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White House issues tickets for the ‘State of the Uniom’

We’ve all made a spelling error or two in our time, but there are a few occasions when you really, really want to make sure you proofread your work.

Wedding invitations fall into this category, and some would say official tickets to the 115th US State of the Union address do too.

Or should we say “State of the Uniom”.

We can’t remember the South African government ever getting it this wrong before SONA.

After internet users and international media highlighted the gaffe, tickets were reprinted, likely spell-checked repeatedly, and redistributed to guests. But not before some on Twitter grabbed the mistake, and beat the hell out of it.

Even Google has noted an uptick in searches for the erroneous title.


And that’s seemingly not the only poor use of language on the tickets.

The address will be livestreamed on multiple YouTube channels, beginning around 4am SAST Wednesday 31 January. Or watch it on C-SPAN’s YouTube stream below.

And for those wondering, the official hashtag is #SOTU — at least you can’t really spell that incorrectly.

Edit: an earlier version of this article stated an incorrect scheduled time and date for South Africa. This has since been corrected. A YouTube embed has also been added.

Feature image: Marco Rubio/@marcorubio via Twitter

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More
  • DrMitoFit

    Numbers from the State of the Union Address: since Trump was elected 2.4 million US jobs added (including 200,000 manufacturing jobs), US unemployment claims at a 45 year low, African American unemployment rate the lowest ever recorded, Hispanic American unemployment rate the lowest ever recorded, $8 Trillion dollars in wealth added to US stock market, standard tax deduction and child tax credit doubled (major tax cut), corporate tax rate slashed from 35% to 21%, factories relocating back to US, Apple Corp repatriating $250 Billion dollars back to US with $350 Billion planned reinvestment in US. But you want to focus on a silly typo on the invitation, despite making your own error on the date and time of the event. Give me a break!

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