Thursday, October 26, 2006

An expensive typo!

Today's entry from " More Typos" made the "Bizarre News" and "Peculiar Postings" columns of the major news services recently. If you do a Google search for "+Ottawa-County +Michigan +public +ballot", you'll get over 15,000 hits. It seems proofreaders didn't catch the "L" that had been left out of "public" in the text of one controversial measure on the ballots for the Ottawa County, Mich., Nov. 7, 2006 election. The ballots were reprinted at a price of $40,000.

In library catalogs, watch out for unexpectedly risque versions of "public health", "public hygiene", and "public relations", as well as problems with "publications" and "publicity". Don't do a blanket search-and-replace, though, or you're likely to create some problems, particularly in your medical records.

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