Irony of Article about Irony of Literacy Report

December 1, 2007 at 3:35 pm 9 comments

Ironically, today’s Irish Daily Mail includes two mistakes in an article about the irony of a press release including two mistakes. The article is about the launch of a report on adult literacy. The Dublin Adult Learning Centre included two typos in the emailed invitation – ‘Monday’ was spelled ‘Mondaty’ and ‘Ahern’ was spelled ‘Aherne’. The Mail article highlighted the irony of a group promoting literacy making such a mistake, and asked whether anybody had proof-read the invitation. But inevitably, the Mail article itself included two mistakes: >>>

The Mail article includes the typo:

It about helping people to break down barriers.

And the heading of the Mail article is:

Can NOBODY spell?

Surely this should be one of the following:

  • Nobody can spell
  • Can anybody spell?
  • Can’t anybody spell?

(I really hope I’ve proof-read this post properly.)


Entry filed under: Fun, Ireland, News.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alan Sherry  |  December 2, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Being the person who wrote the doubly ironic article, I would like to take the opportunity to blame a sub-editor for the ‘It’ error. I’m not sure but I have a horrible feeling he took the ‘s out on purpose.
    I didn’t write the headline either so my conscience is clear.

  • 2. Michael Nugent  |  December 3, 2007 at 12:44 am

    I had guessed that, Alan, which is why I referred to the newspaper and not to the writer. And I have missed similar things myself when proofreading over the years. But, you’ve got to admit, this one was funny. đŸ™‚

  • 3. alan sherry  |  December 3, 2007 at 11:20 am

    I did laugh when I read it. It seemed almost inevitable that it would happen. But I honestly think a sub did it for the laugh. It’s a conspiracy I tells you!!!

  • 4. condo  |  February 4, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    alan sherry is a fool and illirerate

  • 5. Dean Banner  |  March 26, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    You spelled illiterate wrong Condo. This just keep getting more ironic.

  • 6. Paul Sherry  |  September 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Alan Sherry is a gay man.

  • 7. condo  |  December 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    he is a gay man. Did ye all hear about the time he was accused of rape??? Wouldn’t that be ironic if the Daily mail published it.


  • 8. condo  |  January 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    al sherry wets the bed

  • 9. Garda Pat Hyland  |  March 29, 2009 at 6:01 am

    I don’t know about you but i raped a 15 year old in a cell in dundalk.
    the ombudsman has nothin on me.
    Kind Regards
    Garda Pat Hyland


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