The headline: Trump And Clinton Feast As 12 States Vote
The mistake: This awful headline!
The Copy Vigilante says: First, my apologies for the cheesy pic of the newspaper but their online headline changes often. Ugghh! This might be the worst headline ever! Since when has Super Tuesday been held on Thanksgiving?! And what are they feasting on? Voters? Voting machines? Hanging chads?
Here are some of the Copy Vigilante’s favorite books: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, Pierre Boulle – Planet of the Apes and Joe Knetsch – Florida’s Seminole Wars, 1817-1858 (The Making of America)
The story and mistake:
When the Network Effect Goes Into Reverse
The more users a social network site attracts, the more others will want to use it. But a site’s audience can decline, too. (nytimes.com 8-17-12)
The Copy Vigilante says: Really? And I thought social media sites stayed hip forever.
The story: Brought Mars to Earth With a Lyrical Mastery (nytimes.com 6-6-12)
The mistakes: Instead, he read everything he could get his hands on: Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway .
“ I’m not a serious person, and I don’t like serious people…”
The Copy Vigilante says: I think Ray Bradbury’s fascination with space got to the writer and editor of his NY Times obituary. Ahem. There should not be a space between the last word of a sentence and the punctuation, nor should there be a space between an open apostrophe mark and the word following it.
The story: Submission Guidelines for Travel Writers
The mistake: “Writers should not inclue photographs.”
The Copy Vigilante says:
I don’t have a clue what “inclue” means. I know what “include” means and it would have been nice if the editor caught this typo and included the ‘d’ to spell this word right.
And I know, it’s not really an article, it’s just their submission guidelines. But still, come on, this is the New York Times!
The story: U.S. Expected to Charge Executive Tied to Galleon Case (NY Times 10-26-11)
The mistake: “Most of the defendants charged with insider trading over the last two years have plied their trade exclusively on Wall Street.”
The Copy Vigilante says: Really?! Tell me something I don’t know. And what other street would they be plying their trade on? Sesame Street? Elm Street? K Street? (Actually yes – lobbyists are inside traders!)