Sunday, November 2, 2014


In yet another "asleep at the switch moment" for the copy editors at comes the following headline from today:


Sigh. -- PL


  1. Ah -- because spellcheck doesn't flag words that are written in all caps.

    And if there's no wavy red underline, obviously there's no reason to proofread.

  2. Replies
    1. Look at that, when I tried to misspell a word it just ended up correct instead, figures.

      Anyway, "Turles" is hardly as big of a mistake as "Rick Eastman", is it?

  3. I think I would prefer thinking the the "Turles" movie made that kind of money, and not the one that was released over the summer.

  4. Turles sounds like a pretty interesting foreign film having to do with woodland fairies... or a spelling error. Pick your poison.


    Noun: a gesture in which the palm of one's hand is brought to one's face, as an expression of disbelief, shame, or exasperation.

    ~I believe this expresses all three.

  6. The really sad part? NONE of the people commenting on the article seems to have noticed the typo either. Oh, and of course the site hasn't corrected it even now...

  7. Dear Mr. Laird,

    I recently approached Dan from Mirage Licensing to ask him for the best way to make contact with you. He promised me to redirect my request to you, but he also suggested that I should communicate it via the comment section of your blog.

    The reason is an article on my own blog about the Turtles and how they influenced my childhood and probably my relationship to popcultural media in general. Those four green individuals also forged my - I guess we can call it - 'passion' for the turtle as an animal. A certain linguistic incident involving my former English teacher is also a part of this article.

    So, to cut a long story short, I would like to ask you and I would really appreciate it, if you are interested in sharing this article about the Turtles via your blog. Currently the article is online only in German, but I would consider it an honor to translate it into English for the sake of your international readers. And the Turtles, of course ;D.

    So, if you are interested in my suggestion and you would like to hear more (I can surely elaborate on this), I would be delighted.

  8. They should correct the mistake before publishing. Good observation, Peter.