Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Quizzes in real life

Still wondering why those sentences containing "chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court" keep showing up on exercises in editing class, and why you keep losing points for not fixing them?

An article on Saturday about the variety of fashion choices made by New York City's judges misstated the title once held by two former United States Supreme Court justices — John Jay, who was often pictured wearing a scarlet and black robe with silver trim, and John Marshall, who departed from tradition by wearing a plain silk black robe. They were chief justices of the United States — there is no such title as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The NYT does lots of things well. That doesn't mean, and never has meant, that it does everything right.

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