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2 April, 2009

My favourite typo

Filed under: accuracy,writing — monado @ 22:42
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sm-getoffunicornThis is far and away the most unfortunate, longest-brewing, disappointing typographical error that I know. I’ve seen typos in headlines. I’ve seen typos in books. I’ve seen typos that caused confusion or absurd mental images. But a book title!

Get Off the Unicorn contains fourteen short stories of science fiction and fantasy by Anne McCaffrey. Years after the fact, the author confided that the title she’d chosen and sent to the publisher was Get of the Unicorn.


  1. wow that’s pretty crazy. How likely are publishers to incorporate corrections to known typos into subsequent editions?

    Comment by John — 28 April, 2009 @ 22:07 | Reply

  2. I doubt it will ever be corrected. The author hasn’t requested it and at this point it would make it harder to keep track of book statistics. On the other hand, some books are given re-issued with new titles or published with different titles in different countries. The most prominent recent example was J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, apparently because American children would not have heard of the Philosopher’s Stone.

    Comment by monado — 30 April, 2009 @ 11:08 | Reply

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