“Exactly, I find it funny obviously not because I think racially-motivated violence is funny, but because I can't believe such an appalling typo made it into the finished product, and it is obviously a mistake.
I think it will become a collector's item - we already had one guy ring the bookstore I work at, wanting to buy the misprint. XD”
“Yes, I think you're right it probably was a misspelling being auto-corrected to the wrong word. I wondered whether it was someone typing and their muscle memory typing the wrong word, but auto-correct is probably more likely.”
“Joy, have you ever worked in editing? Sometimes an editor or proofreader can go over the same manuscript in different drafts many many times, and when reading the same material over and over the brain sometimes begins to glide over it and may not pick up small mistakes.
Granted, this is a rather mortifying example of just how much a small mistake can cost a publisher, but what I'm saying is I can understand how occasionally one or two typos or grammatical errors can make it into a final text; there may have been many that were noticed and fixed, but a couple slipped through because of the material constantly being re-read.
So what I am saying is I don't think that having one or two typos slip through makes the editor or proofreader unprofessional or incompetent at their job. This is just a very unfortunate example of a bad typo (that probably happened with someone's muscle memory typing something different to what they meant, and was probably missed because the brain was rereading so much material it could slip over some parts and maybe only read the first letters pe- and assumed it was okay.)
It's a sad fact of an editor's job that when a manuscript comes out clean and perfect their hard work is completely ignored, yet one typo slipping through has people judging them.”