Some Funny Typos

Happy New Year!

I’ve been editing today and found a couple of quick tips – and a few very funny ones – to share with y’all.

1) As seen in the tornado chart, water saturation has the most minimal effect on the estimated overall recovery. I would change “most minimal effect” to “least effect.” Most implies large, minimal implies small, most minimal means “largest small,” and that’s confusing. Least is simpler.

2) The tool became stuck during acquiring log data. I prefer either of the following two options:

–       The tool became stuck while acquiring log data.

–       The tool became stuck during log data acquisition.

“While” can be followed by a verb like “acquiring,” but “during” is a preposition that takes a noun after it. Although “acquiring” can be a gerund (verb present participle used as a noun), “acquisition” is the noun that means “the act of acquiring.”

And here are three funny ones:
1) 19 p.m. – What kind of newfangled clock do they have over there? Perhaps they meant 1900 hours, or 7:00 p.m., but there is no such thing as 19 p.m. (although some days it seems like you’re at work that long.)

2) The rig is currently drilling the 12.25′ hole. – Boy, that’s one big, honkin’ drillbit! Surely they meant 12.25″ hole. If they meant only 12.25 ft deep, well, you don’t need a rig for that, maybe just a shovel.

3) Reservoir characterization is the coroner stone of reservoir management. I nearly died laughing at that one! Does this mean reservoir characterization is dead? Stone dead and sent to the morgue? I’m sure they meant cornerstone, which is a single, compound word meaning foundation.

Sometimes I think y’all throw those zingers in there on purpose just to keep me from falling asleep reading technical papers after a big lunch. Or maybe you’re just trying to cheer me up by making me laugh. Either way, I just had to share these with the Peanut Gallery.
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Quote of the Day
“Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.”

– Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, CEO of Mary Kay Cosmetics, 1918-2001

One Response to “Some Funny Typos”

  1. Louden Stoller Says:

    Great tip, this is a new one for me.

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