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Orlando Bloom Got A Tattoo Of His Son’s Name And Uh… It Seems To Be Spelled Wrong

Orlando Bloom Got A Tattoo Of His Son’s Name And Uh… It Seems To Be Spelled Wrong

Earlier this week, Orlando Bloom hopped onto Instagram to unveil a brand new tattoo dedicated to his son, Flynn.


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“New tattoo,” he wrote in the caption. “Can you guess who?”

He went on to explain in a comment that the lines and dots are Morse code spelling out Flynn’s name, and the numbers above it are the date and time of his birth.

But while a lot of the comments were praising how cute the tribute is, some people pointed out something a little less adorable. Namely that the Morse code is… not correct.

Let’s examine how the word FLYNN would look in Morse code:


an expert in morse code (me)

And now let’s examine what the tattoo ~actually~ says:


again, the expert

Here they are side-by-side — with the correct spelling on top, Orlando’s tattoo below, and a handy red arrow pointing out the dot that is supposed to be there, but isn’t.


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Morse code for R is dot dash dot, but L is dot dash dot dot. An easy mistake to make.

To be fair, the likelihood of random strangers getting close enough to the tattoo to interpret it themselves is slim, and the likelihood of them knowing Morse code is even slimmer. Maybe Flynn’s nickname is Frynn? I don’t know! Plus, the thought is still cute.

But regardless, there’s a lesson here, and it’s to always double, triple, and quadruple check the spelling of your tattoos ~before~ they’re inked into your skin forever.

A representative for Orlando Bloom has been contacted for comment.

Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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