Countdown star Susie Dent has had her new book – Word Perfect – published with typos.
The TV star’s publisher, John Murray Press, was forced to apologise for accidentally printing early copies of the book by mistake.
“We’re very sorry that, due to a printing error, early copies of Word Perfect are not word perfect,” it tweeted.
We’re very sorry that, due to a printing error, early copies of WORD PERFECT are not word perfect. We’re taking urgent steps to recall these copies, reprint and resolve this swiftly.
— John Murray Press (@johnmurrays) October 1, 2020
Dent, 55, who has appeared on Countdown’s Dictionary corner since 1992, said that she could “testify to the effectiveness of lalochezia: the use of swearing to alleviate stress and frustration” after the mishap.
Describing the error as a “book-printing brouhaha”, she thanked her fans for their understanding and said anyone with a typo-littered copy can order a replacement.
Thank you to everyone for supporting my book. I’ve just discovered that the initial printing used a pre-edited text. I’m so sorry about this. I’ll be in touch as soon as I can with details on how we’re going 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 compilation of stories based on a different word for every day of the year.
It is described by her publisher as a “brilliant linguistic almanac” and explains the meaning of words such as “snaccident” – unintentionally eating an entire packet of biscuits.