Typos in the Times

Young writers, take heart! Even the elite occasionally get stumped by classic spelling errors.


Just yesterday, the New York Times ran a short article about an unusual atmospheric formation at Saturn’s north pole: a giant hexagonal cloud.
Hexagon on Saturn.jpg
Cool – if you like gigantic shapes made of hydrogen gas. The last sentence of the Times’s article said, “The NASA Cassini spacecraft took a series of similar infrared images between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11, and this pattern, probably a deep wave in the atmosphere, was almost stationery then.”
Stationery? That’s one big piece of paper.
A couple weeks ago, I spotted another spelling error in the Times. In an article’s title, the word “irrelevant” was spelled “irrelevent.” Maybe these errors aren’t that important, but I was surprised – and amused – to find them.

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