Typos happen to everyone, even professional writers and grammar snobs. That’s why copy editors are golden. After last night’s gaffe involving a typo gone viral, Mitt Romney’s campaign staffers probably would surmise that solid proofreading skills are worth their weight in platinum.
Romney’s campaign released the “I’m with Mitt” Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone app on Tuesday evening to celebrate the former Massachusetts governor’s unofficial nabbing of the GOP presidential nomination, USA TODAY reported. The app enables users to customize 14 different banners, but one of the banners included a glaring typo: “A Better Amercia.”
It’s unlikely that anything moves faster than a viral typo made by a presidential nominee — especially when the error is the misspelling of the country said nominee is hoping to lead. Within minutes of the app’s debut, social media platforms buzzed with commentary about the gaffe. There’s already a popular Twitter hashtag for Amercia.
Three funny examples:
- @acc: Some poor app designer is getting strapped in a cage on the top of a car and driven across country tonight. #amercia
- @TeaPartyCat: Mitt Romney misspelled America on his new app, which is no big deal until he invades Iraq when he meant Iran. #amercia
- @jimgeraghty: If you think Mitt Romney is stiff, boring and predictable, check out his wild-and-crazy typos. #Amercia
Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul told MSNBC the campaign has submitted a corrected app to Apple. Regarding the actual typo, Saul said, “Mistakes happen.”
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