Kejriwal’s ‘psycopath’, Obama’s ‘rspect’: 5 times leaders typed it wrong

  • Simar Bhasin, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 15, 2015 14:54 IST
In the digital age when political fights are often fought on social networking sites, typos such as the ones made by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) hardly go unnoticed. (Agencies)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, in what appeared to be a slew of angry tweets, on Tuesday misspelled the word ‘psychopath’ while referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the aftermath of an alleged CBI raid on his office.

In the digital age when political fights are often fought on social networking sites, such typos hardly go unnoticed.

From US President Barack Obama to our very own HRD minister Smriti Irani, here are a list of famous spelling errors made by our carefully chosen public representatives:

Show me some R-S-P-E-C-T

Obama misspelled the word respect while paying tribute to musician Aretha Franklin and a host of other female singers during a special Women of Soul event at the White House in March 2014.

“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” he began, causing uncontrolled laughter from the crowd and leading to a very confused Obama.

“She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans and women and anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they looked like, who they loved. They wanted some respect,” he continued with his speech unfazed.

Yes ‘Mr President of the country leading the first world’, vowels can be very inconvenient sometimes.

Ed ‘Milliband’

US political adviser David Axelrod spelt leader Ed Miliband’s surname with an extra ‘L’ in the middle erroneously linking to a spoof account that poked fun at Miliband instead.

“That’s the perils of Twitter. I’ve been the victim of bad tweeting myself. That’s the kind of thing that happens,” Miliband told BBC radio taking the incident rather sportingly.

The ‘Israle’ model

Last year in October when firing at the Line of Control was continously on, son of former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari took to Twitter to attack the Indian government.

What was meant to be a scathing attack on Modi (again!), turned Bilawal Bhutto into a social media joke when he wrote, “Another attack on LOC. seems India adopting Israle model vs Pakistan.Modi must realize we can retaliate unlike his victims from Gujarat.”

Soon after Bhutto misspelled Israel, hashtags such as #YoBilawalSoDumb started trending on Twitter.

You would think that when Pakistan compares India with an international bully, they would at least get the name right!

‘Yes minster?’

When letters on behalf of the HRD minister have spelling mistakes, you know there is something definitely wrong with the education system.

After a letter, which was sent to schoolteachers across the country by the CBSE in Smriti Irani’s name, misspelled ‘minister’ and ‘sansadhan’ and came to people’s notice all hell broke lose. Memes and trolls targetting Irani and, well, her educational qualification began doing the rounds of social media.

Irani later asked for a clarification from the CBSE and also asked the education board to issue an official apology.

‘A Better Amercia’

In 2012, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign misspelled the word “America” on an iPhone app in the phrase “A Better Amercia”.

The misspelling was picked up and tweeted widely causing a spectrum of memes and trolls poking fun at Romney’s idea of a ‘better America.’

Romney’s office later stated that it had submitted a corrected version of the app to Apple which eventually approved the update. The damage, however, was already done.

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