A quick roundup of reasons why we love our copy editors…


WE CAN’T SPELL IT, BUT WE WANT TO HIRE ONE

The bad news: Not only do these people think “copy editor” is a single word, they also can’t even spell copy editor.

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The good news: They need you. They need you really badly.

Thanks to J. Ford Huffman who found this Wednesday on Craigslist and stopped laughing long enough to share.


WHEN STATISTICS GO WILD

Oklahoma State ran all over Texas Tech last night in the opening round of the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament in Kansas City.

However, ESPN had a little trouble on its web site with the name of the winning school.

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Granted, State’s stats were probably impressive. But, still…

Thanks to Jim Glisson from my hometown in South Carolina for the tip.


LET’S JUST STOP COVERING SPELLING BEES

You probably saw this one earlier this week. It made the rounds in a big way.

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Fox News has a long history of mistakes, mispellings and other hilarious screwups in its onscreen graphics. I’ll spare you the list from my collection. So that goof didn’t surprise me a bit.

This one, however — from the previous week by the Detroit Newsdid surprise me, however.

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As you can see from the story, the winning word was portentous. Not “portenous,” as it says in the headline.


WORLD’S WORST PIE CHART?

In a world where so few people know how to correctly use a chart, I hate to toss around a term like “world’s worst.”

But, y’know, I doubt anyone would argue with me on this one:

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Surely I don’t need to tell you: That should be a bar chart, not a pie chart. Someone also pointed out: The hyphen in the headline should not be there, either.

That was from last week’s Daily Athenaeum, the student paper at West Virginia University.

Memo to the staff: Hire Michigan State’s Karl Gude to give you a quick seminar in elementary charting.

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