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Old 07-14-2015, 12:49 PM
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Best/Worst Typo/Spell-Check Error You've Seen Lately


Thought-provoking and totally Mundane.
Based on a thread in GQ, I was wondering about any observations regarding typos.
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...d.php?t=762194

Are there even editors at major publications anymore?
Personally, I will not admit to anything unless my lawyer is present.
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:35 PM
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Not *lately*, and I may have reported this here before, but it's an example of why spellcheck does not replace the need for a human proofreader.

You see, as far as I know, no government agency actually has a Department of Pubic Housing (and if they do, I do NOT want to know about it).

SPOILER:
P U B L I C with an 'L', not 'P U B I C' without the 'L'


Fortunately, this was caught before it went to the client.
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:40 PM
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Was it here or on Facebook where I recently read the headline about the first major league baseball "amphibious" pitcher?

(The meant ambidextrous, of course.)
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:43 PM
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Not *lately*, and I may have reported this here before, but it's an example of why spellcheck does not replace the need for a human proofreader.

You see, as far as I know, no government agency actually has a Department of Pubic Housing (and if they do, I do NOT want to know about it).

SPOILER:
P U B L I C with an 'L', not 'P U B I C' without the 'L'


Fortunately, this was caught before it went to the client.
I've seen a variation of that on a letter sign board: PUBIC LIBRARY

"I can check one out?"
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Old 07-17-2015, 02:21 PM
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In a local newspaper under Help Wanted

"Clerk needed . . . attention to detail. . . in a fast paste environment".

Spell check wouldn't have helped.
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Old 07-17-2015, 02:28 PM
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I am a writer/editor for small company. We once got a piece from a client that talked about the "no holes barred" competition in the field. I've heard of screwing your competitors, but that seems excessive.
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A verbal typo today.

We're having issues with our virus scan causing a conflict with one of our critical programs. When the virus scan starts on a machine everything freezes. If all the computers run virus scan at the same time then all the computers freeze at the same time which is REALLY bad.

I was talking this over with our Admin/IT person today who kept repeating that the Computer Services Department were going to stagnate the computers so virus scan would not run on all the machines at once. She meant stagger, but oh how accurate she was.

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Old 07-17-2015, 03:27 PM
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On of the bosses here sent out an email blast about people being too casual in emails--forbidden are OMG and LOL etc. which oby (another forbidden "word") would only occur in mails between co-workers but which apparently offends her sensibilities.

Went on to rail against poor grammar, punctuation failures etc. and ended with this gem:

"Please don't use excessive EXPLANATION marks"
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:46 PM
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I found this one just two days ago.

MAN HOLES CAUSING PROBLEMS ON MACHESTER ROAD

Actually, it should be "manholes." Man holes cause entirely different problems.
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:59 PM
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I use voice to text a lot. This is a text I sent a girl who I met online. Day three after exchanging phone numbers. Keep in mind, we haven't even met in person yet:

I'm sitting at a red light. I SAY (using voice to text) "I'm in awe of you." The light turns green, so I hit send in a hurry with out proof reading the text.

About three minutes later, I'm at another red light. I go to look at the text I sent. To my horror the text read: "I'm in love of you."

I was so embarrassed, I had to pull over to the side of the road and assure her that I am not a psycho.

That girl is now my GF. So I guess it all worked out.

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Old 07-17-2015, 09:02 PM
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And did you learn your lesson and stop texting while driving?
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:41 PM
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I once saw an email go out to the entire company announcing the annual flu shots program with an unfortunate typo in the subject line: "FLU SHITS!!!".

The person who did it was a very capable woman. She sat right outside my office, and I felt a little bad laughing as hard as I did when I saw it.
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Old 07-18-2015, 04:58 AM
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You see, as far as I know, no government agency actually has a Department of Pubic Housing (and if they do, I do NOT want to know about it).
Those are the people who inspect and maintain chastity belts?
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:44 AM
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The CFO of a place I worked once sent out an email regarding renovations occurring in our building. The email ended with, "We apologize for any incontinence this may cause."
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:55 AM
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I use voice to text a lot. This is a text I sent a girl who I met online. Day three after exchanging phone numbers. Keep in mind, we haven't even met in person yet:

I'm sitting at a red light. I SAY (using voice to text) "I'm in awe of you." The light turns green, so I hit send in a hurry with out proof reading the text.

About three minutes later, I'm at another red light. I go to look at the text I sent. To my horror the text read: "I'm in love of you."

I was so embarrassed, I had to pull over to the side of the road and assure her that I am not a psycho.

That girl is now my GF. So I guess it all worked out.
I'll do you one better, when emailing a girl, there's a world of difference (though the end game may be the same), between "I'd like to meet you" and "I'd like to meat you".

Anyways, back to the OP, on one of our local news sites a few years back they mentioned the H1N! virus.
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:11 AM
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I'm often amused when I type a name or slightly unusual word and the spall chuck suggests a replacement that's somewhere on the comic to actionable spectrum. It's odd how many times these wrong choices still fit the sentence, albeit to other and potentially disastrous ends... Given how many people's spelling and vocab skills are shaky already, I'm surprised we don't see more such "assisted disasters."
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:28 AM
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At the hospital where I work, the doctors' dictations are translated into the charts via a program that barely recognizes English, much less names. Hilarity ensues. We actually keep a notebook of the best errors (with no patient identifiers of course).

According to the charts, we have doctors in our system with the following names:

Dr. Dressing Bowel Ski.

Dr. Missing Teeth.

Dr. Goat Hair.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:54 AM
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Many years ago I used to moderate a cancer support group. One day I saw a very sad post titled "My husband past away".

That one stuck with me, it was so poignant and somehow so right.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:57 AM
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Spell-check is our greatest enema.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:25 AM
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At the hospital where I work, the doctors' dictations are translated into the charts via a program that barely recognizes English, much less names. Hilarity ensues. We actually keep a notebook of the best errors (with no patient identifiers of course).

According to the charts, we have doctors in our system with the following names:

Dr. Dressing Bowel Ski.

Dr. Missing Teeth.

Dr. Goat Hair.
What a versatile practice. A gastroenterologist, a dentist, and a.... veterinary dermatologist?

(Actually, it sounds like the setup for a "...walk into a bar" joke. A very convoluted one.)
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:50 PM
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In a local newspaper under Help Wanted

"Clerk needed . . . attention to detail. . . in a fast paste environment".

Spell check wouldn't have helped.
To be fair, back in the day when newspapers were assembled on "boards" from physical bits of paper from the typesetting machine, the process was called paste-up, and with deadline approaching, it was definitely fast.

My recent favorite is a local restaurant that had an odd special for dinner:

Roast pork lion.

Does it oink or roar?
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I once saw an ad for a discount outlet that said, "We Will Not Be Understood."
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I once saw an ad for a discount outlet that said, "We Will Not Be Understood."
Wait, what? I don't unders...

Oh.

Wait, I didn't understand. So I understood.

WAT?
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It is general practice at my workplace that if you are having a guest come in who is new to the company, he or she is welcomed with a sign on an easel near our reception desk.

I called the receptionist to let her know I was having a visitor. His name was K. D. Stephens (last name altered). I spelled it out for her "K as in King, D as in Dog".

When she called me to let me know he was here on the day of our appointment, I went up front to fetch him. To my horror, there was a big sign asking my co-workers to welcome Mr. King Dog Stephens.
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:42 PM
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I use CC on my TV b/c I am hard of hearing and I am always seeing funny typo.
There was story about a man drowning this was NOT funny but instead of typing
grown man the CC said " blown man" . I was like WTF?? Put on the CC on some
videos on line some time just to get a good laugh . It drive me crazy b/c I need to the CC to know what being said.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:30 PM
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A list of Christmas carols typed up by one of my then-employer's dingbat admin assistants included the gem "Away in a Manager".

Howls of mirth all around at the Christmas lunch.



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You see, as far as I know, no government agency actually has a Department of Pubic Housing (and if they do, I do NOT want to know about it).

SPOILER:
P U B L I C with an 'L', not 'P U B I C' without the 'L'


Fortunately, this was caught before it went to the client.
When I worked for Medicare's publications department in Florida, several people missed a headline with the exact same typo.

Missed it until it had been printed and mailed out to all the Medicare providers in Florida, that is.

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One of the basic mods everybody should do to their spell-checker is to remove certain words that are mis-corrects for words that appear frequently in their line of work.

"Pubic" vs. "Public" being one of the obvious offenders.
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According to the first sentence here, the trigonometry really got out of hand:

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Two men are in custody after authorities say a math lab caused an explosion in a Clinton County trailer park Monday evening.
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A list of Christmas carols typed up by one of my then-employer's dingbat admin assistants included the gem "Away in a Manager".
well, "Manager" is sort of like "Coach", so .... a twofer that I found online:

"....about players who can't hack it playing poker so they make up some cock and ball story about being atop coach".

I was Googling for instances of the phrase "cock and ball story" for "cock and bull story" and found this gem with two misapplied phrases that spellcheck wouldn't catch.
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:58 AM
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Spellcheck wouldn't have helped the cake decorator who made the HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLINT cake. That was more font/kerning.
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Swype made me ask my wife if she felt like Tina for dinner on Friday.

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One of the basic mods everybody should do to their spell-checker is to remove certain words that are mis-corrects for words that appear frequently in their line of work.

"Pubic" vs. "Public" being one of the obvious offenders.
I work in healthcare, so both words are valid. But we ended up removing "pubic" just so we'd get repeated warnings when it was used.
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Spellcheck wouldn't have helped the cake decorator who made the HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLINT cake. That was more font/kerning.
I just Googled that and starting laughing like 12 year old.
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I just Googled that and starting laughing like 12 year old.
Yeah, I still get a laugh thinking about poor Clint.
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One of the best Dilbert Cartoons:

Myron: And for your information my name is MYRON not MORON. Please be more careful with your spell check.

Pointy Haired Boss: I have spell check?
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this one amused me, like a very masculine green tea http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...21&postcount=7
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A list of Christmas carols typed up by one of my then-employer's dingbat admin assistants included the gem "Away in a Manager"
"The shepherds go to the manager"
--lessons and carols program from back in the eighties sometime, so we can't blame spellcheck.
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My all-time favorite occurred when I was working as a proofreader at a Savings and Loan. One of the production word processors had typed the following as the greeting for a letter:

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I came so very, very close to deliberately letting that go out as is.
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...set it to flag and suggest but NOT autocorrect. Let it pester me, if I'm doing it on purpose I'll just ignore it.
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Our admin sent me an IM that contained the word "afforchantly." Our IM program has spellcheck but not autocorrect.

I had to say it out loud five or six times and use word association (thankfully it was the last word in the sentence) to figure it out.
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Our admin sent me an IM that contained the word "afforchantly." Our IM program has spellcheck but not autocorrect.

I had to say it out loud five or six times and use word association (thankfully it was the last word in the sentence) to figure it out.


Please provide either the sentence or the word that was intended.
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I'm guessing "unfortunately".
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A couple of months ago, my wife needed to take one of our ducks to the vet, so phoned up and made an appointment (which involved giving the duck's name over the phone). After seeing the vet, she needed some antibiotics so picked them up from the front desk.
Now, the vet in question has a naming convention of <Customer name>:<pet name>. Our duck's name is 'Duckula' (after Count Duckula, an old children's cartoon ). The name put on the label on the meds?

'Mrs Badger: Duck Killer'.

The receptionist was mortified when we explained the real name, but we just had a good laugh about it.

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I saw this comment on a YouTube video of a song: "His songs just seem to speak to me. It's probably the upbeat tune of most of his dongs"
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I'm guessing "unfortunately".
You guessed correctly.

Sorry, I thought I posted a follow up but apparently it didn't go through.
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Less than an hour ago I read an ad for a car on Craigslist that promised it was "100% emasculate, inside and out!"
Steam cleaning got the semen stains out. Cool!
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The New Yorker still employs copy editors. In fact, one of them just wrote a book about it, and it's pretty good:

http://amzn.com/0393240185
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On today's Google News feed I was offered this article from cbsnews.com:

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Jerri Kelly - Arkansas woman - held four black boots fundraising for high school football at gunpoint in Wynne County
When I clicked on the article the headline had already been updated at the site, but the original is still in the URL.
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Spell-check is our greatest enema.
Decades ago, I was a crisis intervention counselor for a crisis hotline. We had to write up each call in a ledger, for the other counselors to read. One of the counselors wrote of a caller who was "into giving himself enigmas." She then went on to describe how he filled the "enigma bottle" and inserted it into his rectum.

I had trouble answering the phone, I was laughing so hard.

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