Extra, Extra! Read All About It: Headline Typos



Image courtesy of Patrick Kelly

Geez, Louise. What’s the big idea omitting the “d” in “idea” for this newspaper headline? Written media is not immune to occasional typo spells, even though we often regard them as the Olympians of writing. It can be dismaying when we see mistakes like this up in lights. I have also seen a headline read “Pinpointing Your Child’s Leaning Problems.”

My only guess is that the copy editor dropped the ball or was on vacation. It appears that this problem is rampant, as I am sure you remember Jay Leno’s skits about mistakes in written media. Mr. Kelly and I shared article headlines with typos that are most impressionable to us. What are some mistakes in article headlines that you found entertaining, appalling or humorous? I’d love to hear your comments and stories.

Happy reading and writing, my friends!

Sean C. Wright is the author of the short stories Bubble Bath Twelve, Hazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. She is also an editor. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.


Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to msseanc@aol.com. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for the real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass but to educate.

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