Mighty Red Pen

May 2, 2011


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Well, nothing to get the Interwebs abuzz like the death of an internationally loathed individual such as Osama bin Laden. And nothing to get the word nerds abuzz like a  judiciously placed typo or other word-related mistake. So as you can probably imagine, the intersection of these two things created a lot of buzzing over in the word nerd Twitterverse today. Here are a couple of examples.

First up, there’s the matter of the error that the Fox News Sacramento affiliate proclaiming “Obama bin Laden Dead.”

Here’s Media Bistro on this, and at Breaking  Copy, there’s a run down of similar Osama/Obama mistakes.

Here’s another good one shared by Grant Barrett (h/t also to Fritinancy, who has a handy bin Laden lexicon), which shows how the unfortunate shortening of a much longer headline has President Obama in grave peril:

Yeah, I know. Oops, right?


UPDATE: For a really thorough treatment of Obama/Osama confusion, check out Regret the Error.



  1. Hah, Fox “accidently” made that mistake. How convenient. I head that BBC made that mistake as well.

    Comment by pqyzzz — May 3, 2011 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  2. fauxpas from fox

    Comment by abhishek — May 3, 2011 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  3. Yahoo made the same mistake on its front page, yahoo.com.

    Comment by Laura — May 20, 2011 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

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