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Old 12-13-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say?

Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say?

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.


I just couldn't help but send this along. Too funny...

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No crap, really? Ya think?
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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!
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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
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Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
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War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!
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If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!
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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!
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Enfield (London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?
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Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!
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New Study of Obesity Looks for LargerTest Group
Weren't they fat enough?!
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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
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Local High School DropoutsCut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
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And the winner is....

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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In days of old when editors were bold proofreading was invented
The errors caught were published naught and they said what they intended.

But those days are gone, cost cutting is strong and
the proofreaders on lay off.
So errors fly, right to your eye and at them
We can scoff.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:59 PM   #3
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It amazes me in the computer age with automatic spell check how there can be so many misspelled words in headlines.

Today's new headline word: familar

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Old 12-13-2011, 07:15 PM   #4
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First Posted: 12/13/11 11:46 AM ET Updated: 12/13/11 11:46 AM ET


The New York Times corrected a 26-year old mistake on Tuesday.
In 1985, a reader wrote the paper a letter correcting its use of the phrase "hansom cabs" to describe the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. Hansom cabs have just two wheels, whereas carriages have four. The Times published the letter, but continued to use "hansom cabs" incorrectly until Tuesday, when it issued a correction for the mistake in an article from last week.
This is not the first time the paper has issued a correction for an error made decades before. In 1969, the Times retracted a 1920 editorial that claimed space travel was impossible.

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Old 12-15-2011, 09:08 PM   #5
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It isn't spell checking that's the major culprit, but the correctly spelled wrong word. A few years back it was reported that a local paper had won a "Pullet Surprise". There was a classified ad for "AKC registered Datsun puppies". I just goes on for ever. Many times, the words are correct in the article, but the headline writer gets it wrong.
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