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Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:16:39 PM »
Last year sometime, I started second guessing myself on "had sat." For some reason, every time I read it now, my brain wants to rewrite it in my head as "had sitten."

Of course, when I write it down (or type it as the case may be), it's entirely obvious it's WRONG. I don't even question it. But in my head, it's just there.

And I have no idea where it came from.

Anyone else have any weird things like this that have just popped up and you can't explain why it's suddenly there all the time, ready to pounce when you start writing?

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 06:31:24 PM »
maybe you picked it on 'on the dock of the bay'?  :P
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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 06:34:40 PM »
maybe you picked it on 'on the dock of the bay'?  :P
:D ;D HAHA!!

I find when editing that I begin to question everything, even things I knew.

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 06:58:16 PM »
:D ;D HAHA!!

I find when editing that I begin to question everything, even things I knew.
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Oops I typed "on 'on...'". Meant "up on" of course. The basic idea was there at least.
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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 07:00:58 PM »
When a kitten gets bitten, it hurts to be sitten even upon a mitten, but don't think about quitten because you're Batman!

Oops.  Sorry.  Wrong thread.

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 07:07:12 PM »
maybe you picked it on 'on the dock of the bay'?  :P


Dang it! You beat me to it.  ;D

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2017, 07:11:55 PM »
Anyone else have any weird things like this that have just popped up and you can't explain why it's suddenly there all the time, ready to pounce when you start writing?

This isn't quite the same as your issue, but I can't type the word "love" without adding an "r" to the end. My fingers are totally independent of my brain when it comes to this. Fortunately, I'm usually aware of it as soon as I hit the r and backspace, because spell check isn't going to pick that up. I run my books through Grammarly before they go to my editor, and I usually catch any others there.

The scary part of this is that the phenomena isn't limited to my fiction. I could be typing out anything--like a condolence email to a friend--and yep, I'll type lover instead of love.   :o   

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2017, 09:42:41 PM »
When a kitten gets bitten, it hurts to be sitten even upon a mitten, but don't think about quitten because you're Batman!

Oops.  Sorry.  Wrong thread.

Gee, Dan!  Just can't take you anywhere - not even on a dock by the bay.

Lynn, I hear ya!  The longer I write/edit, the more I start questioning things I absolutely know.  I call it old-timers.

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 09:51:34 PM »
Gee, Dan!  Just can't take you anywhere - not even on a dock by the bay.

That's okay.  I'm used to going places alone.  Although, sometimes, when I go into the basement, I make a cat or dog come with me.  You know, just in case.

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 01:49:07 AM »
This isn't quite the same as your issue, but I can't type the word "love" without adding an "r" to the end. My fingers are totally independent of my brain when it comes to this. Fortunately, I'm usually aware of it as soon as I hit the r and backspace, because spell check isn't going to pick that up. I run my books through Grammarly before they go to my editor, and I usually catch any others there.

The scary part of this is that the phenomena isn't limited to my fiction. I could be typing out anything--like a condolence email to a friend--and yep, I'll type lover instead of love.   :o   

Maybe spell check is working against you. I sometimes type a word that suddenly changes on the screen. I put it down to spell check thinking it knows better than I do  ::).

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 05:40:52 AM »
My personal nemesis is typing 'busty' when I'm trying to say 'busy.'

Makes for some... interesting bloopers.

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 06:38:40 AM »
I have a c/s and a b/d confusion. Not sure when it started, but writing or typing my fingers often substitute one for the other even though my head knows the correct spelling. Odd.


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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 08:41:20 AM »
:D ;D HAHA!!

I find when editing that I begin to question everything, even things I knew.

Yes! It's a reading issue really. When I'm typing, I type the right word, but then I reread the sentence and whoa, everything sounds wrong and I'm sitting there thinking... sitten, sat? Which is it?

My brain is mush at this point. I just have to trust my fingers and let it go.

maybe you picked it on 'on the dock of the bay'?  :P


LOL. It probably is a pronunciation thing. "Sitting" around here sure does sound an awful lot like sitten. :)

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2017, 08:42:50 AM »
My personal nemesis is typing 'busty' when I'm trying to say 'busy.'

Makes for some... interesting bloopers.

I sympathize. I have a freudian tendency to mess up clock, chock, and plenty of other words that should not be written without all their letters. :D

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2017, 08:45:32 AM »
When a kitten gets bitten, it hurts to be sitten even upon a mitten, but don't think about quitten because you're Batman!

Oops.  Sorry.  Wrong thread.

Cotton or polyester? There's only one right answer.


This isn't quite the same as your issue, but I can't type the word "love" without adding an "r" to the end. My fingers are totally independent of my brain when it comes to this. Fortunately, I'm usually aware of it as soon as I hit the r and backspace, because spell check isn't going to pick that up. I run my books through Grammarly before they go to my editor, and I usually catch any others there.

The scary part of this is that the phenomena isn't limited to my fiction. I could be typing out anything--like a condolence email to a friend--and yep, I'll type lover instead of love.   :o   

I don't do that thank goodness! That would be a pain come editing time. :)


Lynn, I hear ya!  The longer I write/edit, the more I start questioning things I absolutely know.  I call it old-timers.

100% agreed!!!

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2017, 08:56:58 AM »
"Laid" and all its variations kill me.

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2017, 11:42:04 AM »
I can't type out 'flu' without putting an 'e' on the end. Very problematic because my 'Souls' series has a subplot about the Spanish Flue... FLU! FLU! FLU!

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2017, 03:35:20 PM »
"Laid" and all its variations kill me.

@Lynn Is A Pseudonym - I wonder what Freud would say about that?  :o
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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2017, 03:46:22 PM »
Sometimes, in talking, I say boughten. Why, I've no idea. I grew up in a house in which proper grammar was spoken (more or less). The only egregious twisted verb I'm exposed to with any regularity is "seen" (I seen you was at Walmart yesterday). Seriously - I buy, I bought, I have purchased LOL

I want to bang my head on the wall when it happens. (Thankfully, I've never typed it beyond this post)

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2017, 05:02:18 PM »
I know what you mean. Sometimes when I mean to type something like, "He had forgotted what he had for lunch yesterday," I sometimes slip up and type "forgotten."

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2017, 05:43:03 PM »
I know what you mean. Sometimes when I mean to type something like, "He had forgotted what he had for lunch yesterday," I sometimes slip up and type "forgotten."

LOL are you serious or being evil?! :D

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« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2017, 07:18:32 PM »
LOL are you serious or being evil?! :D
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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2017, 03:54:12 AM »
Hopefully not the same place as those writers who keep writing "he was sat on" whatever surface. I swear, I must have read eight or nine books in a row, and all of them used that phrase. More than once.

Me? I have developed dyslexic fingers. I'm constantly putting letters in the wrong position, like typing "asme" for "same". It's making me crazy. I get in the zone, and the words are flowing, and the typos keep getting worse. I'm making myself slow down to type this post because I don't feel like correcting every other word. :(
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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2017, 05:38:46 AM »
I don't know, maybe some people use sitten and you were talking to one of them and it stuck? I've certainly met people who come out with some odd (to me) sounding past tenses, like bet for the simple past of to beat was an example that struck me recently.

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Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2017, 05:45:49 AM »
Maybe you are just smitten by sitten  :P

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