It was a long, ugly year for typos, but we made it through. Just in time for another long, ugly year of typos! But before we bid a final farewell to 2013, we thought we would share the most popular typos of the year, based on feedback we received from you, our loyal readers and fans.

So with 2013 rapidly coming to a close, let's get to it!

10. Barbie's Careers

Never knew that was a verb.

9. The Bowel Shape

That's got to make for some interesting bowel movements.

8. The Road of Time

Whoa! Does Doctor Who know about this?

7. The Markdown

I do love a bargain ...

6. The Ass Cream

Something special for your ass birthday.

5. The Fruit

The word "bananas" must be trademarked.

4. The Snmgfiehp

I think that Snmgfiehp is my favorite holiday of the year. Merry Snmgfiehp everybody!

3. The Cocks

Not just forward, but back as well. Rhythm is important.

2. The Nut Sacks

Pardon me, where do you keep your ... oh, never mind, I see them.

1. The Ass Crackers

There's tasty, tastier, tastiest, and tasty-ass.

Happy New Year, everybody!
 
 
Solidus Editorial Solutions Night Before Christmas
‘Twas the night before Christmas
At Solidus HQ
And the editors were stirring
With still so much to do

“Look at this shit,” Steve said
With familiar contempt
“They used ‘your’ and not ‘you’re’
In this half-assed attempt!”

“And they made this possessive,”
Said Emily with bite
“It’s like they didn’t even want it
To remotely be right!”

“Oh that’s nothing!” cried Emily.
“Take this line right here.
I’ve never seen anything
That’s quite so unclear!”

The three of them sighed
As they grabbed their red pens
It looked like they’d work
Straight through Christmas again

When suddenly they
Were all bathed in a glow
From a light that shone in
From the fresh fallen snow

And a jolly old elf
Just appeared in their midst
With a giant red bag
He held tight in his fist

“Who are you?” the three said
Though they all had a clue
“Why, I’m Santa!” he laughed
“And I’m here to help you!”

Then he opened his bag
And he pulled forth a book
They knew just what it was
With the briefest of looks

“Dictionaries!” said Santa
“Dictionaries for all!
For the old and the young
For the big and the small!”

“They’ll all learn to spell
Which will lighten your load
And give you all back
The great Christmas you’re owed!”

Then he went up the chimney
And into his sleigh
And he and his team
Flew up, up and away

And Steve looked at Emily
And Emily in turn
And they all shook their heads
They knew Santa would learn

That as nice of a gift
A dictionary would make
The use of it was
A step no one would take

So they all settled back
To their editor tables
And that’s where we end
Our Christmastime fable

They’re thankful for you
And the fact that you read it
But time marches on
And there’s so much to edit

And they need peace and quiet
To get it all right
So Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good night!

By Steve Boudreault


 
 
Sometimes a meme says it more eloquently than 250 to 500 words ever could. From all of us at Solidus, happy holidays everyone!
 
 
Solidus Contractions
In the editorial world, things tend to come in waves. I don't know why it is, exactly, but over a certain period you tend to see the same mistakes made across the board by a bunch of different clients. One month you'll see everyone misspelling "believe" and the next month everyone will be using "between" instead of "among." And then suddenly everyone will forget which punctuation goes inside the quotation marks and which goes outside. It's all pretty weird, when you really think about it.

The most recent trend is the disappearance of contractions. I had no legitimate theory as to why people were using "do not" instead of "don't" or "cannot" instead of "can't," but then a colleague of mine tipped me off to the fact that voice recognition software will often spell out contractions whether you want it to or not. I personally don't use the stuff so I can't speak to this point, but if it's true, investors take note -- it would seem that the use of voice recognition software is on the rise.

The result, though, while proper English, comes across very stilted and a little too proper for my tastes. I understand that if you're the President and you're making a speech you're probably not going to employ a whole lot of contractions, but if you're writing a blog post or copy for your website, that little apostrophe can do a whole hell of a lot toward making you or your company sound much more conversational. And therefore much more approachable.

So unless you specify to me that you want to avoid contractions, expect me to load you up with would've, should've, could've, might've, must've, isn't, aren't, wasn't, weren't, haven't, hasn't, hadn't, won't, wouldn't, don't, doesn't, didn't, can't, couldn't, shouldn't, mightn't, mustn't, and if I'm really rolling, a she'd've and maybe a 'twas.

By that point I'll have used up my allotment of apostrophes for the month. But it'll all be worth it.


By Steve Boudreault



 
 
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Yesterday I was writing a piece for a client, and I was really cranking on it. You know that great feeling when you're working on something and you hit that groove? It's heavenly.

The ideas were flowing and the words were pouring from my brain to my fingertips to the keyboard, and I had just typed "Above all, don't forget to ... " when someone interrupted me. To be fair, it was about something reasonably important, and I spent a few minutes putting out that particular fire. But when I came back to continue writing, I stared blankly at the last line I'd written and could not for my life figure out what I'd been about to say.

It seemed pretty important, too. Something you should never forget. I reread the lead-in paragraph, looking for context clues, but there weren't any. I was about to go off on a tangent, and because I'd come un-grooved, I had no clue where that tangent was headed or what point I was going to make.

This has to be the bane of every writer -- the interruption. Perhaps other writers are more skilled than I when it comes to picking up the thread, but man, that unexpected break can really thwart some great prose.

Then comes the killer -- trying to finish that thought with something that may or may not have been the original idea, but probably isn't. It's like trying to stuff a marshmallow into a piggy bank. It may fit, but it sure isn't pretty. And then you mourn all of that great copy that would have been created from your original groove.

I should note that I was able to write this blog about interruptions with no interruptions and get all my points across just the way I wanted to. Score!

By Steve Boudreault