Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Spelling errors

I found this story in today's Wall Street Journal about Hewlett-Packard's annual report quite humorous (or, as I first learned to spell it, humourous):
...[A]n overzealous spell-checking software program led to some embarrassment for the company.

In the report, H-P noted that its proposed $22.5 billion acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. is opposed by the David and "Lucite" Packard Foundation and "Edwin van Pronghorns."

That would be the David and Lucile Packard Foundation -- H-P's largest shareholder -- and Edwin van Bronkhorst, a former H-P chief financial officer and a Hewlett family trustee.

The document also gave "Limon" as the last name for Hewlett daughter Eleanor Hewlett Gimon. Mary Hewlett Jaffe's last name became "Gaffe."

The culprit apparently was the computer spell-checker used by the outside vendor that printed the report, an H-P spokeswoman said. She said the report would be fixed and refiled.
Misspelling people's names is especially egregious.

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