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Proofreading is Crucial (or How Not to Get Laughed At)

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I found this entry in Drummond Moir’s book, Just My Typo:

“On 22 April, 2003, a closed captioning typist for ABC’s World News Tonight informed viewers that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was ‘in the hospital for an enlarged prostitute.’ Later that evening, viewers were advised that Mr. Greenspan was in fact having prostate problems.”

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Romantic Typos

 

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From Drummond Moir’s book Just My Typo:

Arthur was seriously burned Saturday afternoon when he came in contact with a high-voltage wife.  (Albuquerque newspaper)

Here the bridal couple stood, facing the floral setting, and exchanged cows. (Modesto, CA paper)

Mr. and Mrs. Garth Robinson request the honor of your presents at the marriage of their daughter Holly to Mr. James Stockman.  (Wedding invitation)

Socrates died from a overdose of wedlock. (Child’s homework)

The bride was accompanied to the altar by tight bridesmaids. (19th century court journal)

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Life and Death

Some interesting goofs found in Drummond Moir’s book Just My Typo:

The man blew out his brains after bidding his wife goodbye with a shotgun. (Connecticut newspaper)

Passengers must stay with their luggage at all times or they will be taken away and destroyed. (Sign at Paddington Station, London)

George had charge of the entertainment during the past year. His birth-provoking antics were always the life of the party and he will be greatly missed. (Willard Times, Ohio)

Police in Hawick yesterday called off a search for a 20-year-old man who is believed to have frowned. (The Scotsman)

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A Few More Typos to Get You to the Weekend

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From Just My Typo, compiled by Drummond Moir:

It is proposed to use this donation to purchase new wenches for our park as the present old ones are in a very dilapidated state.
(From the Carrolton Ohio Chronicle)

The Chicago investors put the land up for sale for $22 million in 2008, but got no takers. The Trust for Public Land made a deal with the group to buy it for close to $12, if it could come up with the money by this April.
(New York Times)

All work cheaply and nearly done.
(Perthshire Advertiser)

Save regularly in your bank. You’ll never reget it.

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Some Midweek Typos for You

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Drummond Moir’s Just My Typo keeps me laughing. Here are a few more, these from students.

The bowels are A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes W and Y.
In spring the lambs can be seen gambling in the fields.
Unaware means the clothes we put on first.
The first scene I would like to analize occurs in Heart of Darkness.
Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote.
A ruminating animal is one that chews its cubs.

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Twisted History

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I took many history classes, but I can’t seem to remember these, ahem, facts*:

After hearing the music of the Frence troubadours, Petrarch began to write sonnets about Courtney Love.

King Arthur lived in an age of shivery.

Alexander the Great conquered Persia, Egypt and Japan. Sadly he died with no hairs.

The king wore a scarlet robe trimmed with vermin.

The nineteenth century was when people stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine.

Another Greek myth was Jason and the Golden Fleas.

* As always, my thanks to Drummond Moir, who compiled Just My Typo.

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