Wednesday, October 06, 2010

No. 1 seed

And how stands the state of popular culture at the Newspaper of Record? Well, the spaghetti tacos -- they're an Internet sensation!* -- rate a reefer on the front. And inside:

A Reporter’s Notebook article on Monday about the trial of four men on charges of plotting to bomb synagogues in the Bronx quoted incorrectly from comments by the judge, Colleen McMahon. Judge McMahon, speaking of her preference for brevity, said, “My goal in life is to pare words from overly long, redundant, verbose, disorganized charges that have grown like Topsy over time.” She did not say “grown like top seed.” (“Grow like Topsy” is a reference to a character in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” who says at one point, “I spect I grow’d.”)

This is from the category of "telephone" errors: the process by which "human resources" become "human race horses," as some of you Usual Suspects will recall. From such tiny seeds do great eggcorns grow.

* "Mom blogs and cooking websites are filled with recipes," to be precise.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of spaghetti tacos:

2:58 AM, October 07, 2010  

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