Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I'm glad I'm not this copy editor

From today's Metro:

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Was he lewd? Was he rude? He was both! He was "lude"! (Also considered: "rewd".)


Blogger Scott said...

I'm hanging on to the faint hope that his behavior somehow involved the use of pills or tablets containing methaqualone.

5/10/2006 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Believe it or not, that was actually my first thought when I saw it. But I think it was just a mistake. Remember, kids: Always double-check the headlines.

5/10/2006 02:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, wow.

- Gloria

(Word verification: kgbcal? All I could think of was "KGB: Calgary!")

5/10/2006 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Carlson said...

I'd imagine the editors were too mesmerized by the stunning art accompanying the story, apparently detailing two torsos in love.

In college I once accidentally misspelled "public" in a headline about safety, thus turning "public fires" into "pubic fires." How I wish I'd done it intentionally.

5/10/2006 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger James said...

yeah, but in college it's expected and all but encouraged to screw up a time or two. By the time you've gotten to the copy-editing desk of a newspaper servicing the largest city in the nation, it's assumed you've gotten these things out of your system.

Also, I can forgive public/pubic. It's a dropped letter, and clearly no more than an embarrassing type. "Lude", on the other hand, can't be typo'd for "lewd" without the sort of keyboard fumbling that'd usually be accompanied by a man bashing his head off your keyboard while he shrieks synonyms at you with the intent to distract.

5/10/2006 09:10:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

It's the stuff that you just assume is going to be right that is the trouble. Although we managed to catch it before it went to press, we once shipped a Q&A column at work that I realized after the fact was actually an A&Q; beside each question was a big A, and beside each answer was a big Q. Sadly, it was not an interview with Alex Trebek.

5/10/2006 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I'm quite fond of the caption earlier in the paper: "Holly Jones’ friend, eight-year-old Elora Barnes, leaves the Holly Jones Parkette butterfly garden after helping to beautify it yesterday with about 20 neighbourhood children."

Neighbourhood children! The fresh and funky alternative to garden gnomes!

5/10/2006 09:56:00 PM  

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