Archive for December, 2011

There’s been much cause for celebration in my family lately. My clever sister has just completed her Masters, and her husband has closed (slammed shut?) his Accounting text books for the last time now exams are over.  Of course, plenty of bubbles have been consumed at every opportunity over the last month to celebrate each milestone (handing in of thesis, last exam, getting thesis grade, random sunny Wednesday… etc) – but the opportunity to mark these special occasions in letterpress land could not be overlooked.

The ‘Yipee’ card has been on my radar for a while, and I finally printed a batch last weekend, to present to my sister and brother-in-law as ‘official’ congratulations and recognition of their achievements.

I was feeling quite proud of myself on the day of printing, as things had been going relatively smoothly with the wooden Gill Sans bold typeface I was using for the first time. As much as I adore the characteristics of printing with wood, some of my previous dabbling with other typefaces has been met with extreme frustration. The type is well used, and not always in the best condition – of greatest frustration is the slight variations of the type-height which requires a lot of ‘make ready’ to achieve even inking and impression.

Anyhow – back to the point – things were going smoothly, and I was happy with the effect of orange over-printed on yellow ink, and the heightened sense of texture exacerbated by the paper’s roughness.

When I excitedly presented the results of my labour to T when he arrived home after my printing session, the first thing he said is ‘Isn’t there two Ps in yippee?’. Crap. Probably. I’m not very good at spelling. And it’s not a word I write often. When I surveyed others as to how they would spell it, results were mixed between 1 and 2 Ps (happily the intended recipients of card responded with ‘1 P’ answers).  Alas, the Oxford dictionary has officially confirmed my mistake – I’m not sure I can even get away with the ‘Don’t they spell it like that in America?’ argument.

Oh well – I think the image of the card and the intent of the message is not lost, and I wonder just how many people would even notice if I hadn’t just written a whole blog post about a spelling mistake?




PS: Despite my poor spelling record, I still usually beat T at Scrabble!

PPS: Niether yipee nor yippee appear to be in the WordPress dictionary – when I was editing this post the closest suggestion was ‘yuppie’


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