Singaporeans caught quite the typo on Friday (May 22) on CNA’s morning news broadcast. The news ticker at one point carried the words: “(Tru)mp says he won’t close the country if second wave of infection shits.”
A Redditor with the handle @nandasithu shared a photo of the news broadcast with the words “I’m pretty sure it’s second wave of infection hits”. Although the issue being tackled at the time was a pressing matter, as it was related to Covid-19, many found the appearance of the word “shits” thought-provoking and amusing.
Discussing a statement by US President Donald Trump, which in itself was thought-provoking, the typo seemed to amplify the attention drawn to it. While a handful of Redditors disregarded the typo and took to the comments section to start a discussion on Mr Trump’s controversial statement, with some criticising it as it puts many more Americans at risk, others zeroed-in on the typo.
Photo: Screengrab from Reddit comments / r/singapore
Some found a double meaning for it, while others drew a good laugh from the understandable mistake. “The first wave already has this symptom, plenty of the verbal kind,” one wrote. “The pandemic is sh*t, alright,” wrote another.
Still, others went the extra mile to express sympathy for the individual responsible for the typo, as rapid typing often leads to a mismatch of letters on the screen.