The Irritating Writer

In a recent business writing class, we swapped stories of errors that had made us grin. I like this one, which the writer had rendered in bold type:

Let me reirritate!

Of course, the writer intended "Let me reiterate." But the person who received the message thought reirritate fit just fine.

Please share your amusing errors.

Lynn

5 COMMENTS

  1. This isn’t an error, exactly, but it’s a lovely play on words in a similar vein to your post.

    I was speaking to my mother in law on the phone a while back and I asked her what she was doing later that afternoon.

    “Research,” she said.

    I asked her what was the subject.

    “I lost my glasses, then I found them, then I lost them again so now I have to re-search them.”

    Lovely.

  2. “Sorry for the incontinence”, instead of inconvenience.

    “Please whip down the tables when you’re done”, instead of wipe.

  3. Matthew, your mother-in-law’s comment is perfect. I have been doing research for my glasses, keys, scissors, calculator, and lots of other things. And I had thought I was just disorganized!

    Nichole, I myself have received the “incontinence” message, as have several people in my workshops. The condition is spreading!

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