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As I mentioned in part one and part two of this series, I love errors. As an editor, it’s my job to find them, and I’ve had a merry time so far picking on my colleagues in journalism and advertising.

Now, let’s aim the lens at our friends in public service.

(From http://www.adrants.com/2006/02/adrants-isnt-the-only-place-to-find.php)

As the top line says, it’s your tax dallors at work. Los Angeles County must be very frugal with its citizens’ money; it won’t even pony up enough for a dictionary.

The next one comes from a university town: Berkeley, California – or as a Berkeley street sign puts it:


(From http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Berkeley-Bad-typo-in-a-street-sign-3293805.php)

The next one is so blatant that you’d swear it’s fake – but it’s absolutely real.

(From http://carhumor.net/sotp/#)

The people who made the mistake should have studied harder in that place where people go to learn spelling. You know the place . . .


(From https://scottdwelch-mainstreetone.com/tag/shcool/)

SOTP and SHCOOL are only paint, so they’re easy to fix. But some errors get embedded in more permanent media. San Francisco presses its street names into concrete.

Unfortunately, the city doesn’t always get its own streets right.

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(From http://www.flickr.com/photos/throgers/)

Not all errors get enshrined on the streets. Down in Chile, the officials of the national mint created a new coin – but never noticed that the coin misspelled the country’s name.


(From http://lunaticg.blogspot.com/2010/02/looking-for-chiie-mint-not-chile-mint.html)


Top officials at Chile’s (or Chiie’s) mint lost their jobs over that one.

And that, boys and girls, is why we all need editors.