[Ads-l] Grammatical error in the New Yorker

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sat Dec 10 13:15:46 EST 2016


When I saw it there was a line break between the "to" and the "published," which made it even harder for me to spot. I don't know how it appeared in the original publication.

The occasional proofing error should never be criticized. Everyone makes them, and they are hard as hell to spot and correct. (Especially when it's your own writing.)


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Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Grammatical error in the New Yorker

There's also a mental autocorrect: I didn't spot “scheduled to published”
probably because I automatically read it as “scheduled to publish”.  Which is why proofing a text is so hard to do right.

GAT

On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 10:45 AM, Tim Stewart <timoteostewart1977 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Has anybody ever done a typology of ways errors appear in print? 
> Recent additions to such a typology would include autocorrect fails, 
> speech to text fails, and (my favorite) copy-and-paste fails. When I saw "published"
> for "publish" my first thought was the writer reshaping the paragraph 
> via copy and paste and forgetting to update the form of "publish".
>
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