School gets ‘SAT Word of the Day’ wrong

Some mistakes are more amusing than others. This one counts in the “slightly embarrassing but no harm done” category:

In today’s daily e-mail announcements of events at the well-regarded Walter Johnson High School in Montgomery County, which is sent out to the community over the PTSA listserv, this was included:

THE SAT WORD OF THE DAY IS: APTITUDE (AP tuh tood)

WHICH MEANS: of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious

Oops.

That’s not what “aptitude” actually means, which someone evidently realized, resulting in this e-mail:

Dear WJ Community,

Please note the following correction to the announcements for 9-26-11:

APTITUDE (AP tuh tood) n, capacity for learning; natural ability

Thank You,

Jennifer Baker

Principal

Alas, also among the announcements was the news that the school would be visited today by officials from several colleges, including UCLA, Emory University and Occidental College.

How did this happen? It turns out the Friday SAT Word of the Day in the daily announcements was this:

THE SAT WORD OF THE DAY IS: APOCRYPHAL (uh POK ruh ful)

WHICH MEANS: of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious

Someone obviously failed to change the meaning when the word was changed. Bet that doesn’t happen again.

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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