Ironic Monopoly misspelling stuns street residents

The Oxford Times: Phoenix Picturehouse assistant manager Matt Taylor with the rogue Monopoly card in the real Walton Street Buy this photo Phoenix Picturehouse assistant manager Matt Taylor with the rogue Monopoly card in the real Walton Street

THE street which is home to the Oxford English Dictionary has been misspelled in the city’s version of world-famous board game Monopoly.

The Oxford edition of the game, featuring well-known streets around the city, first went on sale in 2001 with no errors in its initial version.

But in a new edition, Walton Street has been printed as Wolton Street, on both the board and the yellow card featuring the street.

Bosses at Hasbro and partners Winning Moves UK, which make the limited edition games for locations around the country, are now investigating after an erroneous copy was bought on Amazon.

Residents in Jericho say they are stunned by the error and want it to be corrected for future print runs.

Matt Taylor, 35, assistant manager of the Phoenix Picturehouse in Walton Street, which is featured in the game, urged manufacturers to correct the error as soon as possible.

He said: “We’re very proud to be part of the local community in and around Walton Street and it’s great to be a part of the iconic Monopoly board.

“We do hope they manage to change the spelling mistake for future batches. I was born in Jericho so I would like Monopoly to get this right.”

Jericho Community Association chairman Jenny Mann said: “I think this is outrageous and I take this as a personal insult.

“I want the manufacturers to look into this as soon as possible because Walton Street is a famous ancient street.

“People in Jericho will want the game to be reprinted.”

Sue Pead, administrator of Jericho Community Centre, said: “Let’s hope not too many sets have been affected.”

Benjamin Ahnert, 25, a Latin American studies postgraduate at St Antony’s College, who lives in Walton Street, said: “I think this is embarrassing for Monopoly.”

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No-one from Walton Street-based Oxford University Press, the home of the Oxford English Dictionary, would comment.

Winning Moves UK is now trying to establish how many individual games were affected.

Spokesman Graham Barnes said: “The Oxford edition of Monopoly has been well received. We will amend this error on the next print run.”

Mr Barnes said it was possible another print run could take place as soon as the situation had been assessed.

 

OXFORD MONOPOLY FACTFILE

ON the Oxford edition of Monopoly, Walton Street is on the yellow section of the board along with Banbury Road and High Street, replacing Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Coventry Street on the London edition.

The dark blue properties, The Randolph Hotel and Ashmolean Museum, are the most expensive on the Oxford board, replacing Park Lane and Mayfair.

Other locations featured on the Oxford board include Oxford station, Gloucester Green, Folly Bridge, St Giles, St Aldate’s and Cornmarket.

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6:49pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Manor Born says...

Personal insult, outrageous? Get over it. It's a mistake. It's not going to kill you, you're not going to lose your home over it. It's just a stupid board game
Personal insult, outrageous? Get over it. It's a mistake. It's not going to kill you, you're not going to lose your home over it. It's just a stupid board game Manor Born
  • Score: 7

8:45pm Sat 20 Apr 13

dant40 says...

You need to get out more.
You need to get out more. dant40
  • Score: 8

9:16pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Residents are stunned by this? They should get over to Canal Street where naughty people paint out the C on the road sign and leave a rude name instead.
Residents are stunned by this? They should get over to Canal Street where naughty people paint out the C on the road sign and leave a rude name instead. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: 7

9:56pm Sat 20 Apr 13

moonlight shadow says...

agree with the above comments. and I bet there are no streets from Blackbird Leys or Barton, Rose Hill etc in the game.
Those areas are every bit part of Oxford too.
agree with the above comments. and I bet there are no streets from Blackbird Leys or Barton, Rose Hill etc in the game. Those areas are every bit part of Oxford too. moonlight shadow
  • Score: 3

10:02pm Sat 20 Apr 13

faatmaan says...

why would the ashmoleum museum replace a thoroughfare like park lane, these are buildings not main routes of importance, what next Barton replacing the water utility ?
why would the ashmoleum museum replace a thoroughfare like park lane, these are buildings not main routes of importance, what next Barton replacing the water utility ? faatmaan
  • Score: -1

8:51am Sun 21 Apr 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

Psst OM , I think your headline should have read "iconic"
Psst OM , I think your headline should have read "iconic" Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Sun 21 Apr 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Psst OM , I think your headline should have read "iconic"
Ironic works...

The spelling error is ironic as Walton street is home to the publishers of the OED.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: Psst OM , I think your headline should have read "iconic"[/p][/quote]Ironic works... The spelling error is ironic as Walton street is home to the publishers of the OED. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Sun 21 Apr 13

WitneyGreen says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Psst OM , I think your headline should have read "iconic"
Ironic works...

The spelling error is ironic as Walton street is home to the publishers of the OED.
Well, it isn't, really. The entrance to OUP is on Great Clarendon Street...
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: Psst OM , I think your headline should have read "iconic"[/p][/quote]Ironic works... The spelling error is ironic as Walton street is home to the publishers of the OED.[/p][/quote]Well, it isn't, really. The entrance to OUP is on Great Clarendon Street... WitneyGreen
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Sun 21 Apr 13

hokuspokus says...

Ironically, the word is "misspelt" in English!
Ironically, the word is "misspelt" in English! hokuspokus
  • Score: 4

8:43am Sun 19 May 13

Arnold.Brewer says...

such a fuss over a single letter and an innocent mistake.

try having an address in Heddington!
such a fuss over a single letter and an innocent mistake. try having an address in Heddington! Arnold.Brewer
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