Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 12:33:13 -0500
From: Tom Creswell creswell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CROWN.NET
Subject: Re: sea change
Of the three "boners" cited, only one _inneffective_ is an obvious aand
incontestable simple typo.
_Prostrate_ for _prostate_ is what I call a Spelchek error--the kind
resulting from having copy run through a computer spelling checker, which
accepts any "word" it finds in its dictionary, regardless of context or
meaning, and not having it subsequently checked by a live human copy
About _helmut_, I can't be sure; it is most likely also a typo, but its
source is problematical. It is unlikely that any spelling checker has
_helmut_ as an entry, so tt seems most likely that it arises from a faulty
transcription of a voice message, as the syllable has a schwa vowel in
normal pronunciation, but of course a live copyeditor would have caught it.
The frequency of Spelchek errors in presumably edited printed material
suggests that the downsizing frenzy has extended to the copyediting
department of many newspaper, book, and magazine publishers. .
From: Carol Andrus CLAndrus[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
To: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
Date: Friday, October 24, 1997 9:45 AM
Subject: sea change
Can someone enlighten me about when the expression "sea change" came into
language? It's a common buzzword in corporate writing...a sea change in
Also, some words in English have a separate meaning for the plural, as in
premise and premises (Macy's recently had a big sign at the 34th St.
entrance: "No Solicitation on the Premise!") Daily, the NY Times uses the
term "ground" as "he sued her on the ground that"...Isn't this a legal term
and used in the plural? On the grounds that? I also see the singular usage
the CSMonitor. Even the most respected newspapers are coming up with
inexcusable typos: the CSM recently described a new hairstyle as designed
resemble a Roman centurion's helmut, which my German friend Helmut loved!
the NYTimes had a headline: Study of Prostrate Cancer Proves
2 boners in one headline! Sorry to ramble.