Yesterday I posted edited extracts from a review of ‘Chaos and Conspiracy’ in a shameless bid to promote the book to anyone who happens to be reading out there.
The review appeared in last Saturday’s edition of the Irish Independent, under the headline ‘The rumour-mill that tore the soul out of an Irish country town’.
Except that in the online edition, ‘soul’ is misspelled as ‘sole’.
Today, as education minister Batt O’Keeffe addressed the Teacher’s Union of Ireland conference, one disgruntled teacher protesting against budget cuts held up a sign which read ‘Stop Vandaling Education’.
The typo at the teacher’s conference isn’t that surprising. There seems to be a law that every handwritten sign must contain at least one typo, usually a misplaced (or missing) apostrophe.
It’s rather more surprising that in a roomful of teachers, no one caught the mistake in time.
But the Independent typo takes the biscuit.
There was a time when subeditors checked copy obsessively, correcting grammar and syntax, but without losing readability.
Spell checkers have made the job too easy. Faced with deadline pressures, it’s too easy to click the suggested corrections, without ever checking if they make sense.
Down with this sort of thing.