Mighty Red Pen

January 8, 2012

This error’s got me feeling so Blue … Ivy

Filed under: Overseen,Pop culture — mighty red pen @ 7:29 pm

That ha-ha-thunk sound you hear? That’s the sound of me laughing my head off. And no, it’s not because Beyoncé and Jay-Z named their child Blue Ivy. It’s because of this error, which is such a D-U-M-B copyediting mistake that laughing is the only thing to do.

Here we have an article about Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new baby girl. As pointed out by the article, some people are confused by the name: Is it Blue Ivy or Ivy Blue?

Okay, we’ve now established it’s Blue Ivy, right? Definitively established that the child’s name is BLUE IVY. Right?

Which is why you have to do a complete double take a few paragraphs later when you arrive at this query:

Um, what do I think of the name Ivy Blue? I don’t know! Who cares? The child’s name is Blue Ivy! Which was well-established several paragraphs earlier! By you!

Somewhere, there’s a copy editor that’s feeling pretty, um, blue.



  1. Nobody wants a blue baby, not even a copy editor.

    Comment by Nancy Friedman — January 8, 2012 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  2. Aw, man! I was hoping that the rumors were true that Jay-Z and Beyonce combined their names and called their child “Bejayzus.”

    Comment by Andy Hollandbeck (@4ndyman) — January 9, 2012 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

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