Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Classics in Typo's

some of my students were mad that i took off points for misspelling the elements on the test i gave this week (they still got most of the points, i just was slightly mean). i pointed out that spelling things properly is always important.

today i was looking through a website for another school and they had their dress code posted and found this classic example of why it is important to know how to spell things, not depend on spell check, and to do some proof reading.

The following will not be permitted in a teaching and learning environment:...sagging paints that do not cover the buttocks while sitting or standing...
Which reminds me of the lease agreement we signed for our appartment in reno
...curtains must show whit to the outside.

What typo's have you seen?

6 comments:

forkev said...

paints != pants
whit != white

i'm sure there are more.

palegreenhorse said...

nah there are only the two in these examples.

k2h said...

i think kev failed to grasp the tone of the piece. his reading comprehension (lack there of) is second only to my own.

the flip side of the coin is true. if you screw up and write it wrong, most will still read what you had intended. i make that mistake all the time, execpt I pull a 'kev' and read what I see, now what they wrote. I"ve nearly gotten myself intoa heap of trouble by responding to email at work with death threats, and right before hitting send, re-reading the piece and finding out my reading comprehension is, like i said earlier, less than kevs.

last type=o i saw was ina writeup given at work to one of my employees. in it, it stated they had taken company training on such and sucha date. when I looked that date up, it was a sunday. we don't work sundays.

Sarah said...

I just heard about this very relevant story on the news this morning.

Very amusingly, when I went to search for it (for this comment), I found another article that inadvertently suffers from the same mis-spelling. Very entertaining mental picture...

Anonymous said...

last typos I've seen - read the above comments...

k2h said...

anonymous is funny. hardy-har-har

oh wait. i probably miiissssspelled that, but I did it in such a way as to NOT make fun of the person