Mighty Red Pen

May 18, 2009

Big typo theory

Filed under: Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 7:27 pm
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This little tidbit spotted in People magazine (5/18/09), p. 41:

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I don’t know about their copy editor, but that sinking feeling of finding a typo in something that’s already gone to print is certainly one with which MRP can identify.



  1. Okay, I give up. Where’s the typo?

    Comment by Monkeys — May 18, 2009 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  2. Either I’m missing something or it appears Mighty Red Pen red-penned too hastily. Certainly we don’t like to see Jim Parsons being an actor some may not identify with. This is a terminal preposition “up with which we shall not put!” However, as the original sentence stands, it seems they wrote it exactly as they meant it. It is quite possible he is an actor who sees himself as a role model for fans who might not identify with 90210 (i.e., the ultra-cool characters in the TV series).

    BTW, can you help me corroberate/rectify the following story? I heard this long ago and can only approximate it:

    One day Winston Churchill was speaking to the British Parliament and gave the following definition: “Prepositions are little words you’re not supposed to end sentences with.”

    When another MP pointed out that he had just ended a sentence with a preposition, Mr. Churchill retorted, “That is a case of strident pedantry up with which we shall not put!”

    (Far be it from the great wordsmith to end a sentence two prepositions!)

    Comment by Oscar — May 28, 2009 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  3. Oscar — Don’t worry, I’m not the kind of nitpicky word nerd that blanches at the sight of a preposition at the end of a sentence! I try to avoid them but not the extreme.

    Actually, what’s wrong with this is a wee typo in the word “identify” which appears as “identity.”

    Thanks for bringing up the Churchill story, you have it fairly close (it’s actually “arrant pedantry”–as an aside, there is an excellent word nerd blog of that name). You can learn more about this story here.

    Comment by mighty red pen — May 28, 2009 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

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