Celebrating Typo Day (I just made that up)

Favorite spell-check typo in a novel: I was on the committee to pick the best hard-back mystery novel of the year from the Mystery Writers of America, circa 1990 or so. Which meant I was Fed-Exed about 180 novels and was given maybe five months to sort through them.

In one of them – no idea, today, which author – I read the following paragraph. I’m paraphrasing:

“The sheriff fired. Jones twitched, then fell, dead. The sheriff reupholstered his weapon.”

Now, you just know the writer wrote “reholstered” and some over-anxious spell-check program screwed with him. Although I had this image in my head of a tough-as-nails sheriff holding a gun with a handle decked out in a lovely Burberry plaid.

Favorite typo headline in a newspaper: Spokane Spokesman Review, circa mid-1980s. “New law prohibits prostitutes in pubic places.” Either this is a typo, or the city council seriously altered the job description of “prostitute.”

Favorite newspaper typo of my own: Lake Oswego Review, circa 1996. Ed Asner was coming to town for a fundraiser. I wrote: “Asner is the winner of an Emmy, a Tony and the Golden Glove Award.”

Yeah, sure, I meant “Golden Globe” but you gotta admit, the idea of Ed Asner pitching for the Mets is a pretty funny visual.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

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