Friday, 30 November 2012

Capital punishment

Discovered in the W

                                                                                ashington Post last month.


The W hasn't merely been punished.

It's not even just a dropped capital.

No, that poor old W has been deliberately and maliciously pummelled down into the gutter like a sack of hot Maris Pipers with no foreseeable chance of recovery.

In a column about typos, too.

W

                                                    ho would believe it?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

SuBo boo-boo

According to Greg L, the question on many people's lips this week is whether the decision by Susan Boyle's publicists to use a certain twitter hashtag was a deliberate ploy.

They were throwing a party to mark the release of Susan's new album of songs and decided that the following hashtag would be a good one to use.

#susanalbumparty

Which is fine as long as you remember that she's called Susan. But those same publicists have already persuaded the public to refer to her as SuBo. So she's become Su.

Now take another look at that hashtag.


Exactly.

Whether that encouraged more people to come, ahem, we'll never know.

Monday, 26 November 2012

If your Irish

Come into the parlour and enjoy Trev L's contribution from the streets of the Emerald Isle.


Volunteers needed.

Proofreading skills clearly not necessary.

Friday, 23 November 2012

staticcaravanforsale

John H was simply not prepared for this onslaught when he was browsing eBay the other day.


I know it's small. Allow me to clarify...

static 6 berth caravan heyron site thorp park holiday center.the caravan is on a none service site the caravan as a end double bedroom and the seating in the kichen area turn into a double bed amd allso living area ther is a brand new gas fire been fitterd and the caravan as all mod cons including sola power for lighting etc the caravan is very close to the beach and sea ther is a funfair on the site and indoor and out door swimming pools and site club and spar shop.ther is lots to do for the hole famley ther is a good town center and grate night live with lots of pubs and clubs and funfairs and amusments.the ground rent is paid up till next march and is cheap ground rent for the year wich is 950 for the year wich you will get back and moor if you let the caravan out.this is a ideal caravan for ther first caravan its very clean ther is no damp or rot.1700 pound or swop for van with long mot and tax or oppen to offers of intrest. see photos

So, now I've cleared that up for you.

It's time to lie down in a darkened room.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Toy4Us

An unsolicited spammy email arrived in Dennis A's inbox on Monday courtesy of the Daily Star.


Don't you just Love all those Superfluous Capitals?

Anyway, as it says, this particular Free Toy is for Every Reader.

I wonder how it's going to be divided up?

Well, the Daily Star is owned by Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell company whose motto is 'Forti Nihil Difficile' which translates to: To the determined nothing is difficult.

So go on then, Richard. Be determined.

One toy. One and a half million readers.

Show us how easy it is.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Tasco fiasco

Thank you, Jon C, for clicking on one of the ads. It's what helps finance the blog.

And well done for finding this sweet typo once you'd clicked.


Yes, dear reader, before you question it, I checked and the dictionery backs me up.

As Jon says, it's somewhat ironic that he should come across it from a link on MTH.

Also, he asks, can we deduce from this that Tesco is, in fact, a sweat shop?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Protest? Meh.

Thanks to Trev L for finding this on the kontron website.


An offer to visit a website to view an Inactive Demo sounds like an invitation to watch a rally for the not-so bothered.

Clearly it's meant to be Interactive Demo but if, like me, you decide to actually view it (the things I do in the name of research) and you interact, you may wish you'd taken the rally option.

OK, so military computers aren't really my cup of tea.

But watching paint dry.

Now that sounds like a boat floater.

Monday, 12 November 2012

It's the Safe Way

Thank you, Dennis A, for sending me this gem.

The earliest source I can find is amongst George Takei's Facebook Wall Photos.


It also caused much hilarity on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Muphry's Law

Muphry's Law states that:

When you set out to criticise the poor grammar, proofreading or typos of others, you're bound to make at least one mistake yourself.

I found this in the comments section of a blog about typos being overlooked in publications despite them having been proofread many times. Click on it if it's too small.



QED

I've not referenced the blog in order to protect the identity of the not-so innocent.

And I can't be 100% sure because it drifts away towards the end but I think there are no less than eight grammatical mistakes in Lyn F's comment.

Muphry would be proud.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Cluedo

This typo crime, discovered by Jon C, was carried out in The Library by Miss Scarlett - or it may have been Mrs White - with The Computer, a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands.


The Library, of all places. You know. The place where literacy abounds.

OK, so it's Peterborough Library.

Regular readers will recall that we've had occasion to visit Peterborough several times in the past. The residents of that city undoubtedly have form when it comes to typos.

But it's not as if the library staff members can't spell the word ads. After all, the word's there, right in front of their noses, on that other printed sheet.

Goodness me, they can even spell accommodation correctly, so ads shouldn't be that taxing for them.

I guess they were too busy playing with the Underline command to notice anything wrong.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Akin to get it right

Back to our old friend, Todd Akin, the would-be replacement for Claire McCaskill as US Senator for Missouri.

After his poor choice of words in a TV interview, he tried to make amends on his site.


Yes, Todd, you did make a mistake.

Someone must have told the web site designers that 'your' was incorrect. You can imagine the phone call: 'The word your should end with an apostrophe r e.'

So that's exactly the change they made.


Doh.

Eventually, they got it right.


Yes, Todd, you sure know how to use the wrong words in the wrong way.

Friday, 2 November 2012

No ties in USA election

Feeling at a loose end?

Perhaps it's because you live in the Untied States of America.

According to CBS Seattle, next week's election ballot paper mailed out to nearly 23,000 voters in Jefferson County, Washington asks them to pick a President and Vice President of the Untied States.

Credit: Jefferson County

So that's what they mean by the land of the free.

County Auditor Donna Eldridge told the Peninsula Daily News that the gaffe got past five proofreaders.

But she doesn't think the error will affect the veto.

Sorry... the vote.

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