Yesterday, Canoe.ca reported that the Canadian province gave out 130,000 high school diplomas with a major grammatical error.
In French, verbs must agree with either the masculine or feminine subjects of a sentence. Quebec students typically learn this rule in high school.
But it seems the education ministry skipped class that day, because the error made its way into the diplomas and remained unnoticed for nine months. Schools distributed the diplomas in graduation ceremonies throughout Quebec before twin sisters spotted the issue.
“The diplomas are signed as if the education minister and deputy minister are both women,” according to Canoe.ca. “That was the case until recently. But nine months ago, a man was appointed deputy minister.”
Now, students are probably double checking how to say “epic fail” in French. If they are going to send a complaint to Quebec’s education ministry, they’ll want to make sure to get the grammar right.