Even Lincoln needes a proofreader! Famous typos.

The power of proofreading! Have you ever made a blunder in print? With me, it’s an occupational hazard. Apparently sculptors have this problem, too. Having recently returned from Washington, D.C., we were excited to see the amazing Lincoln Memorial. I’m embarrassed to say, I was equally thrilled to be shown “The Mistake” emblazoned on the wall behind the regal Lincoln. Yep, there’s a typo chiseled forever on the marble wall. Can you find it in the picture?

The first printing of Pearl S. Buck’s 1931 novel The Good Earth, has an error on page 100 (line 17) where the word “flees” was mistakenly used in place of “fleas.” And who could forget the “Wicked Bible” published in 1631 by the Royal Printers in London. Sadly, their major goof was omitting the tiniest of words in one of the Ten Commandments. Thou shalt not commit adultery was printed sans the word “not.” Oh dear! No wonder the printers lost their license and most of the copies were destroyed or burned.

Have you ever made an embarrassing writing mistakeWashington Trip, 2013 125? Do you notice mistakes in published works often? Do share.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by bn100 on July 27, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I notice them all the time



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