Mighty Red Pen

April 3, 2008

Never too early to get started

Filed under: Overseen,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 7:15 pm
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Three cheers for Kenton Stufflebeam. Evidently, someone’s got to proofread the signs over at the Smithsonian, and he’s just the one to do it.

ALLEGAN, Mich. – Is fifth-grader Kenton Stufflebeam smarter than the Smithsonian?

On a winter break trip with his family to the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Museum of Natural History, the 11-year-old southwestern Michigan boy noticed that a notation, in bold lettering, mistakenly identified the Precambrian as an era.

So what did young Stufflebeam do? Like the good little editor he is apparently destined to become, he wrote a comment to the Smithsonian, pointing out their error (oh, how he would make Lynne Truss proud). And they wrote back, acknowledging the error. According to the article, “The solution to the problem would not involve advanced science but rather simply painting over the word ‘era,’ the note says.”

And, in what is possibly MRP’s favorite part of our young word nerd’s story:

Excited as he was to receive the correspondence from museum officials, he couldn’t help but point out that it was addressed to Kenton Slufflebeam.

Read all about Stufflebeam v. the Smithsonian. In the meantime, someone send that boy a box of red pens. He’s going to need them.

1 Comment »

  1. This is amazing. While I’ve never worked professionally as an editor I’ve always been somewhat of an “armchair editor”. This young man lives about 60 miles away from me, and attends the same school I did as a child.

    Comment by Darguz Parsilvan — January 14, 2009 @ 7:16 am | Reply


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