Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Sun Apr 10 19:09:27 UTC 2005

On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 09:58:23 +0100, neil <neil at TYPOG.CO.UK> wrote:

>I suppose this could actually be true:
>'A correspondent who doesn't make these things up writes: "My sister tells
>me that in a front-page report in the International Herald Tribune about the
>Pope's lying-in-state, he is described as lying with a great silver crow's
>ear on his chest."
>This kind of thing often happened, particularly in the Guardian, in days
>when stories had to be phoned through to copy-takers, which is how we came
>to review a work called Lazy Luminations, by Britten, but I had not thought
>it still happened today.'
>--Smallweed, 'The Guardian', 9 April 2005, 21

It's true, though the wording was a little different.  Here's how it still
appears on the online Herald Tribune:

Tucked under his left arm was the silver staff, called the crow's ear,
that he had carried in public.

The article first appeared in the New York Times.  In the online edition
of the Times they corrected it to "crosier":


But Google's cache still shows "crow's ear":


--Ben Zimmer

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