Mighty Red Pen

August 15, 2012

Vamoose! (mousse vs. moose)

Filed under: Overseen,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 5:55 pm
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Well-documented, I love a good dessert (especially one that involves chocolate. Or coconut. Or maybe both). But one thing I will not be ordering is ice cream moose.

Okay, so here’s the deal. When you order “a molded chilled dessert made with sweetened and flavored whipped cream or egg whites and gelatin” (M-W), you are hoping for a delicious mousse.

If instead the waiter brings you “a ruminant mammal (Alces alces) with humped shoulders, long legs, and broadly palmated antlers ” (M-W), he has brought you a moose, which, unless it’s actually made of ice cream, is not likely to be that satisfying, you know, dessert-wise.

Typo spotted here.


July 18, 2012

Tossed typo

Filed under: Overseen,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 6:20 pm
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Surely, it was caprice that caused someone to spell Caprese this way:


Okay, here’s the deal: If you want “a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action” (M-W), then that’s caprice. When you want a delicious salad made with mozzarella, tomato, and basil, that’s an Insalata Caprese. Which happens to be one of MRP’s favorite salad combinations. Um, excuse me, I’m feeling a little hungry . . .

H/t to Sam, who spotted this tasty little typo at Jose McIntyre’s in Boston.


July 14, 2011

Aw, rats!

Filed under: Overseen,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 6:15 pm
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This tasty tidbit was spotted at a restaurant in the metro San Juan, PR, area. It made me kind of glad to be a vegetarian.

Although my dining companions and I could not puzzle out what oll rat might be a translation of (and if there’s any reader out there who has a theory, please share), the bottom line was this: there’s still rat on the menu. When we shared it out to the waiter, he just shook his head and said we were not the first to have pointed it out.


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