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Old 6th Jul 2007, 8:59   #11
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I know you can't have a handwritten typo, but I was left a note from our cleaners at work which said:

"Sorry we couldn't do any hovering but the lift was out of order"
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Old 6th Jul 2007, 17:30   #12
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Old 15th Jul 2007, 10:54   #13
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A bit of a black one, this. Before very ill people die, they sometimes breathe abnormally in a pattern known as Cheyne Stoking. So the secretary's misprint in the consultant's letter to the GP was a little embarrassing:
'There was a brief period of chain smoking before he died'.
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Old 15th Jul 2007, 15:04   #14
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That must be a dictation mistake, surely?
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Old 16th Jul 2007, 12:23   #15
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Absolutely, Nou. The consultants dictate their discharge (or death) letters to the GPs into a dictaphone and the secretaries, who have no training in medical terminology, have to decipher.
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In a presentation given by Fidelity to loads of investment professionals, I found the following helpful information:

"Older pension plan participants are more likely to roll their asses out of their portfolios."
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Old 18th Jul 2007, 17:15   #18
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A few years ago, our favourite bit of local authority jargon at my then place of employment was 'there can be no sacred cows'.

We did have to suppress a titter at one meeting where the report read 'there can be no scared cows'.
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Some years ago a friend of mine of mine was part of the editorial team for a large coffee table book called (I think) 'An Illustrated History of Plants'. Well aware of the potential for mistakes the proofs of the chapters were read and re-read, Latin names checked with the dictionary, someone was in charge of making sure the right captions went with the right pictures and that the index referred to the right pages etc.

It was given the OK and sent to the printers. It wasn't until the first copies came back that someone opened it at the title page and saw 'An Illustrated History of Pants'.
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From Geoffrey Household's 1977 International Terrorists Have An Atomic Bomb And Are Going To Blow Up London 'thriller':

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We pointed out to the Palestinians and their friends loose in Libya that the security surrounding the test bomb materials was overwhelming and they couldn't do anything with plutonium even if they got it. So they had better concentrate on the theft of ammonite and gelignite.
I must have missed that phase of International terrorism when organisations like Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine and the Baader-Meinhof Group lobbed fossilised Cephalopoda at the forces of bourgeois repression.
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