The Greatest Obamacare Typo Ever?


As someone who has made numerous Obamacare-related typos myself, I sympathize with the poor soul over at The Washington Post behind this (already corrected) headline goof. But it's just too good not to share:

Washington Post

Via Byron Tau's Twitter feed. 

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  1. Are reporters typing their articles on iPhones now? Because that really looks like an autocorrect fail right there. Luckily my Droid phone only suggests words and doesn’t automatically insert them into my text.

    1. I find that kind of autocorrect infuriating. It’s really easy to miss, too.

      1. But unintentionally funny!

    2. Autocorrect or typo, it is still hilarious.

      Especially as it carries a germ of truth.

      1. Carries a lot more than a germ of truth…

    3. No, my Droid only wipes out entire messages when I backspace after it misjudges what I was trying to type. That’s not infuriating or anything.

      1. My wife’s new phone is set up to read hand motions and other totally unexpected actions. It drives her nuts.

        1. Why the hell would anyone want a phone that does that?

          1. I don’t think that was a feature she wanted. I think she either got rid of it or got used to it, but when she first had it, she hated the fucking phone.

        2. Swype can be really useful, but also horrible.

          1. I have a love/hate relationship with Swype. I actually stopped using it for a while and realized I loved it just ever so slightly more than I hated it, so I went back. Swype is like a hot crazy chick. So the analogy works.

            1. That’s a good analogy, since I avoid Swype like I avoid crazy chicks. It’s just not worth it.

              1. After working with Visual C++ IDE intellisense for years, how can you have anything but disdain for all other auto-fill-in type applications. Eclipse’s version is actually pretty decent, too.

                1. If you actually pay attention to the latest version of swipe, it gives you a list of alternatives that you can choose from before you go on. The problem is… no one stops to verify, they… go on. I think Swype does the best job in a group of bad options.

                  1. And my Galaxy does a very decent job of voice recognition. I now talk more text messages than ever. Can’t do it all the time, based on ambient noise, other ppl in the room etc., but when I’m at home alone, and I have something to text that doesn’t contain a lot of symbology, I just talk it out and done. These phones are getting better by increments.

          2. I am starting to hate swype and really need to turn it off since I never use it and it is constantly screwing up my posts

          3. 95% of the time it works better than normal typing, and the other 5% it gets it so wrong it makes the whole thing useless.

        3. Samsung Galaxy SIII? Yeah, they can do that.

          By the way, that can be turned off.

          1. Right, and that’s the first thing I said to her. I don’t know whether she did that or just adapted.

            1. Overall, my Samsung Galaxy SIII is the finest phone I’ve ever owned, no joke.

              For the first time since owning smart phones, I truly am impressed with it.

              Previously, I always had some gripe or complaint about a phone that made it just, meh, but this one is good through-and-through– if you turn off those odd gesture features.

    4. Recently switched to an iPhone after having a Droid. The keyboard is less screwy with the autocorrect errors because it appears to also understand the context of what I’m typing. So if I type “Ill” after “I think” it’ll automatically create the contraction “I’ll”.

      Of course sometimes it’ll make that assumption inappropriately like when I offered to buy this girl “I’d cream”.

      1. Why not just install a different keyboard app and/or turn off auto correct?

        1. It’s not that big a deal, I almost always check my spelling before I send a text.

          1. I agree with that, I try to avoid typing on my phone as much as possible.

      2. I pine for my old Blue Blackberry that was a genuine pocket typewriter. All the added “features” of these keyboardless smartphones strike me as useless bullshit when all I want to do is type a coherent email.

      3. “The keyboard is less screwy with the autocorrect errors because it appears to also understand the context of what I’m typing.”

        My Galaxy S4 does that as well and based on my experience with using my wife’s phone from time to time the context knowledge is superior

    5. That’s why I have always used, and will always use, phones that include a physical keyboard/keypad. Screw autocorrect and that swipe stuff too.

  2. Well, someone needs to send an apology to Sarah “I Can See Death Panels from My House” Palin.

  3. I don’t think it’s a typo.

    1. Yeah, I don’t see where the typo is either.

      Looks pretty accurate to me.

      1. “Looks pretty accurate to me.”

        That’s why it is a typo; this is The Washington Post.

  4. English is such a weird language. “Deadliness” and “Deadlines” differ by only one letter, at the very *end* of the word, and yet are pronounced completely differently. Gotta love it.

    1. It has to be the hugest bitch to learn English as a second language.

      1. Supposed to be third hardest behind Chinese and Russian.

      2. Good. It’s like a secret code for the empire, then.

        1. Isn’t that what Esperanto is for?

          1. I meant our empire, not the Psychic Empire.

      3. English is the easiest language to learn to communicate in, because it is a positional language – Subject, verb, object – and has almost no conjugation of verbs or declining of nouns.

        It is very easy to get the gist of what someone is saying even when the speaker is not familiar with English.

        However, it has so many irregularities and idioms (500,000+), that it is almost impossible to speak perfectly.

        (Also, I think Magyar and Finnish are harder than Russian).

        1. and has almost no conjugation of verbs


          1. Nevermind. I was thinking of tenses.

        2. I’ve heard the same thing about Finnish. Supposed to be a real bear.

          People occasionally say Japanese is hard, but I took Japanese in college and don’t agree. Learning the Kanji is a bear, of course, but that’s not necessary to learning the spoken language.

          1. My college roommate took Japan before moving there for a few years. It really didn’t seem too hard.

            I’ve heard Icelandic is supposed to be brutal. I’m not really qualified to comment though, I suck at language.

          2. Same. Japanese is very simple to speak if you dedicate yourself to learning the vocabulary, but it can be a real pain to learn to read and especially to write correctly. Recognition of some 3000 kanji is necessary to read a regular newspaper. I think I remember about 12 right now from 2 years high school, 2.5 years college, and living there for a year.

            1. You can make yourself understood in writing if you spell everything out in hiragana, but you’ll be treated like a sub-literate moron for doing so.

              1. Is that below or above gaijin?

          3. Japanese is very easy to learn to speak, but a PITA to learn to read. Korean is really easy to learn to read but a PITA to speak, like Latin it is fully declined.

        3. my German verb wheel mocks your pathetic languages

          1. I like the way Germans smash words together like they smash their enemies. Like Lebensabschnittpartner. I’d use a longer one, but the server says no.


      1. I don’t know if you took Latin, but Cleese’s centurion is literally every Latin teacher ever. Mine was frightening; she once failed a kid for breathing.

        1. Both my college Latin professors were great. The second year prof was a lovely Italian woman.

          1. My college Latin prof was fine, but high school…forget about it. We did have slave auctions for freshmen, though, which was cool. The girl who bought me only made me bake some cookies for her and carry her books around. Other kids in my class had to do much more unsavory things.

  5. That’s not a typo, it’s a Freudian slip.

    1. ^^^ THIS!

  6. One of the greatest typos ever occurred in Time magazine during the early 70s.

    Chevy ran a two-page ad with the following in huge type:

    Spirit of Amerca

  7. Sebelius = Very punchable face.

    1. If you fantasize about punching your grandmother in the face.

  8. ph’nglui mglw’nafh Sebelius R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

    1. So it is pronounced Sebelius fa-ta-gan or Sebelius fa-tain? I can never quite remember cause I’m not in my right mind

  9. I have a new name for my band.

    1. Tight deadliness?

      1. The Kathleen Sebelius Project, with their debut album Wrinkle Enema

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