The latest installment of WNYC's show Radiolab is entitled "Oops," and it's about how we so often get tripped up by the unintended consequences of our actions. Hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad brought me in to the studio to share some classic word-processing Oops-es. I talk about various search-and-replace howlers, including the spellchecker-aided miscorrections known in these parts as "Cupertinos." Have a listen here.
Loyal Language Log readers will be familiar with many of my examples. They're sprinkled throughout the first half-hour of the show, so I've put together a listening guide with links to relevant posts.
(0:55) "Tyson Homosexual"
(2:40) "Back in the African-American"
(3:10) "Walter Leland Mr. Cronkite"
(13:30) The Cupertino effect (first discussed here, followed by many more posts)
(26:00) "Queen Elizabeth… lays up to 2,000 eggs a day"