The next day, I called the caterer and asked what had happened with the lipstick problem. He laughed and told me, “Oh, no problem. We used Wite-Out on the lipstick, and everything worked out just fine! I always have a box of it in the office for situations like that!”
Those of us who do crossword puzzles every day regardless of difficulty, on paper and always in ink, occasionally need Wite-Out to provide a clean slate when the puzzle gets too messy. The varieties of Wite-Out and Liquid Paper have shrunk in recent years, unfortunately, making it harder to find the right kind for one’s preferred sort of ink, and the ubiquitous foam wedges are less reliable than the brushes used to be.
I use a bottle of Wite-Out to cover nicks on anything colored white: walls, refrigerator doors, the oven, tile, etc.
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
We have white tile floors on one level of our house. Some have chipped over the years. Wite-Out covers those marks very well, but needs to be reapplied once a year.
Your recent online piece about the (somewhat surprising) persistence of Wite-Out sales in our increasingly paperless world overlooks one of its more potent, if less prescribed, uses. Namely, the once common practice among youth of “sniffing” and “huffing.”
Robert C. Insull
I was a secretary for many decades, so Wite-Out and I have had a very personal relationship. Now that I am retired and communicate on a computer, I use it to touch up the little nicks and dents on my floorboards and doors. (Yes, I am a teeny bit OCD. Yes, I have purchased it just for this purpose.) On the more conventional side, it’s also useful for covering up wide swaths of canceled and rescheduled appointments on my calendar, or correcting checkbook-ledger errors (did I mention that I’m a bit OCD?).
Wite-Out saved my life in my first job out of high school in 1970, as a statistical typist at Sears, Roebuck and Company. I could type reasonably well, but I couldn’t type numbers without looking at the keys. Each report I typed had five carbon copies!
Fast-forward to 2019, and I now play in two ukulele bands. At every practice, we make notes or corrections on our music. Although a pencil and a big eraser help, the most efficient way to change our music is with correction tape! I realize that once we move our music to our devices, we will no longer need correction tape. But there is something particularly satisfying about handling actual paper and turning the page for the next song.
Readers responded on Facebook:
Kathryne J. Lyons wrote: I think the author misses the fact that it’s more green to fix a few minor errors with Wite-out than to reprint the pages.