We're only six days in but it's safe to say we've already seen the worst typo of 2017.

Esteemed newspaper the Washington Post has apologised after an "embarassing" mix-up on the cover of one of its free daily magazines.

The Washington Post Express led with an article about a 150,000-strong women's rights march set to take on Washington during the inaugaration of Donald Trump on January 10.

The cover showed people crowded into a shape of a gender symbol and the line "The modest start of a massive march".

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It was a cover that could have been a poignant tribute to the cause - if the Express hadn't accidentally used the male gender symbol instead of a female.

"We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we're very embarrassed," the Washington Post Express said.

"We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol."

It also released an image of how the cover should have looked, promising the correct image would appear in tomorrow's paper.