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Old 04-18-2010, 08:37 PM   #1
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Why copy editors are a good idea

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"An Australian publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with "salt and freshly ground black people.""
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:43 PM   #2
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So is the thread title an intentional joke?
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Pretty sloppy joe of those editors! They should be fried!
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:58 PM   #4
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:01 PM   #5
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So is the thread title an intentional joke?
No, typo. I need a good copy editor.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:02 PM   #6
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Anyone can make a mistake, and I can see someone under pressure to make a deadline typing "people" instead of "pepper"; but what really shows cluelessness is the statement by Bob Sessions, the head of publishing for Penguin Group Australia:

"[W]hy anyone would be offended, we don't know."
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:08 AM   #7
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I already started this thread yesterday. and am getting a lot of flak for thinking the publisher is out of line
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:43 AM   #8
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... but what really shows cluelessness is the statement by Bob Sessions, the head of publishing for Penguin Group Australia:

"[W]hy anyone would be offended, we don't know."
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I already started this thread yesterday. and am getting a lot of flak for thinking the publisher is out of line
I didn't know you had started a thread on the same topic on the 17th, but it's good to know we're on the same page in our thinking on this.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:53 AM   #9
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Anyone can make a mistake, and I can see someone under pressure to make a deadline typing "people" instead of "pepper"; but what really shows cluelessness is the statement by Bob Sessions, the head of publishing for Penguin Group Australia:
Well, remember this?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...e-jackson-jive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDlfgA7jfLE
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:26 PM   #10
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Yes, and Harry Connick Jr. reacted just as I would have to that minstrel show. 40 years ago I visited Australia, and while there dated an Aborigine. The stares we got were undisguised in their disgust. I've never received those kind of stares here in the states when going places with my son's African-American ex-girlfriend. Of course, things have changed here in the past 40 years, so perhaps things have changed there as well.

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Old 04-19-2010, 03:51 PM   #11
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Although this is an egregious error, it is a rarer error type than the type of errors usually seen. I'm reading the new David Weber novel (in hardcover) from Tor and the first error I spotted was the use of flour for flow.
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:24 PM   #12
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and the first error I spotted was the use of flour for flow.
That looks like an OCR error.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:41 PM   #13
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Why copy editors are a bad idea== some times the lack of one can create a new meme!

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Yes, and Harry Connick Jr. reacted just as I would have to that minstrel show. 40 years ago I visited Australia, and while there dated an Aborigine. The stares we got were undisguised in their disgust. I've never received those kind of stares here in the states when going places with my son's African-American ex-girlfriend. Of course, things have changed here in the past 40 years, so perhaps things have changed there as well.
Aussies have a long history of carefully ignoring inconvenient 'facts'. We never had slavery like the terrible Americans - we only had blackbirding, which was completely different because the people were paid a bit and sometimes even allowed to go home at the end of their contracts.

We're the least racist folk on earth. And if those nasty indigenous folks reckon any different, they can stir themselves out of their slums and tell me in person. After having a shower.



(Hoping like hell that people see the sarcasm in what I've written, rather than taking it at face value and getting horribly offended...)
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