Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership

Errata Poem

Joseph Spence Sr Avatar  Send Soup Mail  Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled Errata Poem which was written by poet Joseph Spence Sr. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

Read Poems by Joseph Spence Sr

Best Joseph Spence Sr Poems

+ Fav Poet

Errata Poem

"A person's tongue is a twisty thing, 
     there are plenty of words there of every kind, 
         and the range of words is wide, and their variation." 
               -- HOMER, The Iliad

When I say ice cream read I scream
When I say phonology read phone allergy
When I say insinuate read in sin you ate
When I say four candles read fork handles

When I say mint spy read mince pie
When I say greénhouse read green hoúse
When I say bláckboard read black boárd
When I say mesher read measure

When I say Alpine read alpine
When I say vowels read dishtowels
When I say Homophone read home on phone
When I say Polish read polish

When I say sonorant son of ant
When I say i.c.u. read I see you
When I say Lent read lent
When I say Turkey read turkey

When I say euthanasia read youth in Asia
When I say depreciate read deprecate
When I say farther read further
When I say collision read collusion

When I say endocentric read exocentric
When I say pharynx read larynx
When I say thought read though
When I say phonemic read phonetic

When I say weather read whether
When I say China read china
When I say call on phones read allophones
When I say stuffy nose read stuff he knows

© Joseph, 10/4/08
© All Rights Reserved

Comments:  The Errata poem is based on mistake in speech or speaking, a Freudian slip,
mispronounced words, homophonic pronunciation, etc. Paul Muldoon from Ireland, and 
Charles Simic from Yugoslavia wrote Errata poems based on this definition.  The Errata poem 
is a Linguists paradise.


Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.


Copyright © Joseph Spence Sr

Post Comments

Please Login to post a comment
  1. Date: 5/23/2009 8:25:00 PM
    This poem rocks, I mean, it is so cleverly done, the way words and pronunctiation are brought up into this playful representation of daily life speeche....@.@ dude, loved it!!! Thanks a lot for the experience!!!=D=D=D=D

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 8:21:00 PM
    Excellent write and very clever!!!! -Alley

  1. Date: 12/31/2008 1:52:00 AM
    when I say this is so cool- I mean it!!

  1. Date: 10/23/2008 4:15:00 PM
    Very ingenious of you I like the way this flows

  1. Date: 10/18/2008 12:57:00 PM
    Very clever, Joseph. After reading this witty poem, I started to think of more twisty things to add to this inviting list! Hoping all is well with you. Peace always and have a great weekend, John

  1. Date: 10/18/2008 11:09:00 AM
    So cute and clever! A fun one to read! :) Carrie P.S. I hope you are feeling much better!!

  1. Date: 10/12/2008 5:27:00 AM
    So many words the same with so many different meanings...cute. thank you Diana great write

  1. Date: 10/11/2008 8:09:00 AM
    Made me smile and chuckle. So very clever. How are you doing? Better I hope. Love Heidie

  1. Date: 10/10/2008 12:10:00 PM
    This is so unique and cute.It really makes one's imagination take flight. Excellent. Love Meg.

  1. Date: 10/8/2008 3:28:00 PM
    this is all too true, a girl was recently hired at my job and she asked me to say coffee ans ice, then she said cawfee and eyes and I said what was that for she said I knew you weren't from here I laughed and I said oh I see, word pronounciation is very different even in the same cultures, nice write phonetically speaking, LOL thanks for your comments, take care D-nyce

  1. Date: 10/7/2008 12:57:00 PM
    Joseph you are to funny what a great fun filled clever write I enjoyed it! Laura :)

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 6:46:00 PM
    What a fun poem! I love reading and learning different types of poems, that are challenging and broaden the mind. Your generous comments on my first ever sonnet are gracious and welcomed. Thank you! ~Trudy~

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 10:58:00 AM
    yes a good tongue twister say it real fast and you see . a great write didn't know that. what a errata poem was, never heard of it before. thank you for reading my poem and for your comment

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 9:27:00 AM
    Joseph , a most unusual presentation and entertaining twist to " everyday phrases "...

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 8:34:00 AM
    Joseph, this the most funniest and beautiful thing that i have ever come across. marvelous piece of writing. thanks for sharing. your this piece is truly unique

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 7:50:00 AM
    For some reason Joseph, I read this with a hip hop beat... lol However, it stands true to form that a little freudian slip can make a diffrence in the words we speak, I truly enjoyed the read thank you for sharing the errata form. God's Love and Many Blessings, always, Adell

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 6:57:00 AM
    Oh well...I make mint spy turnovers at Christmas..some prefer you'll logs. Anyhow, if dishtowels were vowels, and vowels are action words, would the dishes dry themselves? Very original piece, Joseph.:) I just got my morning smile running...can they, run I mean? Best to you and yours, Joseph. God bless!! Love ya, Mikki

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 5:59:00 AM
    Absolutely fascinating idea for poetry! Love reading this and the twisting of words - of course it is endless with the English language! Very creative and fun to read! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 10/5/2008 11:58:00 PM
    I loved reading this. It always amazes me how the English language can manage with so many words sounding similar or well, like you're poem really. Thanks for posting and making us smile whilst also making us think at least subconsciously about the English language.

  1. Date: 10/5/2008 11:48:00 PM
    Nice one Joseph. Its true, we don't really realise how many words could be misconstrued!!! Well done Peace Fathima