In my day job, fact-checking is paramount. You’ve gotta be a nit-picker if you want to make it there. So it makes me itchy when I find errors in published material, like a magazine.
If one particular mag’s astrologer wasn’t so spookily accurate, I’d stop buying it every week. More and more howlers are slipping through. Last issue, there was the headline “Unchartered waters” instead of “uncharted” and they’d spelled The Who‘s Pete Townshend’s name without an “H”. They’re using hyphens where they shouldn’t (“high-school student”) and solidifying compounds where a hyphen is vital for clarity (“topranking”). I know – it’s a travesty.
In his blog, Style & Substance, the Wall Street Journal‘s Paul Martin challenges readers to spot the paper’s daily flubs. I could spend hours of my two-week holiday here, but I really should get a life.