Archive for the ‘Typo’ Category

Inconsistency Ain’t Just A River In Egypt

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by The Director

So I went to the Hostess Cakes site today while researching a tweet (what, you don’t research your tweets?). I wanted to see if the Twinkie brand name had a registered trademark or trademark symbol.

The site was not helpful:

The site has both, but this is incorrect. Also, note how other products that bear a service mark have it in the headline but not in the copy. It’s okay to not have it in the copy, since it is in the heading, and it’s common to only use the service mark the first time it appears on a page, but this page has them for some and not for others.

It’s definitely the sort of inconsistency I notice on a Web site, and then I wonder what else is lurking beneath the unreviewed copy.

This Month Only: Spelling Lessons 100% Off!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 by The Director

From a recent The Teaching Company catalog:


Someone's not going to hear the end of this, I guar-en-tee!
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That’s not something a quick little edit in the content management system will fix.

The School of Hard Designers

Friday, August 13th, 2010 by The Director

I know what these students will be qualified for:

Shcool is cloo

Apparently, this is not a photoshop.

Today’s students, tomorrow’s interface interns.

(Link via Ed Dricsoll.)

STP Misspells “Leer”

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by The Director

An e-mail from Software Test Professionals:

Software Typo Professionals
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I get a lot of e-mails with action links that want me to leer more.

And, hey, while you’re at it, click on over and nominate me for a software testing professional luminary. I like to light fires, so I illuminate a lot. Indirectly.

Sometimes, You Can Spot The Poor Speller

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by The Director

The word misspelled in the image:


The misspelled word in the image
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But not in the alt text:


The word spelled correctly in the alt text
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That points not to the copywriter, but to the designer/producer for sloppy work.

And to the company putting it together for Lowe’s without, you know, checking it.

False Appositive

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 by The Director

This is an even better example of why one should use the serial comma than the one I traditionally use:

…highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector.

(Link seen via @iamdez.)

How Web Designers Did It In 1985

Friday, January 29th, 2010 by The Director

Ever wonder what Web designers did before the Web existed?

This article gives us some insight.

It Is True: A Scam Is Not A Joke

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 by The Director

I’m cruising a low-end user site, and a flashing, garish ad greets me:

I before E except in a scam.
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Of course, they want the flashing border to capture your attention.  You know what got mine immediately: misspelling the word receive.

I before E except after C except in a scam, I guess.

On Average, It’s Half Correct, Which Rounds Up To Perfect

Monday, November 16th, 2009 by The Director

If you want to forward a Holland America e-mail, it takes you to the Web interface where the developers have split the difference on the proper use of the possessive:

One of these is correct.
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One could try to argue, as the developer probably would, that Friends name is plural because there are multiple edit boxes.  However, that would apply to the e-mail address boxes, too, and Friends name as a plural should be Friends names.

Developers are so amusing when they try to manufacture grammatical rules to rationalize their mistakes.

Not Bugs, But Some Embarrassing News Captions

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 by The Director

I heard of a mythical time where professional media had proofreaders.  Maybe that was in the Age of Heroes, which is to say a non-existent time before now.  Here are some examples of television news captions that went from someone’s fumbling fingers directly to the air.

(Link via O’Brien Media.)

Everyone Do A Global Search And Replace RIGHT NOW

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 by The Director

So I was at this Web blog reading a post about how Microsoft might want little ol’ me to be on its team, and I got a link to this “job posting.”

Except it wasn’t:

 One out of two is still batting .500
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What do you know?  Another error has occured.   Is this ubiquitous misspelling a part of a Microsoft library somewhere?  If so, could my loyal Microsoft readers please change it to the non-passive voice We were eating our own dog food, as you can see since we have just splugged it all over your carpet?

Put down in your best practices document, gentle reader, that a part of the build process should include an automatic global search and replace for occured and spell it correctly as occurred.

I guess that job posting is fixed now, but I’m probably not Microsoft material.

A Conservative Approach to Spelling

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 by The Director

Is it always i before e except after c?  This error message from GoDaddy tries a conservative approach:

I before AND after e.
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Well, that particular developer left nothing to chance and put an e on either side of the i.

And nobody else looked at the error message.

More Than One Error Has Occurred

Monday, July 13th, 2009 by The Director

I need to find the publishing house behind the standard developer dictionary and burn it down.

More than one error has occurred here.
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The development team behind this Craftsman NASCAR sweepstakes misspell occurred.  I don’t know why developers commonly misspell this word.  Are they copying and pasting it from the same Platonic nearly-ideal error message?  Is it misspelled in a default message in every IDE known to man?  Is it some hopeful invocation that the occult will cure the problem?  Who can read the minds of developers?  Whenever I try, I get gibberish interspersed with attention to shiny things.

When you’re testing out your application’s validation, watch for the single-R occured.  You will see them everywhere.

Budget: $5,000,000. Budget for Proofreaders: $0.

Friday, July 10th, 2009 by The Director

The White House has a budget of $5 million annually for its communications team.

However, apparently none of that has been wasted on proofreaders, since press releases and diplomatic agreements include numerous misspellings, including the President’s very name.

I was going to make some comment about having to pay extra attention to uncommon words such as brand names and people’s names, which often plagues interactive agency communications that misspell their clients’ names or even their own agency names.  However, this problem with the communications team seems to go far beyond that and into lack of attention to detail.

For $172,200 a year, I could head up the effort.  White House, click the Sez Who? link for contact info!

Click Here For Nirvana Album

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 by The Director

The SD Times Internet site promises me streaming media that it doesn’t provide:

I was hoping for a button for the In Utero button
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I keep clicking Nevermind, but I don’t hear “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

Awesome, or Any, QA Not Needed

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 by The Director

Job posting:

 Awesome desine you have there.
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Maybe it’s an add for a detrigonometry position.

What kind of company wants desiners?

The kind of company that has a desgin process and works on brand indetity:

A couple mispellings here and there.
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And that lacks a standard for presenting Web site as one word or two:

'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds' is the only Emerson designers, developers, and English majors can recite.
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That is to say, ultimately, a company like all the rest.

The Story of the $100,000 Typo

Friday, May 8th, 2009 by The Director

Joe Strazzere has it.

Remember, not all typos have monetary value you can trace to it, but each one in your application or Web site is a drip that accumulates in the mind of your users, and eventually one small typo will make that user stop trusting your software even if it works otherwise.

In the meantime, note that the dollar figure mentioned above is Canadian dollars. Someone clue me in to current exchange rates so I know which way to direct my punchline to the required joke.

Typo, or Prophecy?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 by The Director

From the Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Civilopedia early in 2008:

Civopedia mentions Baracks in 2008
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I’ve never really read the Civilopedia before, but since it apparently picked the next (now current) president, I’m going to really delve into it looking for lottery ticket numbers and whatnot.

I’m pleased to report, though, that gameplay continues after 2012, even if you’re playing a Mayan civilization.

What Does My Golfing Ability Have To Do With My Insurance Rates?

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 by The Director

Nothing, actually, but this banner ad might lead me to the mistaken conclusion:

Assumes I par at all

Other sizes of this particular ad have the word park spelled correctly; however, the “designers” in this particular instance didn’t see that their text box was truncating a letter. Obviously, it would have not been cost effective for this particular company to have someone look at the freaking things before launching them in the wild, the margins being so low for these sorts of things.

Credibility Double-Tapped

Monday, October 13th, 2008 by The Director

If you’re writing an article about language, how about spelling all the words in the headline correctly?

There's a word mispelled here, or a grammer error, or something
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Someone will have to tell me what the article’s about.  I couldn’t make it past the headline.  Also, I’m not reading Australian news for fun; I’m reading it because PhilK pointed out the problem.


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