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Old 04-17-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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I don't see why anyone would be offended!, said Bob Sessions of Penguin group Australia.
really???? you don't get why
"...salt and freshly ground black people..."

would be offensive? it was an honest mistake until you called it "silly". now it IS offensive.

and these are the folks that we expect to be reasonable over ebook prices!
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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Not sure I understand what your link has to do with the quote??

What does a Frappr map has to do with freshly ground black people..?
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Not sure I understand what your link has to do with the quote??

What does a Frappr map has to do with freshly ground black people..?
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Not sure I understand what your link has to do with the quote??

What does a Frappr map has to do with freshly ground black people..?
wow that was a huge glitch!

try it again
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:56 PM   #5
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Spell check gone amok!
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:34 AM   #6
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Would it have been offensive if the same typo had appeared in a recipe which simply called for freshly-ground pepper?

No ... everybody seeing "freshly-ground people" in the ingredients would have laughed their asses off, shouted "It's people! It's people!", and suggested the cookbook be retitled "To Serve Man".

Among all the atrocities that humans have committed on other humans, I'm unaware of organized cannibalism by non-black people on black people being any one of them. Therefore, it couldn't be construed as a reference to something bad someone's ancestors did to someone else's ancestors, because for something to be an offensive reference, there must be something for it to refer to.

It's just a typo that got mangled by a spelling checker. Yes, a silly mistake. Nothing more sinister than that. And trying to blow it up into anything more important than it is serves no one except those who wish to divide and rule.

The real offense is that someone thinks spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto is food.
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:30 AM   #7
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Exactly. It was just a typo. There was no intention behind it. The upsetting thing is that people use innocent typos for there own purpose and forces the destruction of resources.
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:34 AM   #8
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This incident, even if silly (yes, there is no other word for making such noise in behalf of a spelling mistake present only in one recipe) proves once again the strong role of proofreading in books.
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:49 AM   #9
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Yep, Bob's right. It's a mistake and an amusing one, not worthy of causing offense, unless the book was really expensive.

Besides, my [admittedly superficial] experience tells me that humans taste basically the same. If the typo is intentional, it must be for garnish reasons only.

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Old 04-18-2010, 06:55 AM   #10
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Besides, my [admittedly superficial] experience tells me that humans taste basically the same. If the typo is intentional, it must be for garnish reasons only.


Edit, added; automatic spell-checkers sometimes gives really weird results.

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Old 04-18-2010, 07:13 AM   #11
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it's the attitude of the publisher on the back end that is offensive. instead of "oh my! terribly sorry!" he comes out on the offensive telling people that they are "silly" to be offended. I completely get that it is a silly little mistake. his attitude makes it not silly and not little
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it's the attitude of the publisher on the back end that is offensive. instead of "oh my! terribly sorry!" he comes out on the offensive telling people that they are "silly" to be offended. I completely get that it is a silly little mistake. his attitude makes it not silly and not little
Most likely his dismissal of it is a response to irritating press reporters badgering him endlessly until he admits that his company is full of racist cannibals.

I for one am hoping for something less mature. I hope that their next cookbook featuring spicy dishes will have "dried and crushed red chilean people" in it. Would love to see how Bob handles that.

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Old 04-18-2010, 08:04 AM   #13
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I don't really see how anyone could mistype "people" instead of "pepper", - unless it was some kind of Freudian slip - and since both would be recognised by a spellchecker as legitimate words I don't buy that explanation either. If the first or the second "p" of pepper were to be mistyped with an "o" an English language spellchecker would suggest "pepper" but would not suggest "people".
I can understand that some layout artist or typesetter thought it would be "funny" to replace pepper with people and having done so it got through whatever proofing process followed.

It would not be the same issue if the recipe had called for white pepper and this had been "mistyped" as "white people" in part at least because of the history of the relationships between black people and white people in Australia and elsewhere. And that's why the original error is offensive and the response of the publisher more so.
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it's the attitude of the publisher on the back end that is offensive. instead of "oh my! terribly sorry!" he comes out on the offensive telling people that they are "silly" to be offended. I completely get that it is a silly little mistake. his attitude makes it not silly and not little
Don't you think that it IS silly to be offended by a typo?
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Don't you think that it IS silly to be offended by a typo?
Typos always offend me if I paid hard-earned money for a book - just shows the publisher doesn't care about the customer.
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