Friday, December 22, 2006

Eds: Inserts dropped word "not"

You know you're really a copy editor when, ch. LXXVII:

The first thing you do on seeing a correction on the wire is to look for the original, especially if the writethru is topped by a cool phrase like "Eds: Inserts dropped word 'not' in 6th graf." Thus, the appearance of:

Eds: FIXES wording in lede
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Three people who were fleeing police died Friday after crashing into a tractor-trailer parked on an Interstate 70 exit ramp, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.


sets the evil mind to wondering: What wording might the desk have in mind? Let's see ...

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Three people who were feeling police died Friday after crashing into a tractor-trailer parked on an Interstate 70 exit ramp, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

By the way? Anybody who claims to have never committed a blunder to type doesn't get to laugh at this one.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Editor magnets.

EDS: Please note language in 6th graf.

If we put this sort of stuff on top of stories in the paper, we'd draw more readers than actual headlines would ...

10:39 PM, December 22, 2006  

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