Jim Krumel: Yes, a thorn for none other than Jim Krumel

By Jim Krumel - jkrumel@civitasmedia.com

Jim Krumel

Jim Krumel

Gosh, I’m glad I’m not back in the fourth grade.

If Sister Joel would have read my column last week, it would have meant a trip to the blackboard, where I would have been handed a piece of chalk and told to write 100 times …

Have seen. They saw…

Have seen. They saw…

Have seen. They saw…

And when I was done, she would have instructed me to erase it and start over again.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I had a little grammatical error in last week’s column. Well, maybe not so little. As a woman who called was quick to point out, “Ya didn’t even get a full sentence written before ya screwed up.”

She didn’t say, “ya big dummy,” but it was certainly implied.

My transgression: I started the column with a true Dizzy Dean moment by writing, “You may have saw …”


I wasn’t aware of the blunder until lunch that day with the Rotary Club. That’s when Dick Schroeder said those five words that editors hate to hear: “Do you guys have proofreaders?” By the time I got back to the office, the red light was blinking on the phone and emails were filling my “inbox.”

There was the woman who told me I was the topic of her morning coffee klatch. A guy from the Lima Refinery called to say “even Homer Simpson knows you don’t say ‘have saw.’” A former Lima resident even called from Texas to correct me.

Properly shamed, I couldn’t help but think how some of my former co-workers would have reacted if they were still here.

Diane Pacetti, the Gestapo of grammarians, would have shrieked from the other side of the wall, “Jiiim Krummmmel!” The always polite Karen Jantzi would have given it her signature, “Oh, my,” while Mike Lackey would have simply shaken his head.

And then there’s my sister-in-law, the award-winning English teacher. Well, let’s not even go there.

While we’re having a confession here, the truth is I’ve sinned before. I’ve had this problem with saw and seen for years. The same goes for affect and effect. They’re kryptonite to me.

As to the question about proofreaders: Yes, a very good person proofs my column and I would hate to guess all the embarrassments he’s saved me through the years. But unlike years ago when the sole job of a person proofing pages was to only check copy; in today’s age of multitasking, that role is handled by an editor who is writing headlines, checking photos, monitoring scanner traffic, fixing computer problems, watching the news wire … virtually doing everything but sweeping the floor (not that we want to give any corporate-type a new idea).

But as an old coach used to tell us, “I don’t want excuses, I want results.”

That’s understood. So, it’s back to the blackboard …

Have seen. They saw …

Have seen. They saw …

Have seen. They saw …

ROSES AND THORNS: A voice of encouragement is heard coming from the rose garden.

Rose: To Donald Miller, a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lima. He is a mouth cancer survivor and uses pen and paper as well as a computer-generated voice to communicate. He is a greeter for Sunday Mass and encourages those around him by showing them how to deal with challenges.

Rose: Nearly half the churches in Putnam County, 22 in all, have signed up to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Leipsic.

Rose: To Ronald Lora, of Bluffton, who this week will receive the 2016 Distinguished Historian award from the Ohio Academy of History.

Thorn: To your’s truly, Jim Krumel, for his grammar gaffe.

PARTING SHOT: If it’s true we’re here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

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Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

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