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There's a tyop... typo, but it's not just buried in the body of the text. No, it's in what should be the very most obvious spot, right there on the cover of the book or album or the headline of the newspaper or the opening credits of the movie. Like a zit. You don't even have to be a Grammar Nazi
to see they got it wrong. Not that we don't all make typos.
There are probably a copule on this page...
but not all of us have proofreaders on retainer. And even so—it's the cover.
You'd think even the laziest proofreader would notice.
There is actually a valid psychological reason that this happens as often as it does. Our brains have an inbuilt tendency to automaticallly corect th speling
as we read, which makes it easy to read around typos. And when it comes to titles and headlines, we naturally assume that for something as big and important as that, of course somebody else would have caught a big obvious mistake, right? So if they're not careful, or if they're rushing to meet a deadline, even a trained professional copyeditor can overlook the biggest error until it's too late. As well, cover designs tend to be done at the tail end of the production process, so the time crunch can make it that much easier for an error to get through.
This trope often serves to embarrass distributors of official materials, as pretty much the only thing they're supposed to do in regards to the distribution is make sure that everything is correctly spelled. On the other hand, if they catch the typo and fix it, it just makes the printing including the typo more collectible.
Keep in mind that the typo must be on the cover (or the equivalent) to qualify for this trope. If it's hidden in the end credits, it doesn't count. Can be your first clue that They Just Didn't Care
If the misspelling is done on purpose
, then it's Inherited Illiteracy Title
See Also: Grammar Nazi
, Rouge Angles of Satin
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- According to the advertising, John Cena, when not wrestling, runs a "weigth loss" business.
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- Chrono Crusade was originally "Chrno" Crusade, because Daisuke Moriyama screwed up (and allegedly his editors didn't want fans to confuse it with Chrono Trigger). They fixed this in later releases, with the offending o highlighted in flames.
- This fact didn't stop the significant chunk of the Western fanbase that had seen the manga and/or anime through fansubs from absolutely refusing to accept the correct spelling for years, insisting that North American licensor ADV was the one that got it wrong.
- At least one pressing of disc 3 of The Vision of Escaflowne had this rather bizarre cut-n-paste typo. There are other printings of the same disc that were correct, however.
- The back cover of the Kurokami DVD set boasts the slogan "DESTORY DESTINY".
- Transformers Energon gives us the episodes "Scorpinok" (which should be "Scorponok"), "A Tale of Two Heros", "Improsoned Inferno", and "Deception Army" (which should be "Decepticon Army") (the latter two were corrected on the DVD release). (See also The Transformers below)
- ADV Films' collected boxset of the Slayers movies misspelled its own tagline (when the individual DVD releases had spelled it correctly): "One's cool, One's hot; One's busty, The other's not!" The re-release accidentally left the "t" out of "busty".
- The English release of Dragon Ball has one title card read as "The Spirit Canon" – it's about Tenshinhan's Tri Beam, which is also called the spirit cannon.
- The opening of Samurai Pizza Cats misspelled "Samuri" at one point.
- In the first three episodes of Amagi Brilliant Park, when the opening starts and the book first opens, it reads "It's not a fairy tail". However, later episodes use the correct spelling, "It's not a fairy tale".
- Cerebus the Aardvark has its origins in this trope. "Cerberus" was the intended name of a fanzine. As Dave Sim recounted:
Dave Sim: "Not to worry," I said, somewhat less than eager to reletter the logo and figure out how to squeeze in an extra letter and transpose two others, "we’ll just say that Cerebus is the name of the cartoon aardvark mascot."
- There was an infamous issue of Marvel Two In One where a typo transformed the title to Marvel Two On One. To makes things worse, the two characters appearing in that issue were the Thing and the Man-Thing.
- The jacket of the hardcover collection of the first few issues of Avengers Academy talks about "these five young heroes" before describing each of the six students.
- The Daredevil issue that introduced Elektra spelled her name as "Elecktra" on the cover.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 has one "variant" cover with the caption "ISSAC NEWTON." Isaac Newton's name is similarly misspelled in promo copy for some other issues, but not within the comic books themselves.
- There's one trade paperback of Captain America comics that, if you believe the cover and the spine, collects the entire "Scourge of the Underwolrd" story.
- The trade collection of Army of Darkness Vs. Hack Slash has "Hack/Skash" on the spine.
- Tales to Astonish #44: "Ant-Man and the The Wasp battle the creature from Kosmos!!"
- One collected volume of Powers is apparently named "Cosimic".
- Jack Squad: — It says "ban together" instead of "band together" on the back cover.
- Make a Wish: — It says "braniac" instead of "brainiac" on the back. The character in question is not a maniac for bran.
- Mexican Werewolf in Texas: They capitalized the T in "the" on the cover where it says, "Terror has just crossed the border." That would be forgivable if it wasn't for the back cover, which reads, "It's hunger knows no bounds." It is hunger knows no bounds?
- On the Run: Ally Farson II: A crappy, VERY low budget movie with various spelling errors and punctuation problems on the back.
- The Mystery Science Theater 3000-featured sci-fi film The Eye Creatures was changed to Attack of the Eye Creatures. The title screen was changed accordingly, but they added "Attack of the" instead of "Attack of," making the title Attack of the The Eye Creatures. B-movie fans have called it by this name ever since.
- Another episode was the movie "The Brain That Wouldn't Die", while the end credits identified it as (the more accurate) "The Head That Wouldn't Die"
- On one public-domain DVD of the Sherlock Holmes movie ''Dressed to Kill', the spine spells the hero's name as "Sherlok Holmes."
- In the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes, the opening credits feature a newspaper headline proclaiming "Sherlock Holmes Aides Police." Apparently, Holmes has aides... who are police.
- This one on the DVD of the documentary Dust to Glory. "From the creator's of..."
- One cheap DVD of Death Rides a Horse has a double example on the front cover: "The Lenghts One Man Will Go to Take His Rewenge".
- Extremely common on bootleg copies, for obvious reasons. The Crappy Bootleg DVD Covers pool on Flickr is a treasure trove of these.
- Ray Dennis Steckler started making a straight crime movie, but when it wasn't working out, had two principals become low-budget superheroes Rat Pfink and Boo Boo - which would have been the movie's title, but the title artist read it as Rat Pfink A Boo Boo. Possibly this was interpreted as a pun on the mid-60s expression "a go go".
- Lynne Truss wrote that her impetus to write Eats, Shoots & Leaves, a book about punctuation and the misuse thereof, was seeing a poster for the film Two Weeks Notice and noticing, to her horror, that there was no apostrophe after the word "weeks".
- The back cover for the film Blood Red Moon has 'Behind the Sceens' on it.
- The blurb on the back of the Collector's Edition of Psycho says "the ill-fated traveler whose journey and in the notorious shower scene," instead of "ends."
- The '70s camp classic thriller Night of a 1,000 Cats.
- Elijah Wood is credited as Elijah Woods on the cover of Ash Wednesday.
- A rather nitpicky example happened in the fourth Harry Potter movie, where fans threw a fit after the teaser posters lacked a comma on its tagline (Difficult times lie ahead (,) Harry). The studio actually listened to the protests and redid the poster with the correct quote.
- A DVD of Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes was full of typos, including lots of things that don't even look like any real word. Also listed, among the DVD extras, "Scorning the Film" (instead of "scoring").
- One version of the Atlas Shrugged film was labeled "Atlas Schrugged" on the cover (no, that's not German).
- One very cheap DVD release of The Monster Maker refers to the film as The Monter Maker.
- One DVD release of Shotgun misspells Riff Hutton's (one of the leading actors) name as Riff Hotton.
- The Stunt Man. On the film's website, in the section about the movie itself, the menu bar includes "Film Qoutes" as an option.
- The blurb of The Mummy 2 calls Brendan Frasier's character Rich. It's meant to be Rick.
- At least one of the trailers for Magic Mike misspells the word "boyfriend" as "boyriend".
- The Elf That Rescued Christmas, the English version of the film The Magic Crystal. In Duckyworth's review, he sums that up as one of the major warning signs that Finnish animation company Anima Vitae didn't care:
Yeah, as I said before, if the film can’t even get the title grammatically correct, then we’re in SERIOUS trouble...
- The title card of Savage Vengeance, the sort-of sequel to I Spit on Your Grave, reads "Savage Vengance".
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- On one Doctor Who VHS release, the name of the Doctor's companion Peri is misspelled "Perry."
- Though not appearing on the DVD cover, one of the subtitles in Robin Hood originally referred to a location as "Crusader's Frontier", giving the impression that there was only one single crusader present during the entirety of the Third Crusade. Later re-runs and the DVDs mended the mistake with the correct grammar: Crusaders' Frontier.
- The American release of My Generation, the first LP from The Who, misspelled the surnames of Pete Townshend and John Entwistle — dropping the silent H from the former's name, and apparently inserting it into the latter's.
- On some printings of Starflyer 59's self-titled first album, the text on the disc itself reads "Starflier 59".
- The cover for Rofo's Flaslight on a Disconight◊
- Cappadonna's cover for Slang Prositution◊
- Jethro Tull's first single "Sunshine Day" had the band's name spelled "Jethro Toe" on the label.
- Jimi Hendrix successfully sued his British record label for a mistake in the first pressing of Electric Ladyland LPs that had them issued as Electric Landlady.
- The original CD issue of London Calling by The Clash credited "The Guns of Brixton" to Paul Simon instead of Paul Simonon, as well as listing the title track as being five minutes long instead of three.
- "Train In Vain" was technically a secret track on the original London Calling LP, but wasn't intended to be; the band decided to include the track after the artwork was completed. The original CDs have it listed as the final track, while the 1999 and 2004 reissues use the original artwork and therefore make no mention of it.
- The tracklist on the back of the original CD issue of REM's Life's Rich Pageant interprets the track sequence loosely.
- The original CD and vinyl issues of Green have a faintly visible "4" sharing space with the "R" in "R.E.M." and an "R" where the "4" should be for the fourth track; the former was a mistake that the band decided to keep, and the latter an intentional move inspired by the former.
- Pink Floyd's Soundtrack from the Film More credits David Gilmour as David Gilmore. Though given the name of the film, it's been speculated that it could have been a deliberate pun.
- The back cover of the compilation Gimme Indie Rock Vol. 1 mistakenly lists Dinosaur Jr.'s "Little Fury Things" as "Little Furry Things".
- The back of the "Supercharged" compilation lists Sum 41's "Fat Lip" as "Fat Up".
- The lyric sheet on The Bellamy Brothers' Rip Off the Knob album contains several typos, including "When the DJ says, 'callin' to win some cash'" instead of "call in to win some cash" in the title track. It also includes a re-recording of "Stayin' in Love" with Freddy Fender singing some of the verses in Spanish, but you'd never know that from the lyric book — on top of that, the verses that are included are out of order.
- Country Music session guitarist/record producer Dann Huff likely has the most-misspelled name in Nashville, as far too many albums leave off the second N.
- Nirvana's Bleach credits both "Kurdt Kobain" (intentional example) and "Chris Novoselic" (only by In Utero he would use his birth name Krist, in the Croatian spelling).
- The Zombies' Odessey and Oracle, which they initially tried to pass off as a pun combining "odyssey" and "odes".
- Emilie Autumn's Fight Like A Girl has an odd example: the inner sleeve shows a piece of note paper headed "How I Sread the Plague today". It's handwritten, so it's not a typo as such, but there's no obvious stylistic reason for spelling it that way.
- According to the back cover and the physical disc itself, track #7 of Versailles' Anthologie is called "MASQAURADE".
- The first pressing of Aerosmith's Self-Titled Album listed their Cover Version of Rufus Thomas' "Walkin' The Dog" as "Walkin' The Dig". The second edition corrected the track-listing.
- Some copies of Helmet's Strap It On erroneously list the song "Bad Mood" as "Bad Moon" - maybe someone thought of "Bad Moon Rising" and got confused.
- The album Jolly What! released by Vee-Jay had four songs by the The Beatles: "Please, Please Me", "Ask Me Why", "From Me to You", and "Thank You Girl"—the only four songs for which they were sure they held the rights (they released those songs as singles in 1963). Since they couldn't release an album with only four songs, they included eight more by Frank Ifield. Also, the re-release had a picture of the Fab Four on the cover, listing the four songs of theirs that were on the album. And the same typo appeared in the liner notes of both covers: "It is with a good deal of pride and pleasure that this copulation has been presented." Considering that fans were being screwed out of their money, this might have been deliberate.
- The cover art to Electric Six's Mustang depicts the back of a woman who is wearing a spray-painted jean jacket with the band's name and album title on it, but the band's name is spelled "Eletric Six"... Their name is spelled correctly elsewhere on the cover, though. According to Dick Valentine, this was a mistake that happened when they commissioned the artwork, and they decided to Throw It In both because it was funny and because it would have been expensive to correct.
- In Tally Hall's song "The Whole World and You" stories is misspelled as sotries. Lampshaded in the video with a shelf labeled SRCEWS.
- Tupac Shakur's final album was recorded under his alias, Makaveli, the Don of the Outlawz. He wanted the album to be called "Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory," and told his label as much. Unfortunately, someone screwed up the subtitling after his death and actually changed the official name of the album; instead of "Makaveli the Don presents Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory," the record became "Makaveli presents The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory."◊
- The 1996 remaster of Thin Lizzy 's Fighting has the track "King's Vengeance" incorrectly titled as 'King's Revenge' on the rear sleeve and CD label, and misspelled as 'King's Vengance' in the review inside the booklet.
- Certain budget cd reissues of Black Sabbath's Sabotage render the title Sabbotage on the disc itself. While that's somewhat understandable, given the title is sort of a pun on the band's name, more puzzling is the fact that in a different place on the disc, it's also spelled abbotage.
- Rather infamously, Doctor Who Magazine misspelled Peter Davison's name as "Peter Davidson" on the cover when they announced his taking on the role. They acknowledged this in DWM 389, the issue dedicated to "Time Crash", where they finally wrote "Peter Davison is the Doctor!" And so is David Tennant! on the cover correctly and pointed out they'd spelled his name right this time. They later admitted in DWM 400 that this is the one mistake they'll never live down.
- Yahoo! News in January 2012 posted a teaser for an article on a "famous sentator's nasty sports injuries"◊ on their homepage for all to see, about Sentator Kerry.
- The Valley News once misspelled its name as "Valley Newss"
- The Guardian used to be infamous for its typos and once - the legend goes - misprinted its own name. It's still known as The Grauniad, and if you type grauniad.co.uk into your address bar you'll be redirected to the main site.
- Slate blogger Matt Yglesias is notorious for his typos.
- The Daily Mail often contains many typos, mispellings and missing words.
- Some of the early runs of Spider-Man (Stern) has Venom's mission spelled as "You Ooze, You Loose." Together with Venom's other missions "Brock's New Suit" and "Goo on You," this makes it sound like his motif is involuntary bowel movements.
- The front page (so far that's all there is) for the United Wrestling Network includes the line, "NEW SANCTIONING BODY FOR PRO WRESLING ESTABLISHED."
- One sourcebook for the pen-and-paper RPG Exalted was accidentally titled the Roll of Glorious Divininty.
- A Palladium roleplaying game first edition had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangness on its spine.
- The initial print of Colossal Kaiju Combat card game's "Combat Deck" starter monsters featured "Invader X-05: Planet Kller" (sic).
- The Storyteller's Companion book for Mage: The Ascension Revised Edition has "Mage Stoytellers Companion" on its spine.
- Some printings of the Pathfinder Advanced Class Guide (a book of rules for players) have the logo of the Pathfinder Adventure Path (a line of pre-made adventures for GMs) on the front cover.
- The first edition of Wraith: The Oblivion had its logo printed in glow-in-the-dark ink, making it illegible under any conditions in which you might actually read the book. It also had two typos in the back cover copy.
- One mid-90s wave of X-Men figures from Toy Biz was described on the packaging as having "muntant" armor. Much of this line was made up of unused figures from a cancelled wave of Iron Man figures, adding to the They Just Didn't Care feeling.
- There exists an Edward Cullen doll whose packaging describes him as having "ming-reading" powers.
- The high-profile Masterpiece Optimus Prime is truly "More than meets teh eye", according to the package.
- Beast Machines Mirage carries a "piasma mine blaster."
- Classics Megatron wields a giant "canon."
- "Grappel Grip Mudflap" is either a misspelling or a way of avoiding trademarks. If the latter, then TF 2010 Solar Storm Grappel's American package got it wrong by naming him Grapple.
- Even when Grapple is the correct name, such as with his Commemorative Series re-release, labeling him as "Auotbot Grapple" is still not right.
- The packaging of Beast Wars 10th Anniversary Megatron refers to the Predacon ship as a "Preadcon" ship.
- Onua's name used to be misspelled as "Onya" on the main character page and in his header on the BIONICLE 2015 site, before being corrected.
- The French version of Halo 3: ODST tells you to use your skills to attain vcitory.
- The original PS2 release of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness tells us on the title screen that it's "Publishied by Atlus Inc."
- The PC version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 listed in its system requirements that it requires a 800GHz processor to run.
- The Color Dreams/Bunch Games NES title Tagin' Dragon.
- The Resident Evil title for the 3DS is, if you go by the side of the box, Resident Evil "Revelaitons". When asked about it, Capcom's PR said they were very, very tired at the time.
- The DVD game Eamonn Holmes' Spell... (which was an Unofficial Official tie-in with the BBC series Hard Spell; as in, it was a spelling game, and it had Eamonn Holmes, but it wasn't Hard Spell) was hastily withdrawn after the producers sent a batch to host Eamonn Holmes to autograph — which, ironically, misspelled his name on the cover as "Eamon Holmes"
- You can find a copy of Tom Clancy's Splinetr Cell for the original Xbox.
- According to the official trailer, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is copyright to CAPCPOM.
- The sixth Virus Invasion game is called Virus Invasion Ledgend
- Transformers Convoy No Nazo is called "Mystery of Comvoy" according to the box art.
- According to the back of the box, Superman 64 has the full name of The New Superman Aventures. Considering that Titus Software was a French company, they probably forgot to translate the French word "aventures" into "adventures."
- The titles of the Sega Master System games Psycho Fox and Monopoly were clearly misprinted on some cartridge labels as "Psyco Fox" and "Mono Poly".
- The UK version of Putt-Putt Joins the Circus lists the minimum required OS as "Windows 75".
- Zanac, on the title screen of the NES version, credits Compile with having "desinded" the game.
- The cover of Touhou 12.5 says "Double Spoier".
- The subtitle of Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force was spelled Full Metal Forth in the original Sharp X68000 version; the later ports and PlayStation remake corrected this.
- Inverted in Wild Guns, where the end credits list the people responsible for "planing".
- The side of the game case for the American version of Naruto: Powerful Shippuden calls the famous ninja in orange as "Nartuo".
- The Japan-only Virtual Boy game Virtual Lab was apparently licensed by Nintendo, but somebody apparently lost count of the N's: "Nintenndo" is credited on the back of the box, and "Ninntenndo" on the cartridge label.
- Episode 9 of Ambition is titled "The Marriage Counsellor".
- Some copies of Dynamite Slugger for the Neo Geo Pocket Color have "Dynamite Sluggaer" printed on the spine.
- According to the title screen, the NES version of Lifeforce was apparently licensed by "Nintend of America".
- The back of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days tells players about the "seriesfirst multiplayer mode".
- The title screen for the Doom mod 2002: A Doom Odyssey features the phrase "You're ticket back to Hell." The 10th Anniversary Edition omits it entirely.
- The title screen for George Broussard's Pharaohs Tomb credits him as "George Broussad." That's right, he misspelled his own name on the title screen of a game he created himself.
- The annotation on the cover of Russian Essentials version of God of War Collection mentions that in the first game you have to defeat Ares, "god of w ar".
- One of the first games for PS2, Dark Cloud, had numerous typos, the most glaring of which was the title card that came up when entering the desert village Muska Lacka, which read "Muska Racka".
- The Cheetahmen II prototype cartridges were recycled Action 52 cartridges with a gold sticker pasted over the label reading "Cheetamen II."
- Wizball was misspelled "WIZZBALL" on cassette tape labels.
- The title screen of Gateway to Apshai gives the game's name as "Gateway to Aphsai".
- A UK budget rerelease of Rayman 2 (to promote Rayman Raving Rabbids) identifies the game as "Rayman 2 The Greeat Escape" on its spine.
- Early copies of Final Fantasy VII call the game a "masterip ece" on the back cover. This was corrected in later print runs, making these copies more valuable for an already valuable game.
- A 1982 DOS game named Missle Strike. Ouch. The word "missle" also shows up in help text, so it was a spelling error rather than a typo.
- The Nostalgia Critic already misspells many scenes due to Doug's dyslexia, but his review of We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story manages to open with a title card reading "The Nostaglia Critic presents".
- The Team Fortress 2 fan video "A Wrench in the Gears", which was a submission for the annual Saxxy awards, had spellings errors in the opening title card due to the creator having to rush on the last day. Ultimately the video was disqualified for being submitted a few minutes late, but still got an honorable mention.
- A heavily publicized embarrassing incident occurred at the 2013 NCAA College World Series in Omaha, where the NCAA misspelled the name of the event on the third base dugout.◊
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus received her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2010. Unfortunately, the "Louis" in her name was misspelled as "Luis" and the hyphen was left out.
- For a brief period in 2007, Conservapedia, a highly conservative alternative to Wikipedia, touted itself as "The Trusworthy Encyclopedia".
- In this Snickers commercial, a groundskeeper for the NFL is dismayed when it's pointed out that he has misspelled the name of the Kansas City Chiefs. "But who are the Chefs?"
- In Rave Master, Gale Glory accidentally misspells the name of his and Gale Raregroove's news business as "Demon Card" instead of "Demon Guard". He said he was up all night getting it ready, so a lack of sleep may have been a factor.
- In-universe example in episode 7 of Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?. Cocoa prints some flyers for "Rabbit House", the coffee shop where she lives and works part time. But as Rize hands them out in the park, it visibly says "Rabbit Horse". Chino later points this out, and then regrets not proofreading it beforehand. Rize also says she didn't realize it until they mentioned it to her.
- Nozaki and Miyako raised one example each in episode 9 of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, both of it caused by Maeno's incompetence.
- Nozaki wanted his old oneshot to be called Wavering Heartbeat (Furueru Kodou). Maeno changed Furueru to the more cutesy Furu-furu, but didn't get the "Kodou." Eventually, as published, the title became Shakey-shake Kondounote (Yuru-yuru Kondou).
- Miyako wanted the title to be Otsuka-kun no Jijou (Otsuka-kun's Circumstances), but Maeno transposed the last two kanji, making it Otsuka-kun no Jouji (Otsuka-kun's Love Affairs).
- When Joanie Caucus and Rick Redfern prepare to send their wedding invitations in Doonesbury, Rick asks a horrified Joanie, "Who's this 'Bick Redfern' you're marrying?" The invitations are sent out with a correction card identifying the "bridegoon" as Rick, not Bick, and a second correction card for the first.
- Idiocracy features several things spelled incorrectly on covers, signs, people's clothing, etcetera. Justified due to the average IQ of the world's population dropping to about room temperature in Celsius.
- In "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", the name of the mother of the bride, "Harriet," is printed as "Harry" on the invitations. There's a bonus misspelling as well; the bride's last name, Portokalos, is printed in Greek as Ρορτοκάλος, rather than Πορτοκάλος.
- Something Old - Short film about a bride-to-be who has just discovered a typo on her wedding invitations... which causes chaos.
- In Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Kelly Cooper is supposed to be launching a book called Jump on the Potty. However, in a case of Acquired Error At The Printer, she ends up with a book titled Dump on the Potty.
- In The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, there is a minor plot point about a first-edition printing of the novel The Hogan... which has the misspelled title The Dogan.
- Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge: "Rainbows End" is the name of a retirement home. One of the characters wonders if the missing apostrophe was left out deliberately.
- Discworld also has some in-universe examples of Typoes on the Cover. In fact, in The Truth, the newspaper is called Ankh-Morpork Times because William was going to call it Ankh-Morpork Items but a typesetter got the letters out of order. That book also has "The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret."
- Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel INTENDED to call his solo album Calm Caravan, but the 'a' and 'l' got transposed, and it ended up being Clam Caravan. This extends to the title track, which was included on the group's second real world album Break Like the Wind.
- In the third act of Neil Simon's play Plaza Suite, Roy Hubley is annoyed to find that the napkins for which he has paid handsomely for his daugther Mimsey's marriage to Borden Eisler identify the event as the "Eisler-Hubly" wedding.
- In Mad About You, along with some other mistakes in the planning of a wedding, the invitations go out with a misspelling.
- Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays - The 9th episode of the 1st season is called Ridicule, and centers around how the stress of his book's typos and the strain of modern publicity cause David to break out in a nasty rash.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Bubble Boy", George and Susan visit the bubble boy and get into a fight over a misprint on a Trivial Pursuit card; the bubble boy correctly identifies the Moors as the people who ruled most of Spain in the Middle Ages, but George insists that as the card says "Moops", he can only accept that answer.
- Friends example: Rachel sends out cover letters with her resumes touting her excellent compuper skills.
- EVE Online has an in-game item the Pax Amarria, a treatise on religion by the God Emperor Heideran VII. It also has the rarer in-game item the Pax Ammaria, the 62nd printing of said book, which had the title misspelled exactly once. On the cover. This resulted in the suicide of a NPC printers' foreman, and an order by the Theology Council to recall and destroy the entire print run of several million copies.
- Sluggy Freelance:
Torg: I'm done!
Riff: You finished brainstorming the concept for the greatest comic book of all time?
Torg: No, I finished the whole comic book! It's a cowboy-western-psychological-horror-action-romance-thriller!
Riff: You did this in, what? Three hours?
Torg: When you have clarity of vision and a good printer things move pretty quickly. And as long as you don't overwork it, then end result is perfection!
Riff: You misspelled 'Western'.
Torg: Only on the cover.
- The Simpsons has what appears to be an (unmentioned) in-universe example in the form of "The Big Book of British Smiles" - or, according to the cover, "The Big Book Of of British Smiles".