Mighty Red Pen

August 1, 2007

Eek! It’s a typo!

Filed under: Overseen,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 5:57 pm

This typo which passed by my desk the other day made me chuckle:

Where subsistence farmers are doing their best to eek out an existence next to a thriving gold mine, water often becomes a critical problem.

Okay, here’s the deal. When you mean “to get something with great difficulty,” the word is eke. When you mean, “oh dear, it’s a little grey mouse scampering across my floor,” that’s when you use eek!

Followed by, “Where’s my broom? And where’s the darned cat when you really need him?!” and “Get that thing out of here!”

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