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Thursday, September 3, 2009

On 'Balence,' It Could Have Gone Worse For Examiner

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 12:01 AM

  • Egad!
Being a newspaper copy editor is a bit like being a football offensive lineman. Very rarely will someone exclaim "that's damn good copy editing." Copy editors do not win Pulitzers. In short, your good work is never noticed. But when you screw up -- well, people notice.

That brings us to Monday's front page of the San Francisco Examiner (which they've cleaned up online). Ouch. No value judgments on anyone's worth or professionalism -- just ouch. But, you know, it could have been so much worse:

What kind of school?
  • What kind of school?

There is an explanation for this:

Apparently, Britain's Daily Express vacillated over the words "at last" and "finally," unfortunately splitting the difference to create "anally."

But at least the Express spelled its own name correctly:

What kind of school?
  • What kind of school?

This New Hampshire paper managed to garner coverage worldwide following this error. Candidly, the next day's editorial stated, "We sure feel silly."

So, we're not going to rub it in. It really can happen to anyone. And, as you can see from the clip below, sometimes it really is best to judge not lest ye be judged:

What kind of school?
  • What kind of school?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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