Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Even The New York Times Gets Cot--Ulp, Caught--in the Spell Check Trap

Here's the latest from a New York Times feature on the mistakes they make:

A quote about the DSK case:

"While the American justice system has its origins in British common law and involves ordinary citizens at almost every level, the French judicial system is rooted in the Napoleonic Code and is largely conducted behind closed doors. Suspects are typically ushered into courthouses through discrete side entrances, out of view of the public."

The comment:

"The side doors may indeed be “discrete,” meaning “separate.” But we seemed to mean “discreet” — that is, allowing for privacy — and eventually changed it to that."

Glad to see that even the mightiest get caught (cot) not reading for sense (cents).

Here's a classic argument for the need to pay attention to what your writing (righting.)

1 comment:

Muzition said...

"The The Impotence of Proofreading" is a classic.

The mistake that annoys me the most lately is the use of the word "everyday" when the phrase "every day" is meant. For example, someone will write "everyday I go to school." I've even seen this mistake in the Gazette.