The Library of Congress recently released an inaugural poster of our new President with a quote from him — and as you can see below it had a big, embarrassing typo in it.
It’s true. The Library of Congress, for God’s sake! The home of hundreds of thousands of books, started when Congress purchased the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, apparently doesn’t employ a decent proofreader who knows the difference between “to” and “too.”
It’s sad, but it’s not really surprising. Proofreading is an art that is pretty much gone with the wind. People used to pride themselves on zealously catching typos and misspellings and other written errors. These days, though, people type things up and blast them out, whether via Twitter or blogs or Facebook, and nobody bothers to check them for spelling or grammar or the proper use of the King’s English. We’ve gotten to the point where we basically accept the casual typo or the misuse of a word because . . . well, because we’re just in too much of a hurry to pay attention to those little, trifling details. As I said . . . it’s sad.
But really — the Library of Congress? The official inaugural poster? If there’s one thing that should be proofread to a fare the well, that’s it. For shame!