Mistakes do happen
As a proofreader, when I see a typo my eyes light up; unless it’s my typo. And let me tell you, my friends certainly enjoy pointing them out to me when I make them.
We all make mistakes. That is why it’s recommended to let a fresh set of eyes read your work before going to print. After you’ve read it a number of times, your eyes will most certainly skim over mistakes because you already know what it is supposed to say.
The typo hall of fame
Recently, my attention has been drawn to a number of typos that have made it to print, causing embarrassment and costing money for those involved.
Here’s an unfortunate typo in the November 9th, 2010 issue of Vancouver’s Province, where Hornby Street took on a new identity. Article written by Eric Rolfsen.
“Typo cast in bronze mars Emily Carr statue.” Article written for The Vancouver Sun by Katherine Dedyna. Can you spot the typo?
It was a typo that lead to the myth that spinach has 10 times as much iron as it really does.
“An unfortunate blunder by the Prime Minister’s Office has residents of Nunavut alternately chuckling and cringing. A news release sent out Monday outlined Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s itinerary as he began a five-day tour of the North. The release repeatedly spelled the capital of Nunavut as Iqualuit – rather than Iqaluit. The extra ‘u’ makes a world of difference in the Inuktitut language.
Iqaluit, properly spelled, means ‘many fish’. Spelled with an extra ‘u’, the Nunavut language commissioner’s office says the word translates as a derogatory reference to ‘people with unwiped bums’.”
Throwing the book at typos
Everyone has a typo story. They make for great conversation, don’t they? While researching this article, I came across two books that would prove to be an entertaining read. And with Christmas coming up, they’d make a nice addition to your library; especially for that editor or proofreader in your life.
1. In this article “‘Word Nerds’ make a mission of eradicating typos”, written by Art Carey, read about “The Great Typo Hunt” that lead to the creation of the book The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time.
This book “…Chronicles a 10-week road trip around America in the spring of 2008 during which Deck, Herson and other TEAL disciples attempted to rid America of typos, spellos, “prepostrophes” and other egregious mistakes, inconsistencies, transpositions, solecisms, and symptoms of “the creeping menace of carelessness.”
During their excursion, they pointed out and corrected typos in signs in a supermarket offering “beefstake” tomatoes and “pomegranite” juice. They fixed “bread puding” in Rockville, Md., “souveneir mugs” in Las Vegas, and “dillettante chocolate” in Seattle.
2. Regret the Error, by Craig Silverman
Regret the Error won an award for media criticism from the National Press Club. In this book, you’ll enjoy reading hundreds of hilarious corrections.
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Emily Carr Statue — Debra Brash
Popeye — Norwichnuts
Have you any typo stories to share?
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PS I did not hire a proofreader to proof this blog post. So, if you do see any typos, please let me know. :-)