A few months ago, I wrote a post on The Impotence of Proofreading, which is something we should all take seriously, especially if we’re bloggers with a worldwide audience. But even those who “only” write local articles need to be careful.
Now let’s move on to some newspapers’ goofs from around the world (with my snarky comments after each in bold and italics):
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are one of hundreds of parachuting enthusiasts who bought our Easy Sky Diving book, please make the following correction: on page 8, line 7, the words “state zip code” should have read “pull rip cord.” (Hmmm. That might be an important thing to know, don’t you think?)
It was incorrectly reported last Friday that today is T-shirt Appreciation Day. In fact, it is actually Teacher Appreciation Day. (Hope the teachers appreciated it!)
Our newspaper carried the notice last week that Mr. Oscar Hoffnagle is a defective on the police force. This was a typographical error. Mr. Hoffnagle is, of course, a detective on the police farce. (And sharp-eyed readers will see that the “correction” is actually worse.)
In one edition of today’s Food Section, an inaccurate number of jalapeno peppers was given for the Southwestern chicken salad recipe. The recipe should call for two, not 21, jalapeno peppers. (NOW they tell us?)
And for pure fun:
I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.
See the rest on the original site.
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