Lonely Island “Semicolon” video: errors with spelling and apostrophes. Oops. (VIDEO)

The Lonely Island “Semicolon” Video Is Full of Errors

The Lonely Island “Semicolon” Video Is Full of Errors

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
May 22 2013 3:10 PM

Copy-Editing the New Lonely Island Video

The new music video by The Lonely Island, an amusing riff on hashtag rap called “Semicolon,” leads to one big punch line: These men praising semicolons have—spoiler alert—confused the frequently debated punctuation mark for its less controversial cousin, the colon.

In addition to their trouble with semicolons, the songwriters apparently have a problem with apostrophes: “a bulls nut” should read “a bull’s nut,” and “boys vest” likewise should probably read “boy’s vest.” Then there are the typos: Gretzky is misspelled the second time it appears; Macchio is misspelled in its one and only appearance.

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Perhaps these smaller errors are just a subtle part of the joke? Or maybe the comedy supergroup should throw some of its hard-earned cash at a few copy editors. They should do that anyway, given their obvious love of punctuation humor.

Update, 4 p.m.: Commenter Brian Bunton notes another error in the video: “everyday” should be “every day.”

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com.