Mighty Red Pen

June 3, 2008

Human supernova

Filed under: Overseen,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 5:45 pm
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Well, spell-check strikes again, this time in “Spell-Check Run Amok Changes Names in Pa. Yearbook“:

(MIDDLETOWN, Pa.) A computer spell-checker run amok christened several Pennsylvania high school students with new — and in some cases unflattering — last names.

Middletown Area High School’s yearbook listed Max Zupanovic as “Max Supernova,” Kathy Carbaugh as “Kathy Airbag” and Alessandra Ippolito as “Alexandria Impolite,” just to name a few.

Okay, so Kathy Airbag leaves a lot to be desired, but what’s so wrong with Max Supernova? Makes him sound kinda like a superhero. Just sayin’.



  1. If I were Max, I’d totally be getting a cape.

    W/ a big old “M” on the front.

    Comment by TootsNYC — June 4, 2008 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  2. “Max Supernova” is an awesome name. I would love to read the rest of the “corrections”.

    Comment by tk. — June 5, 2008 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  3. I just went to the story and found this quote by the publishing company’s executive:

    “It happens all the time, every year,” Patrick said. “Look at any yearbook in the country.”

    Umm, don’t you think they could figure out how to fix it?

    Comment by TootsNYC — June 6, 2008 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  4. Like, maybe ask each yearbook staff to provide a file w/ all the names in the school, and add that to the spell checker’s dictionary temporarily for that job?

    Holy Toledo!

    Comment by TootsNYC — June 6, 2008 @ 11:00 am | Reply

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