Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for Feb. 12: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. (Sorry the type is so small. If you’re on a PC, try pressing CTRL + to enlarge the image. If you’re on a phone, perhaps you can rotate your screen.)

it's vs. its for Mistake Monday

I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

The image contains a classic mistake that you’ve probably seen many times. It’s not detected by any spell-checking or proofreading software that I’ve used. In addition to using Microsoft Word’s spell-checking feature, I use AP StyleGuard.

Aside from the blurb’s Mistake Monday problem, I like how it uses conversational language to discuss an economic term.

2 replies
  1. David
    David says:

    Last sentence is using “it’s” instead of “its”. Should be “like its currency collapsing in value”. Funnily enough, they used it correctly in the first sentence!
    By the way, I recently found your “Mistake Monday” posts, thanks for doing them, it is a fun break in my Monday!

  2. Susan Weiner, CFA
    Susan Weiner, CFA says:


    Thanks for participating in Mistake Monday! You’ve correctly identified the problem again.

    As you said, the website got the usage right in the first sentence. The mistake seems like it’s due to carelessness, rather than lack of understanding.

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