‘Susan Boil’, ‘Swan Flu’, ‘Brack Obama’ among most common Internet misspellings

June 30th, 2009 - 2:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama London, June 30 (ANI): “Susan Boil”, “Rod Steward”, “Swan Flu”, “Brack Obama” and “Paperview boxing” are among the top misspelled words typed into the internet, it has been disclosed.

The goof-ups are on a list of frequent errors made by users of Yahoo!, the second biggest search engine.

Most engines scan for possible misspellings of common words and suggest corrections with a “Did you mean…” message at the top of the results page, reports The Telegraph.

“These things jump out at us, especially when there is a breaking news story and (Yahoo! users) want to follow up on a story,” Vera Chan, editor of Yahoo Buzz, told USA Today.

“It’s interesting to see the different variations of these spellings,” Chan added.

Common recent spelling errors on Yahoo!

* Swan Flu (for Swine Flu)

* Susan Boil (for Susan Boyle)

* Brack Obama (for Barack Obama)

* Paperview boxing (for pay-per-view boxing)

* Amtrack (for the US train system Amtrak)

* Wallmart (for retailer Wal-Mart)

* Farrah Faucet (for actress Farrah Fawcett)

* Rod Steward (for singer Rod Stewart)

* “Dancing With the Starts” (for Dancing With the Stars)

* Brittany Spears (for singer Britney Spears)

* Configure worm (for computer virus Conficker worm)

* Mysapce (for MySpace) (ANI)

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