Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stage freight and other true typos or yakwirms

True typos are typographical errors that give rise to striking mental images. In their own way they are as true as the correct words or phrases. Sometimes they are homophones, but not always. Letters also may either be added, missing, or interchanged. For example, a speaker may have stage freight (rather than stage fright) if he brings a lot of emotional baggage along.

I already have mentioned three true typos on this blog. A drive-by survey on horseback is a Gallop poll. A person may have a flare (rather than a flair) for introducing speakers. People may even practice pubic speaking.

There are lots of others out there. Word-of-moth marketing is a subtype of word-of-mouth (WOM). It involves creating buzz by whispering in the dark. You can get discrete (rather than discreet) help for your fear of public speaking, if you pay for the advice one piece at a time.

There are a few conslutants here and there hiding in the midst of a lot of consultants. I even found one psychic conslutant. Apparently being psychic didn’t help her catch that one last typo!

Real estate listings can feature items like a wreck room, a remolded bathroom, or even a sinking living room.

Yakwirm is an acronym for You All Know What I Really Meant. We didn’t, but we sure had fun trying to figure it out!

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