[Ads-l] Grammatical error in the New Yorker

Jocelyn Limpert jocelyn.limpert at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 10 17:22:18 EST 2016


But the New Yorker prides itself for -- and is well known for -- its
error-free prose! That's why this was such a noteworthy oversight!

On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

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> 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.
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> 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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> There's also a mental autocorrect: I didn't spot =E2=80=9Cscheduled to =
> published=E2=80=9D
> probably because I automatically read it as =E2=80=9Cscheduled to =
> publish=E2=80=9D.  Which is why proofing a text is so hard to do right.
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> GAT
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> On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 10:45 AM, Tim Stewart =
> <timoteostewart1977 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> > Has anybody ever done a typology of ways errors appear in print?=20
> > Recent additions to such a typology would include autocorrect fails,=20
> > 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=20
> > via copy and paste and forgetting to update the form of "publish".
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> > On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 9:26 AM Jonathan Lighter=20
> > <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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> > > Homey don't play that!
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> > > JL
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> > > On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 9:09 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> =
> wrote:
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> > > > JL (not our beloved JL): <<  I never thought I'd live to see=20
> > > > "President
> > >
> > > > Trump"! The sky is indeed falling!!  ... argue with ... Homey the
> > Clown?
> > >
> > > > Not I.  >>
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> > > > WB:  Canada beckons. Straight no'th. May have to speak French. Au
> > revoir.
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