We Regret The Error

Omitting a single letter can change the meaning of a statement, as the following sentences from the old periodicals illustrate (the words with a missing letter are in italics):

  • “The conflict was dreadful, and the enemy was repulsed with considerable laughter.”
  • “Robert Jones was yesterday brought before the sitting Magistrate, on a charge of having spoken reason at the Barleymow public-house.”
  • “In consequence of the numerous accidents occasioned by skaiting on the Serpentine River, measures are taking to put a top to it.”
  • “When Miss Leserve, late of Covent Garden Theatre, visited the ‘Hecla,’ she was politely drawn up the ship’s side by means of a hair.”
  • “At the Guildhall dinner, none of the poultry was eatable except the owls.”
  • “A gentleman was yesterday brought up to answer a charge of having eatena hackney-coachman for having demanded more than his fare; and another was accused of having stolen a small ox out of the Bath mail; the stolen property was found in his waistcoat pocket.”

Reference

Salem Register, 1827

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is learnfunfacts@gmail.com
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16 Responses to We Regret The Error

  1. ellenbest24 says:

    Brilliant examples of what we now refer to as typos, My teacher would have called poor attention to detail.
    The first held more impact I believe.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. jfrels says:

    “and another was accused of having stolen a small ox out of the Bath mail; the stolen property was found in his waistcoat pocket.”
    A small ox? In his waistcoat pocket?

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  3. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Can’t figure them all out??

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Mr. Mel says:

    Yea I laughed! Thank you for sharing.👍

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Reblogged this on Everyone Else Has the Best Titles and commented:
    These are great. Language is a tricky thing sometimes!

    Liked by 1 person

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