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BYU Student Error Causes Paper Recall

Learn to spell, Mormon

Jesus and his 12 apostates, prostates, postrates, a postman, apostles.

Jesus and his 12 apostates, prostates, posthaste, a postman, apostles.

This is why relying on a spellchecker’s auto-correct function is a bad idea. 18,500 copies of The Daily Universe, the student newspaper for Brigham Young University, a Mormon university, had to be recalled Monday after it went to print with a potentially embarrassing error.  It seems a student journalist mistyped the word “apostle” when captioning a photo and the program auto-corrected the word to “apostate.”  According to the apology subsequently printed in the corrected edition, the mistake went down like so.

“A spelling error appeared in a photo caption in which the word ‘apostle’ was rendered as ‘apostate.’ In referring to activities at the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last weekend, the caption read in part, ‘Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostates and other general authorities raise their hands in a sustaining vote. . .”

On second thought, if the auto-correct function leads student journalists to accidentally call their church elders apostates, I’m its biggest advocate, because that is comedy gold.  You can’t make this stuff up. Although, apparently spellcheck can.

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April 8, 2009 - Posted by | Daily Whims, News You May or May Not Use | , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. I love the “Mor(m)on” joke up top. I was disappointed when that wasn’t the actual error.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. haha, that’s funny. The headline AND the article. 😉

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. The Daily Universe. That’s the name of their paper?

    Think BIG, Mormon Students. I like that.

    Comment by queencrone | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Then the spellchecker software, written on gold plates, just disappeared.

    Comment by Run-DMS | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. Run, that was great.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hahahaha!! Gotta agree – the Mormon/Moron and gold plate jokes are awesome!!

    I’ve been slammed w/work, so haven’t been visiting as frequently … I miss you guys!! 🙂

    Comment by SeaKat | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. I miss you too SeaKat! 😀

    Comment by queencrone | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. Ditto-ing QC’s comment! *hugs*

    Comment by TheHobo | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  9. I was sort of hoping for “apostholes.”

    Comment by HolyChow | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  10. Awww, hugs back! And, apostholes?? Ahhahahhaha!! Isn’t that what you get when the city does half-assed road repair?

    Comment by SeaKat | April 8, 2009 | Reply


  11. Run-DMS said:

    Then the spellchecker software, written on gold plates, just disappeared.

    On gold plates given to him by Moroni, you’ll note.

    It all fits! It’s a code! <insert crappy conspiracy theory here, get suspicious comb-over, write book and wait for it to get turned into shitty movie>

    Comment by rl | April 8, 2009 | Reply


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