Glaring typo on front page of USA TODAY shows the importance of proofreading [Image]

Even though I am a (part-time) blogger and I should know better, I rarely (if ever) proofread. I am just physically and mentally incapable of making myself proofread (sort of like how I am incapable of making myself review the answers to an exam, after I have finished it; very bad habit, by the way). However, when you know your publication (whatever it may be) is going to be read by thousands (millions?) then you better be damn sure you proofread the thing before printing (virtually or otherwise). Otherwise, you will look like a fool — like USA TODAY. Check it out:


Now, in defense of USA TODAY, supposedly the “hisstory” is a play on words in reference to the Chevy SS that Danica Patrick topped in. However, if that is the case, then it should read “hiSStory” — otherwise it a typo in my book and many others.

I suppose it could also be a play on words of how in the history of NASCAR men have always topped in the series (hence ‘hisstory’)… but that is just plain stupid and deserve this: #fail. Hey, remember: my blog, my opinions — right or wrong!

[via Reddit]

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  • Embarrassed Reader

    If you read USA Today regularly, you’d know that it has tons of typos, grammatical errors, ommisions, and other errors every single day.

    It’s embarrassing how poorly they proofread and how little they care.

    It’s almost like they proofread like a junior high student: they run spellcheck once, then publish.

    Right now the featured story in the sports section has a typo after the 4th word.

    I regularly find typos in titles and photo
    captions and never go a full day without noticing several obvious errors.

    Shame on the USA Today staff. You’d think the people who run a newspaper would understand the importance of proofreading, but they clearly do not care at USA Today. I would be ashamed if I worked there.

    I wrote this comment on my phone, and it probably has less errors than the avaerage USA Today article.

  • Bruce

    Her story

  • Coyote

    [@vandamme] I would suspect Powerpoint, wordart, or the likes. Graphic designers don’t typically run their work through a spell check before pasting it on pictures.

    And what it is with typos and bad grammar recently? Not just big media but regular people too. Spellcheck does not = proofreading. Our local news will have typos in their on-air headlines worse than this…. and yeah local newpapers are the worst.

  • [@BR] Not surprising. Then again, up here in the woods of New York, the Daily Fishwrap has a typo, misspelling, syntax error, or editorial goof every day. And why doesn’t spell check work in headlines?

  • BR

    I am just impressed that USA Today is really a Texas newspaper…

  • Tom

    Are you sure it’s not “his story”?