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Old Navy reprinting erroneous school T-shirts

The shirts featuring the names and mascots of dozens of schools are missing the apostrophe in 'Let's go.'

August 25, 2011|By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
  • Old Navy T-shirts for dozens of schools, including USC, feature the words "Lets Go!!" missing the apostophe.
Old Navy T-shirts for dozens of schools, including USC, feature the words… (Old Navy )

Apparel chain Old Navy is reprinting thousands of college T-shirts to correct an embarrassing error.

The shirts debuted this month, featuring the names and mascots of dozens of schools including USC and UCLA. Printed at the top of each shirt are the words "Lets Go!!"

The problem is that "lets" is missing its apostrophe, which is necessary to create the intended contraction of "Let us go." Without the apostrophe, "lets go" means to release something.

The shirts are part of Old Navy's new "Superfan Nation," an in-store shop that sells college- and professional-licensed sports gear.

"We're sorry about the error in some of our Superfan Nation graphic T-shirts," said Louise Callagy, a spokeswoman for parent company Gap Inc. "To ensure Old Navy customers can enjoy this collection fully, we're replacing the faulty [T-shirts] at our stores and online as soon as possible."

The mistake riled some observers who took to Twitter to voice their displeasure, saying too few people understood proper punctuation and grammar rules.

"Pains my English major heart," wrote Twitter user TrinaD.

Fellow user Kevin McIntosh added: "Why graphic designers need proofreaders."

andrea.chang@latimes.com

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