Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Typos Go to University

It's amazing how one little missing letter can change the meaning of a word - and cause oodles of embarrassment in the process.

From a story on Yahoo! News about a missing letter - a very important letter, it turns out! - in a word on the cover of the commencement program for the University of Texas at Austin:


(In case you missed it, check out the line just under the photo - where it says "School of Pubic Affairs.")

Click here to read the entire article.

The story's writer makes some valid arguments about the significance of typos in the grand scheme of things. Yes, humans make mistakes. We're all guilty of that. However, mistakes of this caliber are entirely preventable. I have to wonder just how many people missed this typo during the creation, review, proofreading, and publication of this document.

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