Mighty Red Pen

September 22, 2011

Without a doubt: no vs. know

Filed under: Lit review,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 6:41 pm
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I really liked this typo that I spotted in Financial Planning for the Utterly Confused by Joel Lerner.

I liked it because it made me think. “Each month you know doubt.” Okay, so in order to complete the sentence correctly, it’s supposed to be “Each month you no doubt,” as in “Each month you no doubt receive a monthly statement.” And yet, because the book is about financial planning (for the utterly confused), for a moment, even though it didn’t actually make sense in the rest of the sentence, my mind tricked me into thinking it was somehow correct. Because the truth is that each month I do know doubt, on finance or on any number of topics. So for a moment, it became a bit of a philosophical declaration of fact: “Each month you know doubt.”

Whoa.

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