proof readers and such, don't they?

So, here it is.

Q: "Mr X, how many prizes for litrature have you one?"

Stop laughing, it's true.

Where's my prize then?

This is a competition isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:35:09 AM PDT
Alina says:
Yeah, you get a best supporting actor Oscar.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 6:33:47 AM PDT
You may win or come in as a close runner up! That is funny. However amazon is having some shipping issues so you will probably not be receiving what you one...duh, won.... You are correct, we all make mistakes. Here is another church bulletin announcement, no a typo, just an interesting arrangement of words, let us say.
Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Church. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 12:02:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012 12:08:51 PM PDT
droonfang says:
M Flinders-
Not the like buttons near the top with the first book description (or whatever) stuff. That helps other customers and, so I recently read, may show up somewhere in your profile. It's recent for me so I haven't even looked for that yet, but will as I just clicked my 1st 2 like buttons. If that shows up in someone's profile and can be seen by others, that's another avenue for pre-buy research...or ideas. What I meant was, below the reviews you read is a link to leave a comment and yes or no buttons for "Was this review helpful to you." That helps the reviewers...including comments. I do leave them sometimes, especially if I think they really nailed a review on something I know about, or if I seriously disagree. Feel free to contact me if you like...I have lists (being near 60 I forget sometimes what I read or saw as I do LOTS of both). Tell me what you're mostly looking for and I'll see what kind of info I can provide.

Endeavor--
Was that 2nd an intentional typo? litrature for literature? OMG...I just looked at what I typed and I kid you not, I typed leterature LOL
Does that mean literature is just typo after typo???

And MI parent added to the typo discussion...with a "..., no a typo...". Love your typo addition.

Some of the homophones I've seen lately?
Don't know them exactly but can give examples:
1-She was anxious, worrying about how she looked, waiting for her bow to arrive.
2-The instructions said, knit 1, pearl 2.
3-She kept stepping over the fowl line before releasing the ball. Bowling obviously wasn't her sport, as she committed fowl after fowl. (Actually cringed reading numerous examples of this misuse in ONE book! Like I say, if you don't know, you don't know.)
4-Not quite a homophone, but close... She almost fell as she clamored over the rocks.
5-This challenge would test anyone's medal. OR He was proud as they pinned the metal to his chest. (Wrong but, in a way, not... In fact true for both?)
6-He was out of control and someone needed to reign him in. (Another engimatic(?) misuse. Was he acting like he thought he was king? LOL)
7-And one that was consistent through 7 books, another cringe moment for me. She enjoyed looking at the lovely old church as she walked passed it.
I've seen, shockingly, MANY examples of this misuse of past/passed in many books.
8-Another close-to-homophone. He was nearly starving so he woofed down the food.
9-And one more commonly misused than used correctly...and I emailed to correct an author regarding. He was embarrassed...but grateful for helping him.
Now, we're off on another tact. <sigh>

As for typos, I'm currently on a hate campaign against "alright" and "off of", both non-standard uses that really bug me. In fact the word of is OFTEN unnecessary.
I love it...all in fun...please. I don't want to offend anyone, and I especially love the pleasant, friendly camaraderie here, so missing in many of the Amazon discussions. New friends...

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 3:52:09 PM PDT
Got another one although I guess in all honesty, I've been contributing passages that were from authors who just needed to get a good dictionary and not spell things according to the way they sound.
In Roxy Jane and the Bridge to Providence (Roxy Jane Trilogy), in a moment of intimacy, the male lead is undressing the female lead. "With the release of her brazier ...." Ouch!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 5:18:48 PM PDT
I knew I would eventually make a typo...lol...I have to say that a few years ago, I was confusing past and passed. I would send emails to singers saying: Joe Smith has past away. Some kind soul sent me an email explaining the difference. I was embarrassed but so grateful to her for correcting me. I do see this mistake from time to time. I had forgotten about purl and pearl.

It is fun making new friends via these blogs.

Thanks for correcting me. I seem to always find other's mistakes, but not mine! Hmm, I don't know how to correct it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 5:41:59 PM PDT
droongfang - I do use the like buttons to 'Like' reviews, as I want people to know that I appreciate the time they took to write it. But maybe, you might want to ask someone before you click on some of them. I saw something one day and wanted to give the artist a 'Like' as I thought they had done a lot of work. The next thing I knew it showed up on my Facebook page. I don't look at my page and don't know much about FB, as I just signed up to keep up with the Grandkids. However some of them saw it and wrote back to see what I was up to (LOL). For some reason it also showed up on their page! mg

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 8:06:01 PM PDT
droonfang says:
M Flinders...I don't do FB anymore. I asked them 4 times to fix my newsfeed and got nowhere...so what's the point.

and MI...not a biggie...I have edited mine when I posted and saw errors...so I do it too. My worst fault lately is brain getting ahead of fingers or rushing with my 2-4 finger approach and getting letters out of order. The worst one is hubby's name, Joseph which I usually type Jospeh. I think it's kind of a back and forth hand thing...alternating, which speh is but seph isn't.

and Chloe...think I would definitely want a release of a brazier, especially if it's where a brassiere goes...gives a whole new meaning to "Wow, she's hot"?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 9:27:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012 10:19:13 PM PDT
I did try to educate myself further and checked to see if there was a definition that would work in the context of the story; the only one that did not involve hot coals referred to "a person who works with brass." Brass, hmm-m-m, close but no cookie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 11:34:26 PM PDT
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jobiwan6 says:
MICHIGAN P -
I think the word is "apocalyptic", but I prefer your "apocalypstic". Makes me think "apoca-lipstick", which would, of course, be found in every hot ZombieGirl's (and certain ZombieBoy's) makeup case. With the proper marketing, we could be onto something...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 12:08:44 AM PDT
And they could dance the apocalypso. "groan"

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 12:24:58 AM PDT
S. A. S. L. says:
For me, 'passed' and 'past' are confusing. I think I'm getting it. They're the only 2 words that irritate me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 1:13:20 AM PDT
"droongfang - I do use the like buttons to 'Like' reviews, as I want people to know that I appreciate the time they took to write it. But maybe, you might want to ask someone before you click on some of them. I saw something one day and wanted to give the artist a 'Like' as I thought they had done a lot of work. The next thing I knew it showed up on my Facebook page."

There is a difference between the Like button and the Yes button for "was this review helpful?" The Like buttons on the book page are for the book and associated with social media like Facebook and will show up there.

The Yes/No Helpful buttons at the bottom of each review are specific to Amazon and that particular review. It will not show up anywhere that you were the individual to click on the button. It just shows up in the vote count on the review as a number.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 3:18:44 AM PDT
I edit medical reports at my day job and I collect all of the best typos and errors. My all time favourite has to be the one about someone with drug problems who apparently "abused cannibals."

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 4:25:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2012 4:31:10 AM PDT
OK, I think I've won (or one?) the duckie award for the most typos. I don't think I can blame my age but it would be cool if I could! I always have to look up apocalyptic and I still spell it wrong!! lol

Any way all these new posts really made me laugh. A good time just before I leave for work. 2 masses, I have a cantor for one but must play organ and sing for the other, then back home. The life of a musician...what can I say.

Speaking of typos, I just heard a funny one on Fox 2 local Detroit news. (I guess it would be a speak-O) Weather reporter was explaining how hot and humid it will be today. She said, "You'll want to be drinking that sunscreen." lol She did catch herself and corrected

Oh that Facebook! Somehow you have your account set up to post blogs to F/B. I don't know how to tell you to change it. One time I reviewed a book on my Kindle and it showed up on F/B. Now I know how to keep that from happening. I've never had a blog show up on F/B...if I did I'd probably have my son tell me how to fix it and then I'd totally forget what I did.

I have the "Jumping Box" now...It's just weird to type like this.... Later!

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 5:00:46 AM PDT
Anyone who has read the 'dictolo' typed doctors notes that arrive in the patients charts in hospitals has seen the codicil on the bottom of the page,

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 6:26:12 AM PDT
droonfang says:
MI parents--have no idea about blog but for your kindle, from your home page, bring up menu, then click on settings. Activate your wireless, then probably on page 2 is social networks, manage...click on that. You should get a page with twitter and facebook with buttons to link or unlink accounts. Just unlink FB if you want.

And maybe it's just me, but I think cannibals SHOULD BE abused though I doubt it would be considered a drug problem. Maybe a failing grade in "works and plays well with others?"

Past is an adjective, adverb, preposition, never a verb? Not something you do, but I think of it like more of a condition.
Passed is a verb, related to something you do...and the past tense of pass, as in 'pass by.'
So I passed the school (I did it, verb form) OR I walked past the school (think that's a preposition forming a prep phrase, 'past the school', and is WHERE, not 'doing' anything.)

Hope that didn't confuse you more. It seems automatic for me, but can understand that, being a homophone really, that people could be confused.

And yes Robin L, I'm still not sure if M Flinders gets the difference. I understand completely, and felt fairly sure I didn't explain myself the first time very well, as I meant the yes/no buttons below the review, which I was quite sure wouldn't show up anywhere but on the review as simply a counted click.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 11:15:02 AM PDT
Thanks droonfang...I do have it figured out, I was actually responding to M. Flinders post...but I don't think I helped much. I think I have the kindle figured out. I just didn't know my review would show up on F/B the first time I wrote one. Now I know. I let my F/B friends know when I finish a Sir H. Rider Haggard book...not so much zoombie books lol

Thanks for the extended explanation regarding past and passed. It was just an example of a stupid mistake 15 or so years ago. Since then I have been involved in Home Education where no mistakes are allowed. We spent a lot of time on grammar and writing. I do a lot of career writing. I'm not so careful here on these blogs

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 4:36:53 PM PDT
Here are some typos that I see more and more online:
loose for lose (you will loose 20 pounds in a week)
rein/reign
diety/deity (there is no such thing as a diety though I suppose one could loose weight)
bridle/bridal (the bridal path for horses)

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 5:34:36 PM PDT
Wow, Alison. Glad you brought this up. These are examples of what we would call those words that break the rules and are put behind bars (OK, that is really the way my children learned these things in the First Grade) What rule makes the s sound like a Z or what rule makes the s sound like a s ?? The magic e for lose or loose does not apply. The "when two vowels go walking.." doesn't apply to loose and that rule applies in Latin, I noticed, most of the time, I think.

All I can say is this: (ok, I think the colon is wrong there. What say you, my "Stupidest typos you've ever seen" blogging friends) I promished to read a book and review it. When it comes time to review this book, I am going to have you guys proof read it for me!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 7:50:28 PM PDT
droonfang says:
semicolon maybe?
and am semi-editing for someone else right now...
brings up another bugaboo...hyphens. When do you hyphenate? I keep googling, or now, use my kindle dictionary. And another little added weird conicidence for me. I seem to often struggle typing dictionary and getting it right. Added letters, out of order, whatever. And my struggle with embarrassment (one r or two, but two esses, right?) Same with recommend (double c and m, or which one has only one?)
And as you may have noticed, I have an ellipsis fetish. LOL Actually, in a relaxed kind of forum, like emails mostly, it just feels like I'm thinking and talking.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 10:47:32 PM PDT
kkm says:
Perhaps the most amusing and embarrassing typo story I know happened to a gentleman named Anatoly, who received a letter from his prospect customer that opened:

"Dear Analtoy:"

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 10:59:30 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 7:08:29 AM PDT
droonfang says:
oh, kkm...I LOVE IT! Maybe the best?

And I have a question for everyone, after reading last night. Do you all know the diff (am going to stop being anal and use my usual shorthand) between shot and shoot? Granted, it COULD be a simple typo, it's just one Os difference. But not when one author misused them, BOTH WAYS(!), repeatedly. Now I have another one, that was just one use, but I'm still wondering. Are there many people who mistake this? Unfortunately, it's an erotica book, so in this forum I hesitate to do a quote, but it was present tense and def should have been shoot, not shot. (Imaginations working overtime?) Ok, what can I expect from erotica but, it's still a published book that's wrong.

And hope you all get my shorthand. Just purely lazy sometimes...
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