Being a writer includes learning the rules of your language.
For those of you who read the email version of this post that went out to nearly 1,000 subscribers, did you catch the irony in the very first sentence of the first paragraph? I always know that when I talk or write about a subject like the one at hand, the God of Irony is watching me closely and doing his best to undermine me with all his trickster-ish wiles.
In this case, despite my best intentions and most careful proofreading, he accomplished his goal right there in the opening sentence by hiding a typo from my eyes: "Here’s a brief note that I hope won’t comes off as nothing more than a dyspeptic rant." ("Comes" should be "come.")
Ever since my days of writing and publishing blog posts at The Teeming Brain, I have never been quite sure why a kind of mist hovers over each essay and post, hiding certain errors from sight until one second after I click the "post" button, at which point it dissipates, and the errors become glaringly visible, and I hear a the sound of silent laughter at my expense ringing throughout the cosmos.
In any event, the opening error in this post is fixed now, here in the web/online version. If you find more, don't hesitate to let me know!
Ha! Virgos on the warpath. Also, it's possible in this shitty publishing climate that they didn't even have an editor or copy editor (at least I *hope* that's the case). I'm seeing this more and more everyday.
There's a chance the writer may have not made the mistake in the first place. The proof-reader of my last book changed poppet to puppet, thinking I'd made a mistake. I hadn't. They obviously didn't know what poppet meant. The scene was clearly describing a voodoo doll of some sort. Not a puppet. A poppet is a European magic curse doll, like a voodoo doll. Changing it to puppet didn't make sense and when reading to check all the changes one last time, I nearly missed it. A 'u' instead of an 'o' is easy to miss. It could've been a similar situation with 'everyday' which may be (not maybe!) easy to miss too. But I get what you mean.
In one of my university classes they told us not to rely on a spellchecker for these types of errors, too. Apparently an essay on Dragoons was handed in as an essay on dragons 🐉 😂