My most recent discovery was in a Associated Press/Yahoo!Finance news story. While it may be more of a misuse rather than misspelling (confused a similar sounding word for the accurate one), I still count it amongst TYPOS as one can still make the case:
"Countrywide had been the nation’s largest mortgage originator before a spike in bad loans ravished its business."
SEE LINK TO ORIGINAL STORY HERE
Now I’m pretty certain the author MEANT to use "ravaged" – not "ravished".
1. to fill with strong emotion, esp. joy.
2. to seize and carry off by force.
3. to carry off (a woman) by force.
4. to rape (a woman).
1. to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.
2. to work havoc; do ruinous damage.
3. havoc; ruinous damage: the ravages of war.
4. devastating or destructive action.
The initial mis-spelling I caught today was on the Hooters.Com website. And HEY – I was just looking up news regarding a new Hooters opening up in the center of the city of Charlotte, so back off! Anyway – the quote was:
Throughout the past 25 years The Hooters family has always felt a strong sense of appreciation for the roll our military plays in keeping our nation safe and free."
SEE LINK TO ORIGINAL PAGE HERE
Obviously, the web author intended to use the word ROLE versus ROLL. But still…