Only if you've finished it *SPOILERS*

Discussion in 'Mr. Mercedes' started by Chazel1972, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. carrie's younger brother
    Offline

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    If that is the case... uh oh! :waaaht:
  2. morgan
    Offline

    morgan Well-Known Member

    Both places were lowbrow and preying on people's desperation, but in different ways. The job fair was created for the despondent and unemployed trying to provide for their families and the ultra-private website was designed for people who would do anything to maintain their anonymity. Just thoughts...
    raggedyman79, arista, GNTLGNT and 6 others like this.
  3. SharonC
    Offline

    SharonC Well-Known Member

    When my dad was alive, he always pronounced K-Mart as K-Mark. Another friend used to say "Cripsy" for crispy. Just a quirk, I thought. Some people simply mis-pronounce certain things. As to the spelling of guaranteed, simply bad proofreading. I didn't even notice it myself.
    arista, GNTLGNT, Autumn Gust and 2 others like this.
  4. cat in a bag
    Offline

    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    Yes! Thank you, quirk is a much better word choice than my use of character flaw. :biggrin2: That's what it seems to be, just one of his quirks.
    arista, fljoe0, GNTLGNT and 2 others like this.
  5. Sigmund
    Offline

    Sigmund Well-Known Member

    Hi.

    About "perk" rather than "perp". On page 36 Hodges sees Mr. Mercedes has used "perk"

    "Because, for all his writing skill, Mr Mercedes thinks the word for criminal doer is perk."

    He then goes on to explain how he, Hodges, used to think the guy throwing the ball in a baseball game, the thing you pour water out of and the framed objects used to decorate were all spelled the same. ( Pitcher, pitcher and PICTURE.)

    (When I was young I couldn't hear the difference between sh and ch so you might hear me say I chared my candy while sitting on the shairs. Ha!)

    Peace.
    BeverleyMarsh, arista, fljoe0 and 5 others like this.
  6. Moderator
    Offline

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Well, turns out I was right about thinking the editors thought it was intentional so didn't point it out. I asked Steve yesterday and he didn't realize it hadn't been caught with Spellcheck and confessed it's one of those words that he often spells wrong. I've been in touch with his editors at Scribner and it will most likely be fixed in future printings but possibly not until the paperback is released. Color all of us embarrassed! :smile:
  7. doowopgirl
    Offline

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I actually thought it was just one of those things that was a fault Mr. Mercedes and intentional. I wouldn't change a thing.
    arista, fljoe0, cat in a bag and 7 others like this.
  8. danie
    Offline

    danie AKA danie

    "...one of those words he often spells wrong." That's so cute. I don't know why; it just is. I'll never look at the word guaranteed the same again.:apthy:
  9. GNTLGNT
    Offline

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ....please do not hurl things in my general direction, but this story rolled for me as if King were writing a Koontz tale....and I mean that as a compliment....I love both writers whole-heartedly...the plotting seemed Koontzian, but the writing was all Steve....it was a hell of a good read and one that I didn't have to over-think to get anything out of it...I just jumped in the saddle and held on...
    BeverleyMarsh, arista, fljoe0 and 5 others like this.
  10. carrie's younger brother
    Offline

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Very interesting! I'll give you my mailing address Ms. Mod so SK can send me a check for proofreading services rendered. ;)

    Obvioulsy I am just kidding. I am a copywriter/proofreader by trade though and this really stuck out at me from the start. :D
    arista, fljoe0, cat in a bag and 3 others like this.
  11. l.a.link
    Offline

    l.a.link Well-Known Member

    *Geeks out like Calvin Tower.

    I have a book with typos!!! I have a book with typos!!!


    ok GNTLGNT if you don't want things hurled in your general direction, ill just have to put these chocolate and lead chip cookies back on the kitchen counter.
  12. Chazel1972
    Offline

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    The term for doing that kind of mis-pronunciation is called using a spoonerism. My little contribution .
  13. GNTLGNT
    Offline

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...well now, let's not be hasty...
    arista, cat in a bag and Autumn Gust like this.
  14. l.a.link
    Offline

    l.a.link Well-Known Member

    :m_turbo: Hurls cookies in GNTLGNT general direction.

    You all may now return to your regular discussion.
  15. GNTLGNT
    Offline

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...thank yew, thank yew veddy mooch....
    arista, cat in a bag and Autumn Gust like this.
  16. skimom2
    Offline

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    That really made me laugh! Understandable, though-I will never learn to spell 'publicly' or 'necessary' right the first time.

    BTW, it's misspelled in 11/22/63, too--I just passed it and laughed again (lol). We're all human *smiley*
  17. carrie's younger brother
    Offline

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    A spoonerism is more a play on words, like "The Lord is a shoving leopard" instead of "The Lord is a loving shepherd". It occurs when two consonants or sounds are switched. Saying K-Mark for K-Mart is more of a malapropism, which is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, often humorous utterance.
    arista, cat in a bag, danie and 2 others like this.
  18. skimom2
    Offline

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Hey! Me first! I questioned it right at the beginning of the thread! (haha!)
  19. carrie's younger brother
    Offline

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    But I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago when the UDBU site was linked in the letter to Hodges! And at that point Ms. Mod had gotten back to me to tell me it was exactly as it was in the book. ;;D

    Ok, I'll share the check with you!

    btw... I once "lost" a $1million check for SK.
  20. skimom2
    Offline

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    HAha! Deal!
    cat in a bag, Autumn Gust and GNTLGNT like this.

Share This Page

Faithful Deluxe Special Editions