Spelling Woes
by Elizabette Guecamburu
Oct 24, 2013 | 1145 views | 0 0 comments | 343 343 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I have a painful entry. My last column in this paper contained a spelling mistake. Actually, there were three spelling errors since I misspelled the same word three times. I'd like to take solace in the fact that at least I was consistent in my wrongness, but it still doesn't make me feel any better.

I'm one of those people that cringe when I see a typo on an invitation, billboard, or on any document that gets widespread circulation. I've even been known to email or call total strangers to tell them that they've spelled something wrong and that they may want to fix it so they don't look like an idiot. But, now I think Fate is returning the favor.

It would be nice if I had noticed this spelling mistake myself. But, I didn't. A helpful reader notified me of the error by sending me the following email:

"In your Thursday column, I think you meant 'stationery,' not 'stationary.' Spell check is not perfect. Old teachers never die, they just lose their principles (principals)."

I learned two things from this note.

First, it’s important to always be prepared for Fate to give you a swift kick in the posterior. Second, my readers are definitely funnier than I am.

I'd like to say that this experience will teach me a lesson — that, from now on, I won't take perverse pleasure in pointing out spelling mistakes to others (including strangers). But, you and I both know that would be a lie.

Therefore, I think I should take this opportunity to issue an advance apology to the hapless folks who may receive my unsolicited spelling advice in the future. I don't really mean to be annoying, it just comes naturally.

That said, if you see a typo in this, or any future column, please feel free to point it out to me. I love when Fate gives me what I deserve.

Elizabette Guecamburu, volunteer columnist for the Irrigator, is a writer and a native Patterson resident. She can be reached at eguecamburu@gmail.com

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