Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Not a Typo

USA Today (a slightly different headline with the same problem is in the print edition):

Typos can lead you to imposter credit sites
This is a very common misspelling. "Imposter" is an impostor.

6 comments:

Brida said...

Ah, but I know where that "o" goes. It's off hanging out with the "protestors."

Andrew said...

There's an old saying about 'he who can spot a gnat on another, but not a slug on himself' that seems to apply here. That's some lead-pipe irony. A screed about the perils of typos, which ignores its own wisdom and insight.

JohnofScribbleSheet said...

If it was "UK Today" the spelling would have been perfect.

Delivery said...

Maybe it's a joke? Some of the copy editors I know would have done that intentionally. Then again, this is USA Today. I don't think they're smart enough for that sort of thing.

June said...

Hi, Bill,

"Lapsing" was mentioned on the WSJ Style & Substance quiz this month (see item 14).

They also mention "protestors" (item 8) - a coincidence?

Emily B. Smith, Founder said...

Right on! Superlative catch on this one, fellow copy editors! However, both spellings are technically correct according to Webster's latest. Impostor is the first spelling and imposter is an alternate. So USA Today gets a B- for effort. But they should know better.
Emily B. Smith
Freelance Copy Editor
Wordsmith Text Editing Services
Madison, WI