Typos are a common occurrence in online journalism—particularly the quick-turnaround, deadline-oriented stuff that’s been making its way through the Interweb this afternoon. Normally, we wouldn’t quibble about, let alone bother to point out, individual errata. Nature of the beast, and all.

However, sometimes errors and their makers can be ironic—like the kid who, writing his college application essay, declares, “If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m a profectionist.” And today the HuffPo, citing McClatchy, gave us such an error:


Yeah: oops. I mean, ops.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.