FFS, TV companies – learn to spell!

So I’m watching an episode of The Almighty Johnsons on SyFy last week, when what pops up at the end:

The Almighty Johnsons Epsiode

Do you want a sneak peek of next week’s ‘epsiode’ (sic)? No, me neither.

Anyway, I assume that’s a one-off. But I’m watching Kung Fu on CBS Action not half an hour later and what do I see?

Kung Fu Episdoe

Yes, there’s going to be a new ‘episdode’ (sic) tonight.

Episode: it’s not a hard word to spell. It’s the kind of word that you’d think TV networks would have to be able to spell correctly on frequent occasions, it being quite vital to their business. So why can’t they spell it correctly?

  • Spelling is overratted! 😉

  • Spelling is overratted! 😉

  • Since I’m writing about TV a lot, I have to spell “episode” quite often. And I find that I have to backspace every other time because it comes out as “epsiode”. I don’t know what it is about that word. Even worse is “antoher” instead of “another”. And why should “the” be so damned difficult? Oh, the shame! The shame!
    I’m not excusing them, though – they should have editors on the job.
    (And now I better do a damned good job of spell-checking….)

  • SK

    It’s because ‘i’ and ‘s’ are on opposite sides of the keyboard, so if you’re typing fast you’ll be going for them at almost the same time, one with your left hand and one with your right, and which one you hit first is pretty much a matter of chance.
    So yes, how it happens is obvious and understandable. Not proof-reading text which is going to appear on screen? That’s less forgivable…

  • Proof-reading never gets the prominence and acknowledgement it deserves. I saw a flyer yesterday which had as the end of the web address ac.ukk
    Not spell-checking is unforgiveable but there’s a lot to be said for proof-reading (which is more complex) as well.

  • MediumRob

    I think there should be a statue to us proofreaders, the unsung heroes of more or less everything.
    PS Obviously, I’m exempt from proofreading my own stuff before you look too hard at it for flaws.

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