|this is an example of a 'humdinger' as spotted |
by moi in Target
i had this random, lack-of-sleep-fueled idea and i want to try it. will you help me? keep reading....
i don't know about you, but in the course of a day's reading—online, in magazines, store signs, TV news graphics, etc.—i come upon many typos of all kinds. this simultaneously drives me bonkers and gives me great pleasure.
i wonder often if anyone is else catching these careless
errors, or if i'm the only grammar nerd out there. bahahaha! thanks dad for catching MY typo. how embarrassing! but i guess i proved my own point. ahem: i wonder often if anyone else is catching these careless errors or if i'm the only grammar nerd out there.
i was also recently thinking about ways to help friends of ours who had a baby boy a few months ago. the little guy was born with an extremely—i mean, extremely—rare condition and he can't leave CHOP (the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a truly amazing place) until he receives an organ transplant. this breaks my heart on so many levels, now that i'm a mama, and though the little guy is tough and apparently surprising doctors on a daily basis, i still feel the urge to help in some way—both this precious baby boy and all the little ones at CHOP.
thus the idea for TYPOS FOR KIDDOS! was born.
right now you're thinking wha??? here's the deal: put your grammar nerd glasses on and get reading. whenever you come across a typo of any kind—and believe me, you will—send it to me. either take a picture of it with your iPhone, take a screen shot if it's online, or send me a link, post it to Typos for Kiddos' Facebook page or even snail-mail it to me. for each mistake spotted and sent to me during the entire month of December—which starts tomorrow, kids!—i will donate to CHOP according to the list below:
spelling errors: $1 each
misuse (or lack) of punctuation: $2 each
missing words: $3 each
overall piss-poor sentence structure: $4 each (this is a bit more subjective, but i know i have readers who will be able to spot these easily!)
total, full-on humdingers: $5 each (this includes wrong headlines, blatantly incorrect facts, double entendres, etc.)
all you have to do is a little copy editing! is there an easier way to give back this holiday season? i don't think so. all through December, i will post weekly updates as to the amount of money we've raised. on January 1, 2012, i will write a check to CHOP for the total amount and send it on its way.
**if anyone out there has deep pockets, is friends with a fantastic philanthropist or would personally like to volunteer to match the amount raised, that would be completely awesome.**
so, that's the scoop. are you in? i hope so! if you have any questions, want to send typos or just want to say hello, e-mail me at megalbagel(at)comcast(dot)net.
thanks in advance for your enthusiasm and participation! happy proofing!