Famous Typos in Literature
A rogue comma or an incorrectly chosen homonym can transform hum-drum into hilarious. Take the most famous typographic error in publishing history. The year was 1631 and Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, the royal printers in London, were tasked with printing a new issue of the King James Bible. The project should have been a triumph but for one pesky word. Their mistake was the simple omission of the word “not” in a single sentence, and it was to be a grave mistake indeed. The missing word was smack-dab in the middle of the seventh commandment, causing their edition to read “Thou shalt commit adultery”; and thus the Wicked Bible was born.