Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Great Moments in Copy Editing

" ... enjoy an appetizer of Shrimp Louis or Lump Crap Cocktail ..."

And here's what's not so great about this moment in copy editing: I didn't catch the typo. One of my colleagues did -- after yours truly had read the document.

Yikes.

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7 comments:

Blackwell said...

And this isn't even the age of hand-typesetting when you really *did* have to mind your p's and b's! Ack!

Funny typo from student (who I don't even think understands the concept of being careful with spellcheck, much less what a quick proofread is): "Lady Macbeth said, 'Genital, my lord.'" I just wanna know what she typed in that *that* was her first choice of fix.

June Casagrande said...

And did Genital reply, "I'm honored, m'labia"?

Sorry. Couldn't' resist.

You should save those student flubs. You'll have a book on your hands someday.

Blackwell said...

Shared that with the English department. They thought it was hilarious! (Except for the one who hasn't been negatively influenced by teenagers and thought it was vulgar. Oh well.)

June Casagrande said...

There's always one, isn't there? Of course it's vulgar. That's why seeing on a professionally laid-out newspaper page is funny.

Speaking of culinary delicacies, I remember you mentioned that you liked trying out new restaurants. Ted and I went to Malbec on Green Street last night. Argentinian place. Excellent. We've been there in the afternoon and to pick up empanadas before, but we've never done the full-on dinner there. Really good. I highly recommend it.

Blackwell said...

EXACTLY. :P

Ooh, thanks! I've driven by that place several times and it looks lovely! Will definitely do it soon.

Michael Thomas Ford said...

Does the lump crap come on a bed of ice?

June Casagrande said...

I believe it's stirred, not shaken.

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