1/01/2008

Warren Buffett tops inaugural Most Misspelled list

Billionaire Warren Buffett has the Most Misspelled Name in the News, according to Mr. Rewrite's inaugural review. As of this morning, Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, was misspelled Buffet 200 times in articles indexed by Google News.

To Mr. Rewrite's delight, the list is all hard news. Neither Britney Spears (Brittany) nor Lindsay Lohan (Lindsey) topped 100 misspellings. The only celebrity who came close was Keira Knightley, whose name was misspelled 94 times (Kiera; Knightly; Kiera Knightly).

Presidential candidates hold the next three slots, with Barack Obama misspelled 196 times (Barak), Hillary Clinton misspelled 159 times (Hilary; Hilary Rodham Clinton) and Rudy Giuliani misspelled 154 times (Guliani; Guiliani; Rudolph Guiliani; Rudolf Giuliani).

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Condoleeza; Condolezza) is the only other newsmaker with more than 100 misspellings, at least among those Mr. Rewrite has identified.

Mr. Rewrite is only a little embarrassed to admit that he's been tracking misspelled names on his own for several years now. This list is a little tame. He's seen Rice's misspellings top 1,000.

Bring on the NFL playoffs, Mr. Rewrite says. Depending on which teams advance, he expects Brett Favre (Farve), LaDainian Tomlinson (LaDanian, etc.), Tedy Bruschi (Tedy), Peyton Manning (Payton) or Ben Roethlisberger (Rothlisberger, etc.) to shoot up the Most Misspelled list.

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