Last month we had a news story whose headline suggested it was about a disembodied leg that knocked on a door for help. Following in its frisky footsteps* is a disarming report about a “Huge arsenal of forearms discovered in Otahuhu”:
Well, not really. What was meant, of course, was “firearms”. A typing lapse was followed by an editorial oversight, or several, resulting in what Stephen Bell (who brought it to my attention) described as a “spellchecker-proof typo”.
The content has been wiped from the original page, but a Google search for “huge arsenal of forearms” throws a few cached pages our way. It’s too good a typo to be allowed to disappear, and I can’t help but wonder who shouldered the blame for allowing it to elbow its way into publication.
* It actually dates from December 2009, but I didn’t see it then.