Mighty Red Pen

February 15, 2009

East High eagle eye: Emission vs omission

Filed under: Spellbound,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 6:52 pm
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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.”

It was.

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.



  1. Nice. I hope he got extra credit for that!

    Comment by Nancy a.k.a. Roving Lemon — February 15, 2009 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  2. I think that the Gloucester Department of Public Works would be wise to get in touch with Mr. Stanford.

    Comment by hugh.c.mcbride — February 16, 2009 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  3. […] the difference between an emission and an omission? […]

    Pingback by (Dianne) Fox Writes » [proofreading] Thursday Proofing Post — February 19, 2009 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

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