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Where A Typo Shouldn’t Be

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 19, 2016 in Internet |

A few days ago we saw a whole mess of Twitter comments, and newspaper reports, about a typo from Donald Trump. In a less-than-well-thought-out Tweet he used the (non) word unpresidented rather than the (real) word unprecedented when blowing hot air about China intercepting a drone in international waters. I wrote about it here and, to all intents and purposes that would have been the end of it for me. Until I came across this wonderful example of a typo which should never have happened – and has since been corrected – and which will cause absolutely no waves in tea cups whatsoever.

WikiLeaks Typo

Screenshot Source: Twitter / WikiLeaks

Whoever writes the Tweets for the partisan revelation platform WikiLeaks made a big point of highlighting sections of the document they reproduced for all to read, but clearly didn’t bother reading it him or herself. The very well-known term Pied Piper didn’t manage to make it into their mind and was replaced by the inexplicable Piper Piper, as if that made any sense.

I wonder how many of the nearly one thousand people who retweeted it noticed, or even bothered to read the document. And much the same for the additional one thousand two hundred  who marked the Tweet as a favorite. Will we see the press and others jumping all over WikiLeaks now for their mistake? I sincerely doubt it: WikiLeaks is relatively insignificant for many, if not most, people. They get their fodder from elsewhere, and only look for mistakes in those who are easiest to attack. And, let’s be honest, the Donald is – and many other politicians, world leaders, business executives and so on are – an easy target, whether rightfully or not.

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