Where you don’t want a typo

As a writer and editor, I cringe when I come across typographic errors in printed material. But there are errors, and then there are Errors with a capital E.

This one has a capital E:


It’s one thing to make your typo near the bottom of page six, in 11-point Times New Roman. But it’s something else entirely to make it in the biggest headline on the front page!

The headline references Prime Minister Sócrates’ decision not to seek an International Monetary Fund bailout for Portugal. I confess I can hardly remember the content of the accompanying article, because my eyeballs are still full of that headline.

I’ll bet the editor is knocking back a few stiff drinks right about now…


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to Where you don’t want a typo

  1. M. says:

    LOL Actlluay I cuodln’t fnid this eorrr for qtiue a lnog time. Olny atfer ayanlzing the tilte leettr by leettr I hvae fuond out what was wrnog. I wonedr why 😉

  2. Laura says:

    Hmm, mayhaps now, FORMER editor? 🙂

    (to the previous poster M. – absolutely lovely!)

  3. Alma says:

    Oh the shame!!

    The largest typo I’ve ever seen was on a billboard. They’d spelled polar bear wrong; two letters were in reverse order. I kept seeing it in the subway and wondering how all of the countless people who must have seen it between the PR office and there could possibly have missed that…

  4. Ana_ñ says:

    No faaair! Do I have to be in quarantine with erroritis?
    Okay, I will be lurking… and enjoying the blog, of course 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      Worry not! You’re a Spaniard writing in a second language. The person committing that typo was almost certainly British, writing in her or his mother tongue. The rules are different for you. 😉

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