MRP loves the stories about the young word nerds working earnestly to preserve truth, justice, and the grammarian’s way, so I was delighted to hear about Geoffrey Stanford of East High School in Wichita, Kansas. According to The Wichita Eagle,
So while taking his state writing test last week, the East High junior saw something that didn’t make sense: The word “emission”—as in “the emission of greenhouse gases”—was spelled “omission.”
“I thought, ‘Surely they’re not talking about leaving out carbon dioxide altogether.’ It just didn’t make sense,” said Stanford, 17. “It had to be a mistake.”
Stanford, a linebacker and International Baccalaureate student, alerted English teacher Jennifer Fry, who alerted the district test coordinator, who alerted state education officials, who were, as you might imagine, embarrassed.
According to the article, although he’s a bit of a stickler, young Stanford doesn’t plan to include a career in proofreading in his future. Hmm, that might just be a serious omission.
Hat tip to Gopher.