Of course, … a course

Of course, I will take a course of action.

Of course, the man took a course in learning the new skill.

Of course, many runners ran a course along the street.

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I admit I was a poor student in school many years ago; honestly, I barely graduated high school and I did not attend college.  I had no interest in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English, well you get the idea.  The only subject I excelled in was Band – I was excellent in this subject.

Years later into my adulthood, I would start learning and applying myself to new subjects, topics and ideas.  It was my 30’s and I started to become interested in improving myself and took interest in areas that in my school years I just did not want to comprehend.

Today in my mid 50’s, I still am not an expert at anything, and consider myself above average on subjects taught in school those many years ago.  Since starting this blog 20 months ago, I have written a post every day.  Most my posts are written from my heart, soul and the words flow to written form.  I certainly am not the greatest speaker, well you know that – you have watched and heard many of my videos; so, my writing is not always the best and I know at times I have used grammar incorrectly.

It pleases me that no one corrects me – thank you.

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The posts I write, I read and re-read and proof read before publishing them on WP.  Once published, I read and re-read them again.  I say to myself I have written and published another great post, right?”  Well yes, the post itself could be considered great or good or at lease decent.  But what about the grammar?  Okay, after reading, re-reading, proofing, then reading and re-reading; darn it – I made a mistake.  I hate that, how did that happen?

At times my brain sees and reads something different than what I write.  In past posts, I write about my learning disabilities as a child, my internal struggles with myself; it is all here on my blog somewhere.  I make mistakes, I have shortcomings, and I am no expert at writing.

But I learn and I grow because, at this time in my life I am interested in learning; back in school many years ago, I was not.

What does Of course, … a course have to do with me learning and growing?  I wrote a post back in November; I read and re-read and proof read before publishing and once published, I read and re-read again.  My brain saw and read what it wanted to see other than what I wrote.

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Almost 2 months later, I read the post again; darn it – I made a mistake.  Did any of you catch it?  If you did, no one corrected me – thank you.

I want to correct it today.

The original words –

I respond “Well, Thackerville is in Oklahoma which is a course North of Texas.

The corrected words –

I respond “Well, Thackerville is in Oklahoma which is of course North of Texas.

Or I guess I could have written it this way –

I respond “Well, Thackerville is in Oklahoma which of course, is a course I have driven many times North of Texas.

46 thoughts on “Of course, … a course

  1. Do you know what, nobody is perfect, we all make little errors here and there. It makes us human. Do you know what is funny, I read the sentence you wrote in November and my mind automatically read and included the word ‘of’. Then I read your corrected sentence, and thought I’ve just read that, and then noticed that my eyes and mind had deceived me, in your original sentence. 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Keep well my friend. 🙂 x

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  2. lol – I think I missed it. It is so easy to miss when we proofread our own writing, because, as you said, our brain tells us it says what we meant to write. 🙂 You do GREAT! OF COURSE we all make mistakes sometimes! It is our imperfections that make us perfect 🙂

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  3. I love your writing, and if you do make any mistakes, I like someone else mentioned must automatically correct them or just oversee them.
    Education has nothing to do with how good a writer you are. As you say you write from the heart and that is what comes across. I am ashamed to admit that my writing is horrible and riddled with grammatical and spelling mistakes yet I did attend university. Twice! Lol Goes to show how misleading an education can be, doesn’t it?
    Keep on writing and have a great day! 🙂

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  4. It’s common for me to find ‘mistakes’ (in my eyes..I doubt anyone else sees them or if they DO, they are kind enough not to say anything) ..in my old posts. And all you were ‘guilty’ of in the Oklahoma sentence is what I call (not knowing the formal name for such things) the ‘regional influence’. “A course” for “OF course” is the way people talk(ed?) in certain areas of America (mostly rural or country folk). In Utah it is said we routinely drop our ‘Ts” (I’ve never HEARD that, and of course I have no accent at all…um..my story – sticking to it LOL) so we say things like “moun’ain” for ‘mountain’ and so forth. My father said “crick and root and warsh’ (for creek and route and wash)..he was from rural Utah. English mutates every single day it seems and I’m astounded that anyone can learn “American” English at all…did you know that ‘sick’ (by today’s youth’s usage) means “cool”? There are more. Don’t be too hard on yourself for the occasional unconscious ‘error’. Just means you’re human!

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  5. Too funny! I, literally, will wake up sometimes at 2 am, before a post is scheduled to publish and think, “Oh my gosh… did I say that right? Was that the right word?” Sometimes I feel like the comic relief in a Shakespearean drama when I miss things, or say something that ends up being a double entendre. hehe.

    Then, as you said, I go back and reread posts… usually just to get in the mood for the next post in that genre, or to see if it sparks another idea I touched on…. but didn’t get a chance to elaborate on due to the constrictions of a particular post topic. And inevitably face palm. Ugh.

    I guess what I am saying, very wordily… is… we overlook mistakes, as writers, because we do it too! lol. My theory on language, is “Language is messy” it’s all about the intent… Welcome to writers’ anonymous. 😉

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  6. I’m always finding mistakes in my posts – but unless someone points them out to me, I figure no one else saw/cares about them. Now, when it comes to comments…I make mistakes in them all the time – and because they are on someone else’s blog, I want to correct them. Only WordPress won’t let me, and then I have to leave another comment to correct the first one, and then it’s all a big, big mess.

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    • Yes, I have seen you do the extra comment to correct here on my blog. I am the same way with my comments on other’s blogs as well – I read, reread and proof read before hitting the ‘Post Comment’ button. Thanks Sarah, and remember do not know worry about your comments here, I always appreciate your comments know matter. 🙂

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  7. I read my posts many times before hitting ‘publish’ and then almost always find at least one mistake. I wonder how many others I miss? Don’t fret. You’re doing a great job sharing your life’s ups and downs.

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  8. Terry, this happens to me too. It seems no matter how much I proof read, I often miss something. I am still finding mistakes in previous posts. And most of them are obvious! Our eyes do play tricks on us. It is frustrating, especially when you work hard to get it right. I would like to think writing from the heart makes it easier to miss such mistakes… it at least feels comforting! ; )

    In case you have never seen it, the following is the spelling checker poem:

    Candidate for a Pullet Surprise
    by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar

    I have a spelling checker,
    It came with my PC.
    It plane lee marks four my revue
    Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

    Eye ran this poem threw it,
    Your sure reel glad two no.
    Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
    My checker tolled me sew.

    A checker is a bless sing,
    It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
    It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
    And aides me when eye rime.

    Each frays come posed up on my screen
    Eye trussed too bee a joule.
    The checker pours o’er every word
    To cheque sum spelling rule.

    Bee fore a veiling checker’s
    Hour spelling mite decline,
    And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
    We wood bee maid too wine.

    Butt now bee cause my spelling
    Is checked with such grate flare,
    Their are know fault’s with in my cite,
    Of nun eye am a wear.

    Now spelling does knot phase me,
    It does knot bring a tier.
    My pay purrs awl due glad den
    With wrapped word’s fare as hear.

    To rite with care is quite a feet
    Of witch won should bee proud,
    And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
    Sew flaw’s are knot aloud.

    Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
    Such soft wear four pea seas,
    And why eye brake in two averse
    Buy righting want too pleas.

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  9. Oh, Terry! You made me laugh! I can relate so much! And believe me: it´s extra difficult when English isn´t your maternal language! 😉 I know I make so many mistakes and when I started blogging I was sometimes horrified at the thought what people might think when they read my posts or my comments. But then I realized, especially through my friendship with you, that it doesn’t really matter how I say it but what I say. 🙂 Although I appreciate correct spelling etc as much as anybody else might, I don´t give a damn about as long as the content is wonderful. 🙂 Have a happy day! xxx

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  10. It’s difficult to proofread your own work. I have doing an audit of my blog and making several changes. When I see a typo or a poorly structured sentence, I just cringe. I guess we all have these issues. 🙂

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  11. Your experience with school sounded somewhat like mine but only when I hit my junior and senior years…lost interest! After graduation I took adult classes for medical billing and coding, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology. Two years of Jr. college off and on. It was funny that for as lousy I was in high school….entrance exams to Jr. college put me right into college level basics. I was interested in computer science and office administration. A very long time ago now, but at least I was able to have some great employment experiences for many years. I have two guitars and a mandolin…neither of which would ever get me into a band! Lol!!! 🙂

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    • For my lack of knowledge due to not being interested in school, I did end up with some great jobs as an adult. I ended up doing well even though I never went to collage. Thanks for reading and commenting Sandra, I appreciate you reading my posts. 🙂

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      • Yes, so many interesting interests to read on your blog! I will need to go back several times, and your an excellent writer. Sometimes school is not for everyone, and I think in our generation…we were all lucky in finding decent living employment. My first job came around at 15 in a flower shop which I held for 3 years…then onto other things and married at 18…divorced and on my own. I love my life and my interests in so many different areas. I worry about this generation and it will be a must that higher education is necessary for good pay and living expenses. Have a wonderful, wonderful day 🙂

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