The most informative sections of our local newspaper are the District Court record and the obituaries. When you live in a small community it is important to know who died and who got convicted of what.
Yesterday I was hastily scanning an obituary of an 86 year old farm wife from a tiny village south of our town when I ran across this sentence: “Lorraine loved doing the polka with Christ.” That sure stopped me in my reading! What a wonderful image! I never knew Jesus did the polka. I wondered if he did the Fox Trot and the Lindy, too. More careful scrutiny of the obituary reveled that her husband’s name was Christ, as in Christoph, and it was he with whom she loved to polka. I was sort of disappointed, but it sure brightened my day.
When have you misread or misheard something? What are some funny misprints you have read lately. What is your experience with the polka?