Typos taking over the world

Stop. Look around you. You may not see them at first glimpse, but if you’re looking hard enough, you’ll see them lurking nearby. (Maybe they are fiendishly plotting to take over the world? You decide.)

Typos are appearing everywhere…newspapers, websites, LinkedIn profiles, posters, flyers, brochures, restaurant signs, letters and e-mails. Yes, and even blogs and TV. They can be sad, they can be pathetic, but in most cases, they’re humorous.

Case in point: Last night, I was watching TV and came across a whopper.  When I change from one channel to another, my TV service helpfully provides a quick blurb with the name of the show, the amount of time remaining in the show and a short summary of the show’s plot. In one summary, the heroic prince was supposed to rescue the hapless “heroin” from danger. Somebody forgot the extra “e” in “heroine”. 

Strange. I never heard of heroin requiring a rescue. Usually, people need rescuing from the heroin, not the other way around.



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5 responses to “Typos taking over the world

  1. Yes, typos can definitely be hilarious. I saved a female client one time from using the word “public” without the “l” in her resume. Whew…

  2. deepamwadds

    I recently saw a restaurant sign that offered “Full Coarse Meals”

  3. Shortly after reading your post, I was standing in the kitchen and my eyes suddenly focused on a children’s hot cocoa mug sitting on the counter. There it was, in all of its Twilight Zone glory. Our family’s Buzz Lightyear drink cup was an alien in disguise! What was written on the opposite side of a proud Buzz? “Heros of the Universe”? The horror of the thought that our beloved Disney/Pixar product was made (and spelled) in China. Poor Buzz had been turned into a hero of the sandwich industry!

  4. I sympathize with poor Buzz. And for the person who accidentally made that mistake on the mug. But I’m making allowances since he or she was probably not a native English speaker. I have great admiration for anyone brave enough to learn English as a second language, since there are so many potential pitfalls with spelling, grammar, punctuation and more!


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