Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Doctor's Girl--Discussion Thread

'How's your calcium intake?'
The description of Dr. Fforde's waiting room 'all restful greys and blues, and with one or two charming flower paintings on the walls. Betty Debbie claims to have never personally seen 'charming flower paintings' on waiting room walls - or anything else charming...The doctor I visit most often is the OB/GYN and they have fairly inoffensive artwork there--pictures of babies in the office itself and out in the lobby there are those 'so large you can't tell what it is' pictures of flowers--for whatever reason 'flowers' seems to say 'Congratulations on that bun in the oven', 'We're sorry about those infertility issues' and 'Lump?  Let's get that checked out.' all at the same time.
The Cone of Shame

Dr. Fforde has a dog with both back legs in plaster (they name the dog Bob) sounds potentially smelly and very unhygienic.  I was hoping that they'd rig him up one of those doggy wheelchairs (which are both adorable and look like harness racing for dogs) but since they didn't you have to wonder how they managed the call of Nature and you have to assume that he had to wear one of those face-cones to keep them from chewing.  To sum up: Dr. Fforde is a good, good man.

Betty Debbie says that her copy has a mistake.  "'Loveday was an ice child'.  Ice child?  think it was supposed to read 'Loveday was a nice child'....both are grammatically correct so evidently someone looked at it..."  Sometimes when I am really annoyed by things like this I get an eraser out and lightly brush the offending letters out and pencil them in correctly.  Wow.  That sounds retentive.


  1. Don't look at me, Betty Debbie--I've been known to hand back in corrected menus to the waiter. (Prof. van der Hertenzoon is sooo proud....)

  2. I sometimes notice typos in menus and other documents, but even after Betty Ross (a professional proofreader) has missed a typo or two in my own work, I'm much, much less judgmental.

    I saw the "ice child" typo -- I started to think what an ice child would be like. Sad, to be sure.

  3. My son (who works as a night dispatcher for the ambulance service) was trained as a printer. After not working in the field for nearly 10 years, he still looks at a document and immediately notices all sorts of kerning and other printing issues. Multiple fonts on a page (more than 2) drive him batty, as do multiple font sizes. His spelling is pretty much awful so those would go right by him. He wouldn't even look beyond things a SpellChecker would find - Perhaps the printer at Harlequin is like Jason?