Alternatively: "You got Trussed!"
Thursday, April 3, 2008
A little over a month after the NYT misspelled the book's title
, the Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Curse has struck again.
After leaving out a colon in the headline, the press release
for Literally, the Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again
begins with the observation that "Penguin Group (USA) created a sensation over punctuation with the release of Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss..."
That would be Lynne Truss
, actually. With apologies to Mighty Red Pen
, here's a screenshot of the error:
As Word Wise
so rightly observed
: "you can no longer assume traditional spellings of names."
Check names and dates, people — this is basic stuff. Always
(Editosphere veterans will recognize the Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Curse as a meta-manifestation of McKean's Law
: "Any correction of the speech or writing of others will contain at least one grammatical, spelling, or typographical error." No one is exempt.)
Labels: editing, grammar politics
I guess McKean's Law also explains the missing hyphen in the title of Truss's book.
Think reactive, not reactionary