I haven't blobbed (I mean, blogged) in a while. It's thyme. I mean, time.
Would you like fries with that bugger? I mean burger.
And you say typos don't matter?
As a former copy editor, I say: They do!
A front-page article in yesterday's McPaper, a.k.a.
USA Today, got me thinking. Evidently, a few typos here and there have wreaked havoc with a few laws. Such as inadvertently setting the wrong limits for drunken driving (such that every driver would be guilty). Or adding a grand total of 1.5 cents to a state treasury, um, instead of $8 million. All because of sloppy editing.
I did a little browsing and, courtesy of a Dr. Jo Koster of Winthrop University, I discovered these, edited to suit my fashion (c'mon, Dr. K, The Laughorist got you a little free publicity):
"To be or to be." Well, I knew Hamlet had some issues; maybe they were just trying to simplify his choices. According to Dr. Koster, six professional proofreaders failed to catch the mistake.
"This contract shall be effective as of the singing of this agreement."
---From a customer’s rental agreement; he was not a vocalist.
“He used his wench to pull his truck out of the ditch.”
---Feminists were undoubtedly outraged.
“I know judo, karate, jujitsu and other forms of marital arts.” (Dr. Andrew, can you weigh in on this?)
---Next time, try love, honor, and lack of dismay.
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--Open Education Exchange
Laurgh. Or. . .