Torch Bearer's Misspelled Olympic Tattoo Makes Americans Look Stupid (VIDEO)

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Misspelled olympic tattooAs a copy editor who has a healthy appreciation for all things grammar- and language-related, misspellings on tattoos truly crack me up in a sad, pathetic way. So I heaved a sigh when I read about Terri Peterson (a couple outlets are saying her name is "Jerri"), a resident from Atlanta, Georgia, who got the honor to be an Olympic torch bearer

Terri got to carry the torch through Derby in England on June 30 -- she was nominated as one of 70 international employees selected by her employer to be part of such an honorable event. So, to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Peterson decided to get her first ever tattoo. It didn't go well.

There is almost nothing as permanent as a tattoo, and it costs thousands of dollars to fix ... you'd think you'd be as careful as possible. Instead of "Olympic Torch Bearer," the tattoo artist wrote, "Oylmpic Torch Bearer." Oh, this poor woman. And she didn't even seem to mind very much! That makes me even sadder.

Since I am such a stickler for spelling, having something permanently misspelled on my skin would have made me furious (I know you can get them removed nowadays, but come on). Not so for Terri. She claims the tattoo artist felt terribly, but she didn't take him up on his offer to fix it!

"He felt so bad when he found out. He wanted to fix it but I decided I want to keep it. It's fine. It's the Oy-limpics -- it's as unique as I am."

What? That was ... just ... um?

I'm sad for the artist for never noticing, as well as for Peterson for not seeing it and correcting him before having the typo etched into her skin. On top of that, the error was pointed out to Peterson by her friend, who noticed it after she sent a photograph of the tattoo! I guess it doesn't matter if Peterson looked at the stencil and approved it first -- she would have missed it anyway? Gahh!

This is definitely not how we want to show off our education on the global stage. Maybe getting a tattoo should be a little more like driving ... you gotta take a test first!

What do you think of misspelled tattoos? Have you seen any funny ones?


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butte... butterflyfreak

I could not imagine having a tattoo with a misspelled word! I'm with you, misspellings just drive me crazy! It's so bad some days that I don't even want to look at some people's facebook pages, especially the teenagers! It drives me crazy to see a 14 or 15 year old misspell a word that I knew how to spell correctly when I was 10! Even worse than that though? Seeing how some 18 year old high school graduates misspell words! I'm not talking complicated multiple syllable words either, I'm talking simple words like CHOICES! This kid spelled it "choses," which isn't even a word! I honestly don't know how our schools can be graduating kids who can't even spell such a simple word!

nonmember avatar HS

I'm OCD when it comes to spelling. Misspelled words cause me to have a twitch lol. It's so bad that if I'm not sure of a spelling, I'll type the word into Word to see if the red line shows up. Having a misspelled word tattooed onto me would probably cause me to have a breakdown.

Todd Vrancic

I have dyslexia.  Spell check is my friend.  Then, I have my wife proofread what I post, because I know that it is possible to use the wrong word and spell check won't catch it.  If I can do that, anyone can.  I don't mind the occasional typo, everyone is human, but there is no excuse for more than that.

Elijah Greenleaf

Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.  Leviticus 19:28, The Holy Bible.  


Tattoos are on the people who didn't get the word of the Lord!

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

Where are all of the tattoo advocates now? Usually, when I call tattoos stupid, a mass of them comes out to defend their permanent scribbles.

Even if that tattoo were spelled correctly, it's still a stupid tattoo.

nonmember avatar gracie

You go on and on about typos and misspellings in your article, but didn't catch your own grammatical error: "So I heaved a sighed" - you mean "heaved a sigh", I believe.

Nycti... Nyctimene

I love tattoos (and have a bunch) but it looks like she brought it on herself in more ways than one. It's a very cheap tattoo. There's almost no detail or shading and the colors are already bleeding into each other. You get what you pay for with tattoos and people who want to be cheap and only drop like $40-$60 at a tattoo studio are asking for diseases and crappy art. Or if she wanted to get in and out quickly.

If you don't have a lot of money to devote to a piece and aren't willing to basically give your entire morning or afternoon (or both) then you probably shouldn't get tattoos. It's not a manicure where you drop in for 30 minutes, drop $50 and come out with something nice.

nonmember avatar ceejay

Methinks the author, while protesting bad spelling, needs to brush up on proper grammar. "She claims the tattoo artist felt terribly" makes me go "Gahh!" Perhaps Jill Baughman should take a test before writing more articles on the global Internet.

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