October 18, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Typography

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You may or may not have seen my post at Punctuality Rules Tuesday, about a book I recently bought that had the actual TITLE misspelled on the spine of the book. A glaring typographical error that really (really!) should have been caught. So, using that as a springboard, today’s question: What’s the worst typographical error you’ve ever found in (or on) a book? Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

I've seen a few hear and their in books. Sometimes it gets on my nerves, but usually I can get over it. My local newspaper is notorious for it though. I once saw 'weather' used for 'whether' in a headline. Since I don't have a lot to say about this, watch this: The Impotence of Proofreading.

11 comments :

  1. LOL! The Impotence of Proofreading is hilarious. Thanks for sharing! I reckon it should read The Importance of Proofreading. ROFL.

    Going forward, I am doing up a list of typos I found as I read. :)

    Happy BTT, Chris!

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  2. *falls over laughing*

    Ohhhhh thank you for posting that!!

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  3. I read one book in which it's and its were constantly mistaken for each other. It really irritated me, especially since I've been a copy editor for almost 20 years. I was horribly embarrassed when I received the ARCs of my new book, and saw all the horrible typos in it! Fortunately I got to fix them and the final version of the book is fine. But it's been dreadful knowing that reviewers and others have seen it in this state.

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  4. What a great link. To read it would be funny, but to speak it? Wow, he was impression.

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  5. That video is absolutely hilarious!

    My sister's favorite example? A "Golden Book" she'd gotten for my niece when she was little, about Poky the Puppy (or something like that). The first sentence of the book? It started "Oky the puppy...."

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  6. That's a brilliant video! Thanks!

    Back when I used to be a substitute teacher, a fifth grader whose last name was Jirik once came to me to complain that the auto-correct feature on Word automatically changed her last name to Jerk. MSWord also suggests that the name of my wife's employer, Carleton College, should be Charlatan College.

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  7. He's really good, isn't he?

    Rob- Jerk and Charlatan. That is pretty funny!

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  8. Love it! "Grievous error" is right! LOL

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