For those of you that read this when I published it 15 days ago, here is a fun update. I sent Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) an email in early October, and tweeted him on November 7, letting him know that his article where Ben Sass asked President Trump if he was recanting his oath of office had some typos. Those typos remain in the story as of November 22. Apparently Andrew either a) doesn’t read email and/or tweets, b) doesn’t give a damn about how poor his product is, or c) both.
I also emailed Carol Kuruvilla (
@CarolKuruvilla) on November 1, and tweeted her and the Huff Post on November 7, about her story on the pastor being banned from a university. Huge kudos to Carol, she corrected her story within 24 hours!! Thanks Carol.
I’m a fantastic editor. No really, just ask any co-worker or fellow grad school student whose document or presentation I’ve nitpicked to death. (I’m also a currently unemployed project manager but hey, I can edit, so if anyone wants to hire me, you can contact me through this blog!) I find all kinds of typos and mistakes in other people’s work, although I must confess if you go through my posts you’ll likely find things I’ve missed, since my eagle eyes seem to fly off when I own it. I do try to remember to run things though spell and grammar check, but occasionally get lazy, or just forget. Be that as it may, as I said in a prior post, it does seem nearly all of the editors that once checked things for printed format have been deemed unnecessary in the digital age. Poof! So I continue to collect evidence for your amusement, although the first example isn’t an online one, but nonetheless, should have been caught by SOMEONE before it was printed on the wrap.
From People Mag online, September 28, 2017, in an article about HRH Prince Harry (yes, I confess, I love to read stories about him. I’m fascinated by the man he’s become.)
From NBCNews.com (10/12/17), in a story about Senator Ben Sass asking President Trump if he is recanting the oath of office:
and the same article, a few paragraphs later:
(It should read ‘past’, in case you’re wondering. The days are what are past in this context. Passed is what you do with a hat. Or gas. And yes, I did email the article’s author on this, sheesh. Hence the screenshots. As of 11/6/17 it had not been corrected.)
From The Huffington Post on 11/1/17, in an article on a Pastor who was banned from a university after speaking out about Trump because the university’s president is a Trump supporter.
(Seriously? NO ONE caught that? I could’t help myself. I emailed the HuffPost on it. Shame on them for not using spell check. As of 11/6/17, this has also not been corrected.)
Since no one is apparently reading email anymore either, I’ve also taken to Twitter to raise the alert. Maybe putting the message out in front of thousands will make ’em wake up and edit. I know, it’s not my job to police the world, and you can’t legislate stupidity. But I sure can have fun trying!
What great editorial misses have you spotted lately? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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Oops! Especially spelling ‘deserves’ wrong on the side of a bus. Yikes. There was a funny grammar oops going around Twitter. A newspaper headline forgot a crucial hyphen. Instead of saying “students get first-hand job experience,” it said “students get first hand job experience. Big oopsie! 😄
Oh my, that is a biggie!! I swear no one uses their brain any more. That one is pretty funny though.
I wonder if going to Twitter will make a difference with the ones above? I know I actually did have another, but promised anonymity to the author. He and I exchanged messages via Twitter (which have been deleted so no one can find them, haha!!) on one I found, and he was grateful that I let him know about the error as no one else had! Again, it was one that spell check would never catch but human eyes would have to, but since he was so kind and receptive to the update, I told him I’d never rat him out, LOL.
I’m sorta convinced writing will wither away by the end of this century. Emojis, memes and photos seem to be edging out actual words lately.
Can anything be done?
Rebel! Start a blog! Seriously though, some of the best writing I see is from blogs, both here on WordPress as well as on other hosted sites, and I’ve found some wonderful book writers here as well. This is a well linked community, and I think we’re the folks that will keep the written word alive. But you have a valid point, there is far too much speaking in shorthand happening. It’s sad when a whole conversation consists of emoticons, emojis and LOL’s.
I’ve seen so many errors in so-called serious publications that I don’t even bother to note them anymore. I just wince, twitch, and move on. Sad but true.
I’m probably going to have to learn to take that approach, otherwise this blog could end up being nothing but articles about errors.
Still, though, lots of them are good for a laugh. I particularly enjoyed the headline about students getting their first hand job experience: https://boingboing.net/2017/10/31/headline-fail-kansas-students.html