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  • Writer's pictureRoss Edwards

An Unpresidented Error

For years, the Donald Trump Twitter account has been a breeding ground for countless typos and other gaffes -- "unpresidented," "covfefe," and too many misspellings of names to recount.

So it was more than a little ironic last week when the U.S. President called out a Twitter mistake by CNN host Chris Cuomo.

Cuomo's tweet mistakenly used the word "is" instead of "if" -- a fairly common typo that I've had to catch several times in my own work.

The Internet (rightly) did not let him get away with it.

Then, as if that irony weren't already enough, President Trump followed up that tweet with one where he called Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, "the Prince of Whales."

I looked it up: Actually, Hulk is Prince of Whales. Charles is a completely different guy.

The lesson is one I should really take to heart: If you're going to post about other people's spelling and grammar errors, triple-check your blog so you don't look like an idiot.

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