Battle of the bugle

I often read Kevin Drum’s blog at the Mother Jones website and felt like sharing a great typo he found in the Washington Post.

Fighting with cone-shaped corn chips might be worth watching, too.

The original story has since been updated on the Post‘s website, and Karen and I usually don’t spotlight errors that have been corrected—we don’t want to seem like rabid editors chasing down every typo ever made—but the idea of a bugle battle at the Olympics was too good to pass up. And, of course, this is yet another example of a mistake that a spellchecker wouldn’t (and apparently didn’t) catch.

Don’t forget the spine

I was unpacking boxes of books last night and ran across a trade paperback of the Powers comic book. As you can see from the cover, this volume is called “Cosmic.”

Nothing to see here. Please move along.

But the spine—the part that usually faces outward on a bookshelf and is most visible—has a little problem.

Nothing to -- whoa! What's that?

This edition was published in 2007, so this is an old typo that has since been corrected in reprints, but it’s still one of my favorites. It’s a good reminder that mistakes can slip past you in unexpected places.

Also, give the book’s editor credit for owning up to the mistake.

I before E except after . . . Z?

The trailer for the new Baz Luhrmann film of The Great Gatsby includes a big typo—literally, a big one.

Of course, these days, any suspect sign might have been Photoshopped for laughs, but not in this case. The movie’s official trailer shows the typo, big as life, about 13 seconds in, and again at the 1:41 mark.

If they don’t fix the mistake before the film’s release this Christmas, they can always say the sign is a clue that the movie takes place in an alternate universe, like they did with “Manhatan” on the TV show Fringe.

Even the “good guys” miss some.

From ePublish Unum, more proof that #realeditorsproofbetter:

“The article blow from Write to Done (highly recommended as a regular read) showcases some successful authors as well as provides easy tips non-fiction and fiction authors ready to embrace this route.”

“(B)low” is a perfectly good word, but I have a pretty solid sense that it’s not the perfectly good word the writer really intended. I’ll bet that word was “below,” based on the fact that below this post is a link to the article referenced in that paragraph. Best guess? Too much reliance on a spellchecker, and too little on a real live editor/proofreader to double check the checker’s results.

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