Monday smile – Printer’s errors

This week Twitter served up a delightful error from 2016:

My British publisher replaced pants with trousers and the book WENT TO PRINT with the word occutrousers.

Which brought to mind this similar gem:

“Do potatoes have rhythm? This is what a printing error suggests in the first edition of Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy. Describing a gleeful scene featuring two characters, the passage described them ‘harmoniously abandoning themselves to the rhythm of the music – like two small chips being tossed about on a rough but friendly sea’. While it’s obviously supposed to be “ships”, the idea of chips surrendering to music is oddly pleasing.” 😂


Credit: Kallisti Publishing for the ‘American Tragedy’, and Aprilynne Pike for the ‘pants’.

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