Hey, in 1989's The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, a bearded David Banner changes into a beardless Hulk (three times!). If the metamorphosis causes a bearded Banner to change into a beardless Hulk, then I guess the logical suspension of disbelief is to accept Banner's five toes become the Hulk's three toes!
Jack Kirby accidentally drew Reed Richards with two left hands in Fantastic Four #88.
Always wondered why Sinnott didn't correct it in the inking stage. And I guess Stan or production didn't notice it (and have M. Severin or Romita Sr., both of whom did a lot of art corrections back then, redo the hand).
Or maybe it was decided not to mess with it, as it's certainly a most impressive piece of art!
Because of this I grew up with the wrong interpretation of that phrase (it was the first time I'd heard it).
I feel you. It was either Len Wein or Marv Wolfman who routinely used "penultimate" to mean "ultimate." I was in college before I learned the difference.
More likely that it was Wolfman - I recall reading somewhere (probably on Jim Shooter's blog) that he also once misused the word noisome, i.e., he thought it was a synonym for noisy or something similar.