Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Much better

More BBC typos arrive courtesy of Jon C.


What? Andie Harper talks about the Olympic legacy every Monday?

Looks like it's going to be a long time before the writing skills of BBC employees are better are better.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Playing a new role

The following appears with apologies to Sara (@sarateresaphoto) who brought this Huffington Post article to my attention for non-typo reasons and with whom I agree. Good on you, Shailene, whoever you are. (I'm sorry. I don't do so-called celebrity.)

But the headline writer is hardly a role model for English speakers.


I bet you're wondering whether it should be pronounced Roadel Moadel or Roddle Moddle.

Still, I suppose it's better than being a role mole.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Gardening tools

It all started innocently enough.

It was an invitation from the local Labour Teachta Dála to help look after a new community garden in Brookfield, Dublin.

But then the dreaded Typo Monster struck, causing a bit of a cock-up.


Unless it was some bold new recycling initiative for watering the plants.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Further proof

This caption appeared in a BBC report about education last Wednesday.


What further proof do we need that the BBC's standards are slipping?

Meanwhile, here is some real Furthur education for which, I hope, you'll be Dead Grateful.

Furthur: the band.


Furthur: the Merry Pranksters' bus.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Soh Cah Toa

The Australian Air Force needed to recruit an Engineer with certain mathematical skills.

So it devised an advert containing a puzzle, the solution of which revealed the telephone number to ring for further details.

Unfortunately, the puzzle contained two typos which are highlighted below in yellow.


What? You wouldn't have spotted them?

No, nor would I.

I guess none of us will be applying then.

Anyway, here's the thing.

What did the RAAF say to the people who managed to find the right number and get through? I'm sorry but you've made a mistake and are therefore disqualified?

Meanwhile, to the Reddit users who spotted the errors and reported them, the RAAF offered its thanks and added that they were exactly the type of people it was looking for.

Thinking about it, if it was an RAAF employee who devised the puzzle, perhaps there are now two vacancies.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Going topless

By way of a change today I thought we might enjoy a video together.

A topless video, no less.

It's not quite as popular as you may think though.

As I write there've been only 18 views, and about 6 of those are mine.


Sad I may well be, but it is MyTypoVideo.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Meghan's Virgina problem

In the US News and World Report’s 2010 Guide to America’s Best Colleges, Radford University is listed as one of the nation’s 'Top Up-and-Coming Schools'.

In addition, the Princeton Review has included the University on its list of best colleges and universities in the South East four years running.

So Meghan McNeice, a recent Media Studies RU graduate, was disappointed to see that the word Virginia was spelt incorrectly on her degree certificate.


But it wasn't just hers.

According to RU officials, all 1,481 undergraduate and graduate diplomas from late 2012 and early 2013 carried the same error.

And that wasn't the only one.


Chief Communication Officer, Joe Carpenter, said, 'The error was caused when the commercial software system used to produce the diplomas within the university's registrar's office was upgraded in the fall of 2012. That software upgrade required that the diploma narrative be re-keyed into the program. It was during the re-keying process that the typographical errors were introduced into the template.'

How very PR of you, Joe. But the re-keying isn't the issue. The fact that no one read a proof is the important point here.

In a University which runs courses in Communication and Journalism.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Upsign down

Spotted yesterday from the top of a double decker bus in Portsmouth.


You had one job. Just one job.

Friday, 12 July 2013

End game

I don't know much about Baseball, but I do know that, with a name like Bartolo Colón, the Dominican pitcher for the Oakland Athletics is never going to be far from the headlines.


Poor guy. I suspect he's the butt of many a one-liner.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Drug deal

I much prefer to shop locally rather than at the supermarkets.

OK, so the prices are sometimes a little higher.

For example, I called in at our local pharmacy yesterday to buy some Solpadeines and the price was...

Yikes!


There's marketing method in their madness though. That would have caused major headaches.

And the need for many more Solpadeines.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Protesers

This appeared on the front page of The New York Times a couple of Fridays ago.


"All the News That's Fit to Print."

At least, All the News That Fits Incorrectly and Unevenly in the Available Space.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Windy City

Drivers on Route 222 South between Reading and Lancaster in Pennsylvania have been sniggering at a road sign that's been put in place two miles before the turn off to Ephrata.

That's Ephrata.


The first question that springs to mind is this. What was wrong with the old sign?

It looks perfectly OK on Street View.


Apparently, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is aware of the error and is preparing to replace the offending sign at a cost of, wait for it, between $800 and $1200.

How much?

That'll put the wind up the Ephrata taxpayers.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Learning to spelll

At the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, which finished last week, we were reminded of one of the many reasons why it's good to go to college.

You learn stuff. Like how to, er, spell college.


Well done to Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) for being the first to spot, photo and tweet it.

But he's a writer by profession, so not so well done for his critical assessment.

He tweeted, and I quote, 'Great googly moogly'.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Father's Day

Next Father's Day you might be tempted to organise a special treatment for a special man on his special day at this special Dad Spa.


Think again.

It's a Day Spa.

You can check it out on Street View here.

Oh, and it charges one dollar dollar per minute.

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