Even rump sellers contract poisonous fever

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An amusing typo appeared in a recent online article (not on this site, happily). At least I think it was a typo. The sentence read: “If he stays in jail he might contact a disease.”

Most would assume there was simply an “r” missing from what should have been “contract”, but perhaps this was not just a case of rapid typing. Perhaps prison authorities were genuinely concerned that the inmate in question was planning to place a collect call on a secretly stashed cellphone to Mrs Rona or Mr Rubella, or surreptitiously pass a sick note to Miss Scarlet Fever, asking for help in a breakout...

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