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The beleaguered Comment Triage Committee
(P.S. I have to admit that I'm something of an aficionado of the finer examples of internet typos. Not just sloppiness, illiteracy, texting-speak (u r a mron 2), double double or extra words, but nice slips like this one, from a tennis site:
I would like to address the attention given to women’s verbalizations during their tennis matches by the commentators. There are several men players who also are noisy when playing their best competitive tennis. I can’t help thinking this is the one of the last bastions of discrimination against women in tennis to discuss this issue to such an extent and in particularly in relation to certain women players.
No one comments on the differences in the professional players’ tendencies to
sweet. Perhaps vocalization should be seen as part of an individual’s make up and the problem that the viewer has with it is the personal problem of the viewer. Donna
It's possible that Donna couldn't have screwed up this comment more by getting any other single letter wrong. The principle there is, if you're going to make a typo, don't make it in the one word that makes your whole point make sense.
And this one, from a golf site:
I am sorry to be blunt, but I am so sick of the argument that Jack had greater competition than Tiger does currently. For anybody that believes that, you have an ignorant understanding of golf. Simple.
People compiled larger numbers of PGA Tour wins back then because there was far less parody in pro golf. Is that so difficult to understand?
Well, now that you mention it, that is rather difficult to understand....)
Featured Comment by David Dyer-Bennet: "And the hardest thing to proofread (or poorfeed) is your own text, just written. The spillchucker only goes so far, and often misses the most egregious errors."
Featured Comment by Peter Robinson: "This post couldn't have come on a better (or worse) day for me as my wife today pointed out a typo on my Mother's gravestone. It's only taken six years for us to notice...."
Mike replies: Peter, that's really too bad. Although not something so personal, my prep school had a funding drive in which they allowed everyone to buy bricks for a new walk, engraved with the name and year (written: '75) of the donor. Each and every brick has the apostrophe in the year facing the wrong way, with the tail of the apostrophe facing the numeral, which is wrong, instead of facing away from it...I have no idea whether they realize the mistake. I haven't had the heart to point it out.