There is something endearing and disarming about typos. The idea that even the professionals can make a mistake helps us all relax about our own weaknesses. And it’s usually good for a laugh. Drummond Moir has assembled a book of real misprints and careless keystrokes. Some are blatantly obvious but others are more subtle and take a second to sink in. Here are just a few:
Guests are requested to be as quiet possible in their room after 11pm so as not to disturb the quest in the other room. — Swedish hotel
22 Nov 2003 – Our apology (Corrections, page 27, November 19) for inacuracies, requires an apology. We meant inaccuracies. — Guardian Corrections and Clarifications
It is proposed to use this donation to purchase new wenches for our park as the present old ones are in a very dilapidated state. — Carrolton Chronicle, Ohio
Christopher Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. — Kid’s homework
Overall, there is nothing earth-shattering about this collection. It’s good for a chuckle. There are a couple of leading paragraphs to introduce certain sections. I would have enjoyed a bit more context and perhaps some historical reference for typos and printing mistakes in general.
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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (July 8, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches