A Most Unfortunate Commencement Typo at UT Austin

We’ll let you spot the typo to end all typos. Need­less to say, the school has issued its mea cul­pa on Twit­ter and start­ed print­ing new com­mence­ment brochures. Now they’ll wait with bat­ed breath to see if their goof becomes fod­der for The Dai­ly Show. We all make mis­takes and then we move on. via Jim Romanesko

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  • Bat­ed breath. Com­mon mis­take, only exac­er­bat­ed by Mork’s com­ment, “with worm on tongue”.

  • mary says:

    Those of us library employ­ees always fear mak­ing this typo!

  • mark says:

    I love Long­horn jokes

  • Anna says:


  • Ash says:

    Nev­er rely on your spellcheck­er. They are often wrong; even when right.

  • I sent out a let­ter addressed to Mr Pren­der­gast that had been changed to Mr Ped­erast. Bah! spellcheck­ers.

  • AC says:

    Yeah, you can’t blame this one on spell check.

  • deuce says:

    I sent out a let­ter one time, invit­ing the recip­i­ents to a Pubic Cer­e­mo­ny.

    I did­n’t real­ize it till I got an RSVP with the let­ter returned, the word cir­cled, with the com­ment, “I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing this”.

  • Tom says:

    Sil­ly me.

    I thought it was a com­ment on Charles Whitman“s Unlim­it­ed Pos­si­bil­i­ties while tar­get shoot­ing unfor­tu­nate passers by from this same clock tow­er.

  • Brian Martin says:

    Wrong Pres­i­dent I would have thought.

  • Kulturtrager says:

    I was direct­ed to this sto­ry.
    It’s a non-sto­ry.
    I saw pubic instead of pub­lic; thought, oh well, mis­takes happens…no big deal.

    But we need hype don’t we?

    Typo of all typos? The school uses words like’ inex­cus­able’, ‘deep­est apolo­gies’.

    If I was a stu­dent there I would­n’t expect such a grov­el­ling apol­o­gy. I would expect a new book­let. That’s all that’s need­ed.

  • Tim says:

    I have devel­oped a ‘safe­ty catch’ for this (from bit­ter expe­ri­ence): Go to your ‘Auto­cor­rect Options’ in MS Word, and tell it to auto­mat­i­cal­ly replace ‘pubic’ with ‘pub­lic’.

    Of course, erot­ic fic­tion writ­ers may wish to do the oppo­site.

  • Ted Reynolds says:

    When­ev­er I refer to my acquain­tance Lar­ia in my e‑mail, my spellcheck­er wants to change her name to “Labia”. It would be a mis­take on my part to com­ply.

  • Christina B. says:

    I pre­dict enroll­ment has sharply gone up…

  • Emery Roe says:

    Well, we all knew con­tem­po­rary pol­i­cy analy­sis and pub­lic man­age­ment were in trou­ble, but this is hair-rais­ing…

  • PropellerHead says:

    The trag­ic pair­ing of John­son and Pubic is price­less. Man, that’s a hairy sit­u­a­tion hav­ing to pull out and recall all those brochures! Who did they have proof­read that? Some limp old one-eyed mon­ster? Bwa­ha­ha­ha!

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