Countdown star Susie Dent has released her new book – Word Perfect – with typos.
The TV star’s publisher, John Murray Press, was forced to apologize for accidentally printing early versions of the book.
“We deeply regret that due to a typographical error, early versions of Word Perfect are not word-perfect,” he wrote on Twitter.
Very sorry because due to a typing error, early versions of WORD PERFECT are not word-perfect. We are taking urgent steps to recall, reprint and resolve them quickly.
John Murray Press (johnmurrays) October 1, 2020
Dent, 55, who has appeared in the countdown’s dictionary corner since 1992, said she could “attest to the effectiveness of lalochezia: the use of insults to relieve stress and frustration” after the incident.
She described the error as “the hype of printing a book”, thanked her fans for their understanding and said that anyone with a copy full of typos could request a replacement.
Thanks everyone for supporting my book. I just found out that the initial print used pre-edited text. I am very sorry about this. I will be in touch as soon as I can with details on how to fix it.
– Susie Dent (@susie_dent) October 1, 2020
Dent is a lexicographer – someone who writes and edits dictionaries – and Word Perfect is a collection of stories based on a different word for each day of the year.
Its publisher called it a “brilliant linguistic calendar” and explains the meaning of words like “snaccident” – accidentally eating an entire pack of biscuits.
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