Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 12:33:13 -0500 From: Tom Creswell 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 editor. 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. . -----Original Message----- From: Carol Andrus To: 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 our >language? It's a common buzzword in corporate writing...a sea change in >management, etc. > >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 in >the CSMonitor. Even the most respected newspapers are coming up with >inexcusable typos: the CSM recently described a new hairstyle as designed to >resemble a Roman centurion's helmut, which my German friend Helmut loved! and >the NYTimes had a headline: Study of Prostrate Cancer Proves Inneffective -- >2 boners in one headline! Sorry to ramble. >