They are there to help the next generation perfect their reading and writing but, as one Head of Literacy found out, English teachers are just as fallible as the rest of us.
Amanda Morris, an Assistant Principal at John Cabot School in Bristol, left her colleagues – and thousands of people on Twitter – tittering after she sent an all-staff email about World Book Day, with a humdinger of a typo in it.
The teacher, who documents school life under the Twitter handle @DarthCackett, shared the email she’d send out to staff that suggested that the school library was s*** on Thursdays.
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Doh! Amanda Morris, an Assistant Principal at John Cabot School in Bristol, managed to see the funny side after telling all staff at her school that the library was ‘sh*t’
The email that was pinged from English teacher Amanda Morris to her colleagues, with an unfortunate ‘i’ slipping into the word shut instead of the ‘u’
The unfortunate keyboard slip saw Morris insert an ‘i’ not an ‘u’ in the word ‘shut’ transforming the meaning in hilarious fashion.
In the formal email to her colleagues, Morris wrote: ‘We are having World Book Day on 4th March, as the library is s*** on Thursday (which is actual World Book Day)’ before advising teachers at the school to make children aware they could come dressed as their literary heroes on that day.
Morris, seeing the funny side, then posted her email on Twitter, writing: ‘When you lead whole school literacy and you drop the mother of all typos in an all-staff email #fail #typo #literacy.’
Despite being mortified, she conceded that the moment had probably been ‘good for staff wellbeing; much belly laughing ensued.’
The slip-up quickly went viral, with more than 1,500 people now seeing the post and many sharing their own howlers.
Some teachers, mid-way through a long term, dubbed Morris a ‘hero’ for posting the spirit-lifting email on social media.
And others decided to share their own career fist-in-mouth moments.
@mrsmcspud penned: ‘I sent an e-mail out about a child who was completely deaf until they had a cochlear implant – but was rushing e-mailing on my phone and it came out she was ‘completely dead before her chicken implant’. Haven’t lived that one down yet. Hard to show progress from dead.’
@JamesENicol shared: ‘I once sent an email to my boss and missed the o out of county! Face screaming in fearFace with tears of joy.’
@MaryKennan1 offered: ‘It took me a long time to recover on teaching practice from writing “artits” on the board instead of artist – in an all boys middle school near the docks in Hull. Fortunately, I noticed before they did and sidled up to the board in a deceptively casual manner and rubbed it out.’