‘Oylmpic’ Tattoo spelling mistake

By on August 15, 2012. Posted in , .

The London 2012 Olympic Games have come to an end, but there is one person in particular who has a lifelong reminder of them in the form of a misspelled tattoo; a very permanent reminder to triple check spellings.

When Jerri Peterson, from Atlanta in the US. was selected to carry the Olympic torch through Derby on 30 June she decided she was ready to get the tattoo she had always wanted but “…never quite felt passionate about any one thing to have it put on my body permanently.” She chose a design with the torch logo, to be accompanied by the words “Olympic Torch Bearer” on her arm to commemorate her experience.

Perhaps she should have had her tattooist consult a dictionary, because only later did the 54-year-old realise it featured the mis-spelling “Oylmpic”.

This simple spelling mistake managed to evade detection from three sets of eyes, it went unnoticed by herself, her friend who accompanied her, and the tattooist. Only later when she sent a picture to a friend was it finally pointed out.

She said, “I looked at it and I was so disappointed. I called my husband and he giggled a little bit.”

This is a reminder of the importance of proofreading and how simple mistakes can easily be overlooked, leading to often costly, or in this case painful, mistakes. Fortunately though, Mrs Peterson has taken it in good humour.

“He wanted to fix it[The tattooist] but I decided I want to keep it. It’s fine, it’s the Oy-limpics – it’s as unique as I am.”


Original story from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-18890901

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