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Opening Arguments

You say apostle, I say . . .

Only April, and already we have a strong "typo of the year" candidate:

A spelling error appeared in a photo caption in which the word “apostle” was rendered as “apostate.” In referring to activities at the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last weekend, the caption read in part, “Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostates and other general authorities raise their hands in a sustaining vote. . . .”

Once the mistake was noticed, all available copies of the newspaper were removed from the racks and replaced with a sign directing students to view the paper online, said Brad Rawlins, chair of the Department of Communications.

And the explanation offered for the mistake is priceless. The word "apostle" was misspelled in the story, which was caught by the spell-checker software. Unfortunately, "apostate" was the top correction suggested by the spell checker, and the copy editor, on deadline an in a hurry, just clicked on it. Love technology!


Tue, 04/07/2009 - 9:17pm

I had to look up apostasy, but I agree that this might be the greatest typo of all typos . . . and it had to happen in LDS-land!

This begs the question: WWJSD?