There's nothing like reading something I've written, only to groan in embarrassment. The groans grow louder when a critique partner discovers a blooper. Believe me, there's nothing worse than having an editor run across dumb mistakes.
Things that sound perfectly fine in everyday conversation come across differently in print.
EX: How do you pick up an elephant with one hand?
My husband immediately concocted a solution whereby the handler walks an elephant into an industrial elevator and pushes the button with one hand. Voila'!
Yes, BUT you see, the way it's phrased, the elephant supposedly has one hand! Whoops.
A local plumbing company has a radio ad. A woman whines, "Why can't anyone tell me how much it costs to clear my drain over the phone?"
Um.... They can't clear a drain over the phone. No wonder they can't quote a price!
Tracie once read, "She went to the kitchen cupboard to get an aspirin for her headache she kept there."
I don't know about you, but I keep food and dishes in my cupboards---not headaches!
Yet as I write, I sometimes use wrong word order to my advantage. Foreign languages employ different word order and the result can raise brows.
EX: My German heroine tells the hero, "Throw my horse over the fence some oats."
EX: Terror gripped Frieda. "Lord, please keep me safe. I need your help, God." She heard him coming. His boots rang out on the wooden planks..."
Hmmm. God wears cowboy boots!
So have you written, read, or heard a good Whoops! recently?