Glosso’s Gaffes

Posted Jan 27, 2017:


“The “special relationship” between President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May has gotten off to an awkward start. In a White House memo detailing the duo’s Oval Office meeting and joint press conference on Friday, staffers from the Office of the Press Secretary repeatedly spelled her name wrong. Instead of writing “Theresa” with an “h,” they wrote “Teresa.” In doing so, they confused May with the former British adult actress and model Teresa May of (almost) the same name. … The erotic model with a similar name is around a decade younger and has appeared in movies such as “Petticoat Passions Vol. 1” and “Lesbian Student Nurses.” Read the story at Huffington Post.


Posted Oct 21, 2016:

And now over to the other presidential candidate: according to TIME magazine, “Donald Trump mispronounced the word “Nevada” while trying to teach a Reno crowd how to say the name of their home state.” What’s with our linguistically-challenged presidential wannabes?


Posted Sep 16, 2016:

Barbra Streisand recently complained to iPhone’s head honcho about the smartphone’s incorrect pronunciation of her name.  “I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally,” Streisand recently told NPR’s Weekend Edition. The BBC has the report.


Posted Aug 12, 2016:

Spot the (non)deliberate mistake in this Gap ad.


Post June 10, 2016:

“It’s an error that has loomed over New York Harbor for more than 50 years: The name of the majestic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is spelled wrong. Despite a new petition drive to make it right — the bridge is named for 16th-century Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano (two Z’s) — the state authority that controls the span has stubbornly held to the one Z position it’s taken for years: We know it’s wrong, but we’re not changing it.” New York’s Daily News has the full story.


Posted June 10, 2016:

Can you spot the grammatical error in this TfL (London’s public transport) advertisement?

tfl ad

Clue: it’s a singular mistake. The Evening Standard has the full story.


Posted April 29, 2016:

GOP front-runner Mr. Donald Trump tried to talk about a country in Africa he’d presumably never heard of. He must have heard of Australia, because he made the name of the African nation rhyme with the Australian island state Tasmania. As you can see in the YouTube video above (and as reported around the world, including in The Independent), he gave Tanzania a bizarrely zany reading: “tan-ZAY-nee-uh”.


Posted Feb 26, 2016:


Britain’s supermarket chain Tesco had to apologize after including two howlers in a package of babygrows (or what we Americans call ‘onesies’). The Telegraph reports on some ‘awsome’ spelling.

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Posted Feb 2015:


Thanks to Ben Finane for the photo of this Park Slope, Brooklyn deli that isn’t going anywhere …


Posted Jan 9, 2015:

“He was a strong, eloquent leader who loved New York and it’s people.” Those were the words of condolence tweeted by New Jersey’s Governor Christie after the death of Mario Cuomo. The spelling error didn’t go unnoticed, as Mediaite reports.

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Posted Jan 9, 2015:

Ooops: Somerset County Council (in the UK) is a little red-faced after sending out a mobile library to encourage children to read — with a spelling mistake on the side of the bus. The Mirror has the story.

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Posted Oct 24, 2014:

The New York Jets need a proofreader. In the team’s hype video posted on its Facebook page before last night’s game against the New England Patriots, this blooper took the winds out of the football team’s sails. Deadspin broke the sorry story.



Posted Aug 13, 2014:

“Council bosses in Aberdeen were left red-faced after an “unfortunate oversight” in an in-house publication became an unlikely hit online. An image of the front cover of the local authority’s newsletter that is distributed to council housing tenants, Newsbite, has been shared widely on social media. The letter ‘b’ was obscured by the front page image, leaving a rather different headline.” The UK’s Press and Journal gave us this newsbite …