I just read about a woman standing in peak-toed shoes. She was also peaking around the corner, horrified at the site her eyes were taking in.
I can’t even tell you how much it hurt me to read about this poor woman. I mean what kind of bizarre body shape does she have to require those strange shoes? Or to jut out like that from around a corner? And what sort of superpowers does she have to suck an entire location into her eyes?
Okay, okay, we all know perfectly well that I’m talking about homophones here. We’re all familiar with the usual suspects like ‘which witch is which?’ and ‘They’re going to their car over there.’ These are the popular ones that everyone talks about in grade school, and when we come across them we often sigh and shake our head but move on past them because we understand it. But I have been coming across some whoppers lately that a spell check is just not going to catch, and man. I had to start collecting them.
Reek vs wreak is a good one. I’m not sure how someone would reek vengeance, but it sounds horrifying. I posted on Facebook the other day about the wonton love scene. The professor in my family facepalmed hard when I pointed out the site/sight/cite problem one author was having. Past and passed is another one I’ve started coming across recently. It’s difficult for me to keep my suspension of disbelief when someone ducked passed something or wants to discuss the recent passed. And when I read about it, I don’t shutter, I shudder. Yeah, I’ve seen that one as well.
Illicit and elicit is a new one I just dug up. I can’t even imagine how someone could illicit the reaction the author was going on about, but it probably was illegal in several states. One I actually come across frequently isn’t a homophone, but a spelling error that is very easy to make so I try not to get upset, but breath and breathe are not interchangeable words.
Now I am far from perfect. I’ve gotten notes on my published books where I’ve made a whopper of a mistake, and I truly appreciate when someone takes the time to let me know about a specific error. But truly. Some of these mistakes are just at the peek of lazy editing.