Archive for Errors

Qtoscope

Saw an ad yesterday that showed a photo of a device, and overlaid on the photo was the word Qtoscope. I assumed that was the device’s brand name, and I was amused; I kinda thought that a Qtoscope should be what you use to look for cuteness. “I pointed my Qtoscope at this kitten; it […]

Job title of the week

At first I thought this line in a Verge article was a typo: “According to one cryptogopher working at Google,…” I also thought that cryptogopher sounded like a great superhero name. “Look, down in the ground! It’s Cryptogopher!” But it turns out that Filippo Valsorda describes himself as Cryptogopher @Google in his Twitter profile. I […]

Plausible typos

Some typos are more harder to detect than others. I’m currently reading the 1989 Mandarin Paperbacks edition of C. J. Cherryh’s novel Downbelow Station, which is rife with the sort of typos that a spellchecker won’t catch, because the erroneous word is also a valid English word. (Okay, “rife” is an exaggeration; I really only […]

Fourieriest

A 2013 SMBC comic that I just saw suggested that the superlative of Fourier is Fouriest. Which reminded me that in 1998, I found a typo in the dictionary. Here’s the email that I sent to Merriam-Webster about it: Hi. I was just leafing through my copy of Webster's Ninth New Collegiate, and I found […]

On Pound’s “translations” from Chinese

I’ve been hearing Ezra Pound’s name for decades, but it recently occurred to me that I didn’t know anything about his life or his poetry. So I went looking online for more information about him, and quickly came across an entertainingly written 1958 takedown of Pound’s and Ernest Fenollosa’s approach to translating Chinese poetry: “Fenollosa, […]

Game typo

Ars Technica reports: “A years-old, one-letter typo led to Aliens: Colonial Marines‘ weird AI.” I mention this for a couple of reasons: I’m amused that a typo can make such a big difference. Another reason the world needs editors! Or at least proofreaders. Or at least code that doesn’t necessarily silently discard unfamiliar words. (In […]

launchedits

I was momentarily very confused by this phrase in a news article: Google also just launchedits own audiobook service In particular, I wondered what launch edits were. Eventually I figured out there was a space missing after the d, and that phrase was meant to be launched its.