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when editing goes terribly wrong

when editing goes terribly wrong

August 14, 2007

I have my post up over at Parenting today. They have never really edited anything before, aside from the errant typo or egregious grammatical error. At least nothing I have noticed.

But this morning I went to look at my post and noticed this time they did edit an entire paragraph. And I can’t stop laughing.

The post is about things I didn’t know before becoming a parent. This is what it was supposed to say:

I didn’t know that it would be possible to spend half an hour in the shower and then come out just as dirty as you went in. Or to wash your hair but have the entire top and back half of your hair still be dry. That’s a skill, people.

Instead it says this:

I didn’t know that it would be possible to spend half an hour in the shower and then come out just as dirty as I went in. Or to wash my hair but have the entire top and back half of my hair still be dry. That’s a skill, people.

I know I might not shower as regularly as I did before I had children, I rest assured I can do it properly.

Posted by Chris @ 9:43 am  

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  1. cheryl says:

    wth - was it edited in India?

  2. Misty says:

    Suuuuure! ;)

    How funny!

  3. Estee says:

    LOL! I am having flashbacks of high school English. “Don’t assume that you know your reader and never ever use the passive ‘you’!” I wasn’t aware that bizarre English rules applied to blogs, did you? Especially when those reading your blog CAN relate and know exactly what you are talking about!

  4. Nancy says:

    Nice, that’s some quality work there. ;o)

  5. Susi says:

    Sadly, the edited version describes the first few months of new motherhood for me. Love this blog, Chris.

  6. M says:

    LMAO! Did they read before editing? Obviously not…

  7. bluepaintred says:

    now thats funny!

  8. kalisah says:

    That’s hilarious. These people know nothing about you or your life, do they?

  9. whoorl says:


  10. Heather B. says:

    Just wow.

    (P.S. I emailed you, woman.)

  11. Joanne says:

    LOL. Love editors.

  12. Heather says:

    my eight year old boy is like that. but it’s a dirty neck he’s always walking around with. arg.

  13. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    I can’t believe they edited it without letting it pass your eyes before posting!

  14. Courtney says:

    Oh my goodness - did they REALLY think you meant yourself? Geesh! I guess you needed to be more specific; “I didn’t know that it would be possible FOR A BOY…”

  15. Tal says:

    I just looked and now it reads like you originally wrote it…hmmm! (For the recor, I like your way much better). Made me laugh.

  16. Susan says:

    Oh, good Lord!

  17. Jenn says:

    Reading about your parenting choices doesn’t make me feel superior to you. It makes me say “Oh, thank God, it’s not just me!”

  18. kate says:

    that is really funny! Did they change it back to the way you had it?

  19. Moose says:

    Can you only get away with that if you have kids?

  20. Kerry says:

    Might I suggest that you stand UNDER the stream of water in the future?!?!

  21. Not The Mama says:

    LOL! That’s a heck of an editing job. That is hilarious!

  22. KathyB says:

    They do realize this is a “parenting” magazine and you might just be talking about your children, right? That is hilarious that they would even change that without calling/emailing. Now for those who don’t read this blog or are familiar with you, they think that you have a gang of children, blog a lot AND stink…awesome ;)

  23. Jess says:

    LMAO oh thanks for the laugh. Maybe you should comment to clear it up that the paragraph was in reference to your children not yourself.

  24. maria says:

    clearly not edited by a parent - I knew exactly what you meant. My son insists on taking a shower every morning - but manages to come out w/dry hair and a crusty face. His back however is always quite clean. Too funny!

  25. Rae says:

    That’s hilarious. They were schooling you on your grammer :)

  26. Redneck Mommy says:


    Love the editing.

    I thought you looked a little askew when we met…


  27. Shannon says:

    Totally unrelated, but I thought of you today.
    I was buying 7 jars of Ragu at CVS because they were on sale plus you got rewards bucks back.
    The woman looked at my jars and said, “Are you having a party?”

    Yes. But certainly not as fun as a cereal party would be.

  28. fidget says:

    bwhahahahhahah OOPS!!

  29. Manic Mommy says:

    Maybe you can shift Miles away from “shut up” and onto “clean up”.

    Too funny!

  30. OMSH says:

    bwahahahaha I just want to say that when I read articles that constantly refer to myself I have to wonder if I can relate at all to what I am saying.

    geez louise.

  31. carrie says:

    I liked the first version better!

  32. Allanna says:

    I was wondering if it was supposed to be like that when I was reading it this morning.
    I just thought to myself, “Maybe she’s putting herself in her kids’ shoes? That’s really … empathetic. Hmm.”

    I didn’t think that you were *that* innovative as far as showering went. … Well, I figured that you’d definitely WANT all of your hair washed. ^_^ I know I sure would!

  33. Heather says:

    HAHAHAHA! I would love to know what the person editing it was thinking! ” What the heck, doesnt this woman know how to freakin shower??” ;)

  34. Beth says:

    Jeez, I think maybe Cheryl just crossed a line. :-/

    Anyway, it looks like the post was restored and all is well. Go, Erma — I mean, Chris! ;^)

  35. Busy Mom says:

    Oh, good gawd…but, now we’re onto you.

  36. qtpies7 says:

    I did not read the article, just what you put here, and I definately read that it was you, not the kids, but that you meant moms, not just you. LOL But I would not have changed your words if I were editing.
    I also haven’t had a full nights sleep (as full as it gets with a nursing baby in your bed) in 4 nights, and I’m sick, and I’m moving my in-laws to our town, and a whole bunch of other stuff, like screaming at the electric company for cutting off our power by mistake this morning….

  37. Kaia says:

    hi nice post, i enjoyed it