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It happens to the best of us


David Akin, National Post, August 18But the day wasn’t without a snag. A release from the PMO spelled the Nunavut capital as Iqualuit — rather than the proper Iqaluit. The extra ‘u’ makes an Inuktitut word that translates roughly, according to media reports, to “people with unwiped bums.” The typo was later corrected.

Rudyard Griffiths, National Post, September 8Having recently returned from two weeks on Baffin Island I am struck by the profound disconnect between this summer’s Arctic chest-thumping by our professional political class and the realities of life in the far North. For starters you can’t visit a town such as Iqualuit (population 7,000) and not question the sustainability of large-scale human settlement along the Arctic Circle.


It happens to the best of us

  1. He obviously doesn't read the paper either.

  2. Griffiths must apologize immediately for this shameful and unforgivable typo! Heads must roll!

    (Sorry, I was channeling Sheila Copps).

  3. But what did Griffiths do with the wafer?

  4. Too bad, cause he makes some good points. I guess it also suggests that the Iqaluitians were not so upset by the extra u.

  5. In the copy-and-paste era, nothing is simpler than to stick with ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ.

    • No ASCII no tell?

  6. Yeah, but if you try and type "ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ", you could still end up slipping and typing "ᐃᖁᐊᓗᐃᑦ" instead.

    • I can't believe that people can get away with posting words like "ᐃᖁᐊᓗᐃᑦ" on a family internet forum like this.

  7. Yeah, Rudyard, I doubt people have existed up there for more than a few years.

  8. ᐊᓇᖅ.