[Ads-l] Grammatical error in the New Yorker

Jocelyn Limpert jocelyn.limpert at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 10 19:24:04 EST 2016


In the case of the New Yorker, you'll be hard pressed to do that, as any
editor will tell you. Their editing is almost beyond human!

On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 7:21 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

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> I'm sure that you can pick up any random issue of the magazine and find =
> an error.=20
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> That's not to slight the New Yorker or the quality of the editorial =
> staff, just recognition that the editors are human.
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> 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!
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> 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 =3D=20
> > "published," which made it even harder for me to spot. I don't know=20
> > how =3D it appeared in the original publication.
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> > The occasional proofing error should never be criticized. Everyone=20
> > makes =3D them, and they are hard as hell to spot and correct.=20
> > (Especially when =3D it's your own writing.)
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> > Behalf =3D Of George Thompson
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> > There's also a mental autocorrect: I didn't spot =
> =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cscheduled to=20
> > =3D published=3DE2=3D80=3D9D probably because I automatically read it =
> as=20
> > =3DE2=3D80=3D9Cscheduled to =3D publish=3DE2=3D80=3D9D.  Which is why =
> proofing a=20
> > 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 =3D=20
> > <timoteostewart1977 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
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> > > Has anybody ever done a typology of ways errors appear in =
> print?=3D20=20
> > > Recent additions to such a typology would include autocorrect=20
> > > fails,=3D20 speech to text fails, and (my favorite) copy-and-paste=20
> > > fails. When I =3D
> > saw "published"
> > > for "publish" my first thought was the writer reshaping the=20
> > > paragraph=3D20 via copy and paste and forgetting to update the form =
> of "publish".
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 9:26 AM Jonathan Lighter=3D20=20
> > > <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
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> > > > Homey don't play that!
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > JL
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> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 9:09 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> =3D
> > wrote:
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> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > JL (not our beloved JL): <<  I never thought I'd live to =
> see=3D20=20
> > > > > "President
> > > >
> > > > > Trump"! The sky is indeed falling!!  ... argue with ... Homey=20
> > > > > the
> > > Clown?
> > > >
> > > > > Not I.  >>
> > > >
> > > > > WB:  Canada beckons. Straight no'th. May have to speak French.=20
> > > > > Au
> > > revoir.
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> > George A. Thompson
> > The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
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