I am one of those people who find spelling and grammar errors in other people’s writing. I try not to be too critical of other people’s writing. I know it’s easy to have typos and sometimes when people are just typing a quick note, they don’t feel the need to edit for proper word usage.
But my new pet peeve is VIOLA! (pronounced vee-oh-luh) Come on people, a viola is a stringed instrument that is slightly larger than a violin. The interjection used to express satisfaction is spelled VOILA! (pronounced vwa-lah). I have seen this mistake recently in several e-mails, but yesterday I saw it in our local newspaper! It’s not a major newspaper, but we are the 4th largest city in North Carolina. I would have expected someone to catch it.
But serve rice and beans together and — viola! — you have a complete protein, a dish that contains all of the essential amino acids.
Has anybody else noticed this mistake? Maybe I’m just being too picky.
By Kristen H.