Australia printed 400 million banknotes with the word ‘responsibility’ spelled wrong

Workers who’ve been there share what to do when you make an epic typo at work.

Australia’s state-of-the-art new 50 dollar banknote has a spelling mistake in the microprint of a speech by Australia’s first woman parliamentarian Edith Cowan.

Typos can spell big trouble — especially at work.

Australia printed 400 million innovative new $50 banknotes ($34.90 in U.S. dollars) in October with slick anti-counterfeiting measures such as a holographic “50″ and a flying swan. Alas, the new bill — which is the country’s most popular banknote — also features the word “responsibility” misspelled as “responsibilty” with a missing “i.” Triple M radio posted a magnified picture of the funny money on Thursday, circling the mistake that wasn’t caught for almost seven months — and after 46 million copies of the faulty currency has already entered circulation. The total value of the notes in circulation is around $2.3 billion ($1.6 billion U.S. dollars).

While the Reserve Bank of Australia took responsibility for the slip-up on Thursday, CNN reported that it was actually aware of the typo last December. It will be corrected when the next batch of bills is printed later this year. “These banknotes are legal tender and can continue to be used as normal. It does not affect their validity and functionality in any way,” a spokeswoman told CNN. “We have reviewed our processes to remove the likelihood of such an error occurring in the future.”

This is certainly not the first high-profile grammatical goof to make headlines, however. YouTube star and product influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli, whose parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are two of the boldfaced names recently charged in “Operation Varsity Blues” for allegedly paying $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters admission into the University of Southern California, had her trademark application declined — over improper punctuation.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent out a notice in March that the 19-year-old must “correct the punctuation in the identification to clarify the individual items in the list of goods.” It took issue with this phrase in particular: “make up kits comprised of moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation, make-up powder, make-up pencils, eye make-up, eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, blush, highlighter, bronzer, make-up setting spray lipstick lip gloss, lip stains, make-up remover.”

The March 15 letter then gave the elite college student a punctuation lesson on how to use commas and semicolons, explaining, “Proper punctuation in identifications is necessary to delineate explicitly each product or service within a list and to avoid ambiguity.”

It added that, “Commas, semicolons and apostrophes are the only punctuation that should be used.” (Her application was later approved once she edited her mistakes and resubmitted her claim.)

And while “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor was reporting on the sexual misconduct allegations against the CBS CEO Les Moonves last August, the story graphic behind him misspelled the name of the network honcho.

“Mooves Mum,” it read — and viewers were quick to call out the spelling mistake on Twitter. Neither the network nor Glor have responded to the slip-up yet, but the mistake has been fixed on a video of the segment archived online.

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