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Embarassing mistakes!

Embarrassing proofreading / editing mistakes

All too often, people think that passing a spell-checker over a piece of work is sufficient to prepare it for public consumption – hopefully the following unfortunate misprints will convince you otherwise! All the following quotes are genuine misprints taken from real publications – which, to save their embarrassment, will remain anonymous.

And remember, as you laugh at these mistakes, that you could be prompting exactly the same response with documents you produce if you don't have them proofread first. Is that really the response you want to provoke in editors assessing your work?

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Spelling errors

A computer spell checker wouldn't see the problem with these, but anyone else would:

For Rent

6-room hated apartment

And now, the Superstore

Unequalled in size, unmatched in variety, unrivalled inconvenience

Woman Wanted

To share Fat with another

Get rid of aunts

Zap does the job in 24 hours

Mr and Mrs Remington Taylor of Verona...

...formerly of Ithaca, were weakened guests of Mrs J. H. Barron of 145 Cascadilla Park

Our experienced Mom will take care of your child

Fenced yard, meals, and smacks included


You might get the spelling right, as well as the grammar, but this doesn't stop the sentence being total gibberish:

Here is an opportunity... purchase a charming small house at a price which bears no relation to its cost
The Cape Hatteras region, developed as America's first national seashore park, was visited by 306,328 persons, three times the attendance for the previous year when no attendance figures were kept.

Woman Wanted

To share Fat with another

Unintended meanings!

Even if your sentence makes perfect sense, you might not realise exactly what you're implying. It often takes a second pair of eyes to spot that you might not be saying exactly what you mean:

A superb and inexpensive restaurant

Fine food expertly served by waitresses in appetizing forms

Dinner Special

Turkey $2.35; Chicken or Beef $2.25; Children $2.00

For sale

An antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers
Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too.


Unmarried girls to pick fresh fruit and produce at night

We do not tear your clothing with machinery

We do it carefully by hand

Tired of cleaning yourself?

Let me do it.
Amazing luck in the Irish Sweep fell to a Kentish man who drew two tickets and a Sussex woman.

Dog for sale

Eats anything and is fond of children

Vacation Special:

Have your home exterminated

Sheer stockings

Designed for fancy dress, but so serviceable that lots of women wear nothing else.

Used Cars

Why go elsewhere to be cheated? Come here first!


Man to take care of cow that does not smoke or drink

Auto Repair Service

Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once, you'll never go anywhere again.
We will oil your sewing machine and adjust tension in your home for $1.00


Farm kittens, ready to eat.
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