Okay, I confess it. I am not the world's best typist. In the days of the old typewriters I was hopeless. Even when the powerball was invented, I wasn't too hot. Then came computers and--hooray--for the first time I could type as fast as I could think. It changed my world.
However, typing this fast does sometimes lead to mistakes, which are not always picked up when I read through, and then somehow overlooked by my copy-editors, and proof-readers. One of these was pointed out to me yesterday by the actress who is reading the Royal Spyness books. In the book Royal Flush I have a character called Hugo Beasley-Bottome. I know it's a silly name, but the sort of name one does find among the English aristocracy. (I went to school with a Joan Fairbottom) Anyway, once in the book I refer to him as "Huge Beastly-Bottome." My reader wanted to know if this was correct and I was being funny.
Not at all. Just a bad typist accompanied by sloppy proof readers.
And today I've just made another howler, only I caught this one on a read-through. I wanted to write, "She shook her fist at him."
Instead I wrote, "She shook her fish at him."
I could see all my readers puzzled over where this lady managed to find a fish in a drawing room.
It's not my fault. My hands have a life of their own. They sometimes type words I don't want them to type. It's rather like my car having a mind of its own and taking me to a familiar site when I am really headed in the opposite direction.
So fellow writers, have you ever made a really funny typing error that was not picked up? And readers--have you ever come across anything worse that Huge Beastly-Bottome?