Do you know what this word really means?
I had never heard this word let alone known the meaning of it before my husband mentioned it to me this morning. But before I explain further why I'm writing this, this is the definition of "pubic":
The android pubic bone is the ventral and anterior of the three principal bones composing either half of the pelvis.
It is covered by a layer of fat, which is covered by the mons pubis.
It is divisible into a body, a superior ramus and an inferior ramus.
The body forms one-fifth of the acetabulum, contributing by its external surface both to the lunate surface and the acetabular fossa. Its internal surface enters into the formation of the wall of the lesser pelvis and gives origin to a portion of the obturator internus.
In the female, the pubic bone is anterior to the urethral sponge.
The left and right hip bones join at the pubic symphysis.
And to know where it is placed and how it looks in a human's body: here's an image of pubic. The blue line shows its place.
But, try to type "pubic" in news search engine, like Google News, and surprise! You will find lots of search results for "pubic", only.... obviously NOT talking about this part of human body.
When I typed "pubic" in google news search: here were what I found:
"Outspoken Author Jason T. ** Expresses Strong Dissatisfaction with Pubic School’s Treatment of... " (eww... pubic school?)
"Central Louisiana pubic schools offering swine flu vaccine..." (another pubic school!)
ASTI general secretary" John White commented: "The government has clearly indicated that it does not believe that quality, effective pubic services are important to ordinary members of the public including parents, children, young people, pensioners and workers." (OMG! Pubic services? What kind of services are that?)
And how about...
"The Friends of the El Centro Pubic Library will have Santa at the library at 10 a.m. today. Parents can bring their children and their camera for photos." (Wonder how it would look if pubic libraries did exist.)
I know that this is an honest, misspelling error / human error / publication error. Sometimes people don't check things before they post to public (Oops, I mean pubic! No, just kidding), probably they wrote them at a 3.07 AM in a -10 degree C winter night, or someone's boss had been spending the week yelling around, or due date was 0.00 AM before all moms in the city decide where to take the kids to see Santa in another mall. And also, some of the errors have been corrected in the news features. However, the missing of one letter can change the meaning of a sentence, and readers can laugh at what is supposed to be a serious topic. Or frown to a strange title, or even feel gross because it sounds gross.
A headline from Washington Post online: "We're not compromising on pubic safety." O'Malley said it was premature to say how much the response to the snowstorm would cost the state. ...
(Some people could be really serious about pubic safety!)
And, according to this sport website, there are 3 major tasks of a head football coach:
1. Coaching the coaches (which means planting essential philosophies into the players' brains),
3. Finally, there is pubic relations. Like it or not, for worse or better, a major college head coach is the face of the program.
(Really? I bet these coaches either love or hate their job).
However, among all the errors journalists / bloggers / writers made, there's one being my favourite mistake. Taken from a website of a probably Australian newspaper, The Herald Sun, this is what they say about David Beckham on Tom Cruise:
David Beckham in awe of 'Tom Cruise's handsome face' and karaoke.
The soccer player loves spending time with the actor and is in awe of his good looks.
But even Cruise's green eyes, perfect teeth and chiseled jaw can't convince David to do karaoke. He says singing in pubic is "his worst nightmare" and was horrified when Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes suggested it on a recent night out.
This is absolutely not what David Beckham really said, I know. This is the misspelling error made by The Herald Sun, and I know that. But imagine if David Beckham had really said that. I would be gladly saying, "Yeah, Becks. You know I defended you when they said you were a stupid boy in France World Cup 1998 when you "unintentionally" kicked Argentina's Diego Simeone (and he "intentionally" fell and everyone could see that), I said that you were the hero and England was paralyzed because you had to go with a red card on your back. You know I love you, even though you're never my favourite football player. And once again, you are my hero, for revealing another crazy fact about Tom Cruise, oh well, now even TomKat."
So, after that crazy headbanging on Oprah's couch, and that silliest ever haircut, and the ever blessed way of life for being Scientologist, and struggling hard to get the role of Amelia Earhart for his beloved wife,(OMG! Amelia Earhart! No wonder she was lost in the Pacific, because she drove planes like Katie Holmes!), he invited David Beckham to sing in pubic? Whosoever pubic he meant.