Booking Through Thursday: Typography

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.


  1. Absolutely delightful!

    Here, here!!


  2. 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!

  3. *falls over laughing*

    Ohhhhh thank you for posting that!!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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...."

  7. 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.

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

    Rob- Jerk and Charlatan. That is pretty funny!

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


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