Monday, 11 June 2012

Pixilated and Pixelated



I don't usually go in for pointing out typos, as I make quite enough of them myself. But this report from a newspaper last week amused me immensely.

A pixilated portrait of the Queen made out of 3,120 cakes, one for each week of her reign, will be made by bakers Konditor and Cook as part of the Jubilee weekend celebrations.

You see, the word they were looking for was pixelated, with an E. Pixilated does exist and is recorded in the OED, but it means led astray by pixies.


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The Inky Fool asks directions.

6 comments:

  1. See the courtroom scene in 'Mr Deeds goes to Town' 1936 film with Gary Cooper; most search results will show pixilated spelt wrongly too.

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  2. Lol! Nice spot Mark

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  3. New Kid on the Block11 June 2012 at 16:23

    Yeah! The Infamous Inky Fool is back!
    Pardon my excitement, but being a football fan too, I dare say..
    COME ON ENGLAND!!

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  4. I'd rather be pixilated:-)
    thanks for the smile
    martine

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  5. I, by contrast, do point out typos. It's part of the motivation for my own blog, demonstrating how small textual errors can lead to ridicule at best and catastrophic financial cost at worst.

    How about the 2 NASA Mars probes which were lost because of sloppiness, at a total cost of over $800m? In one case half the team were working in metric measure and the other half in Imperial.

    In the other, NASA admitted elliptically that "The software—intended to ignore touchdown indications prior to the enabling of the touchdown sensing logic—was not properly implemented, and the spurious touchdown indication was retained."

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  6. This sounds like God shaves the king!

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