Mighty Red Pen

May 25, 2009

Under my umberlla, erlla, erlla

Filed under: Spellbound,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 4:57 pm
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Okay, so here it is in a nutshell: according to The Daily Mail, a man named Kieran Toulson bought a set of ABC blocks for his daughter at a store called Morrisons in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester (UK). His eagle-eyed mom, Suzanne Toulson (who is the true heroine of our story), quickly spotted typos on some of the blocks and was absolutely outraged. Here are the blocks (pics from Manchester Evening News Syndication):


I’m not really sure what’s better about this tale, the story of what actually happened or the way the article itself is written. I mean, the drama!

Suzanne Toulson, 60, noticed the howlers after the £3.22 set of blocks was bought for her nine-month-old grand-daughter, Millie, from Morrisons in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester.

She complained to the store but was initially told only that no more of the Chinese-made toys would be ordered.

Yesterday, however, Morrisons backed down, and the misspelled blocks are being taken off the shelves of its 382 stores.

‘There are only 26 words on these blocks,’ said Mrs Toulson, a tax manager. ‘You’d think they’d be able to get them all right.’

Her son Kieran, 29, bought the set of blocks but Mrs Toulson quickly realised they were riddled with errors while Millie was playing with them.

Riddled with errors, I tell you! Absolute howlers! Possibly my favorite part of this story was the fact that the young mind that Mrs. Toulson was so diligently protecting was this one:

block baby

Yes, that’s Millie, who I’m guessing is somewhere in the age range of 6-9 months.

Mrs. Toulson is not any kind of copy editor or writer in real life, but a tax manager. However, I think she missed her true calling as there is obviously a word nerd in her just yearning to breathe free.

Hat tip to Ali.



  1. The question is: can I get to Morrisons before the blocks are taken off the shelves?

    If not, I’ll just have to amuse myself on my yatch. With my umberlla, of course…

    Comment by JD (The Engine Room) — May 31, 2009 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  2. @JD, If you can get them, then a prize for you! Also, I was hoping you could illuminate why oh why there is no apostrophe in “Morrisons” by the way.

    Comment by mighty red pen — May 31, 2009 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

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