Mighty Red Pen

May 1, 2010

Under the volano

Filed under: Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 5:34 pm
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This little tidbit spotted in a fundraising flyer.

I want to imagine that perhaps Volano is some exotic place that is so known for its fiery passion and intensity that just thinking of it would invoke such a rich hue of red.  For example, “I’m sorry I haven’t returned your calls, but Armando unexpectedly took me to Volano for the weekend. It was magnificent.” Or some such thing.

Alas, although I learned that there is a place in Italy called Volano and was willing to entertain the notion that maybe this is a reference to Volano red wine, I think it’s more likely that this is probably just a run-of-the-mill typo for volcano.

But don’t feel bad, fundraising flyer proofreader—even the proofreaders at CBSnews.com made this mistake (as did this place and this place, to name just a few).


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