When spelling goes wrong: Famous typos from Trump to Nasa
Even the most meticulous proofreaders make mistakes from time to time.
Typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are irritants to some, sources of mirth to others and can lead to ridicule for those responsible.
英 /mə’tɪkjələs/ 美 /mə’tɪkjələs/
英 /’pru:f,ri:də/ 美 /’pru:f,ri:də/
英 /’ɪrɪt(ə)nt/ 美 /’ɪrɪtənt/
n.[医] 刺激物，[医] 刺激剂
英 /mɜːθ/ 美 /mɝθ/
英 /’rɪdɪkjuːl/ 美 /’rɪdɪ’kjʊl/
Nobody is perfect, yet some blunders are far more costly and humiliating than others.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), for example, recently printed 46 million new bank notes with a glaring spelling mistake.
The word “responsibility” was erroneously spelled “responsibilty” on a newly minted A$50 ($35; £27) featuring Edith Cowan, Australia’s first female MP.
Not surprisingly, the gaffe has been widely mocked on social media, but it is far from the only example of spelling sloppiness.
英 /’blʌndə/ 美 /’blʌndɚ/
英 /hjʊ’mɪlɪeɪtɪŋ/ 美 /hju:’milieitiŋ/
英 /i’rəuniəsli/ 美 /i’rəuniəsli/
英 /gæf/ 美 /ɡæf/
英 /’slɔpinis/ 美 /’slɔpinis/
Trump’s baffling ‘covfefe’ tweet
On 31 May, 2017, US President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by including a curious seven-character word in a late-night tweet.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” he tweeted.
The word, “covfefe”, was not included in any English dictionary. It appeared Mr Trump intended to write “coverage”, maligning reports about his presidency.
In a bizarre twist, then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Mr Trump knew “exactly what he meant”.
Internet users had a field day, teasing Mr Trump for his apparent typo.
英 [mə’laɪnɪŋ] 美 [mə’laɪnɪŋ]
Nasa’s ‘most expensive hyphen’
A misspelled word in a tweet is usually a trivial matter. A mistake by US space agency Nasa, however, is of a different order of magnitude.
On 22 July, 1962, Nasa launched Mariner 1, an American spacecraft designed for a planetary flyby of Venus.
Just five minutes after lift-off, Mariner 1 aborted its mission and was destroyed. Built at a cost of $18.5m (£14.2m), the launch was an expensive failure.
The cause, various reports suggest, was a computer coding error. Some accounts refer to a missing hyphen, while others cite an “overbar transcription error”.
Evoking the hyphen narrative, science fiction writer Arthur Clarke said that Mariner 1 was “wrecked by the most expensive hyphen in history”.
英 /’mægnɪtjuːd/ 美 /’mæɡnɪtud/
英 /ə’bɔːtɪd/ 美 /ə’bɔ:tid/
英 /’haɪf(ə)n/ 美 /’haɪfn/
英 /rekt/ 美 /rɛkt/