Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Winners of the errata contest

I love "hoi aristoi." And whoever found that, you get extra dessert tonight. The error in that sentence (see two entries below this one for the contest) was placing the "hoi polloi" (working classes, the great unwashed) in a high-priced hotel. Because it sounds a bit like "hoity-toity," the term "hoi polloi" often is misused. The hotel probably was not flattered to be referred to as a place where the plebs gather. (That can also be "plebes," for you Latin scholars. Right?)

Four of you did such a good job at quickly correcting the media's errors that I'm awarding prizes to: Jeff, K.B., Superholmie and Chris. Send me your snailmail addresses: ThePhantomProf@aol.com. You'll get some goodies from the prize closet. Don't get too excited. Everything I give away is either a freebie from a press packet or something I'm tired of looking at among (never amongst...that's archaic) the detritus around my desk. Also, I'm moving next month. I may start giving away old copies of Flaunt magazine and some of the dozens of copies of Strunk & White's Elements of Style that I seem to have accumulated over the years.

But Jeff, K.B., Superholmie and Chris don't need the latter because they're smarty-rompers.

Thanks to everyone who played. More contests to come. And please feel free to forward any more media bloopers that you run across.

One of my favorite blooper heds of all time: Mayor Fights Erection in City Park.

And from a newspaper's food page: How to Put Pickles Up Yourself.

Talk about a dill-do.



Anonymous GPO said...

I still chuckle over the graphics genius on CNN who informed the world that the "Shuttle [Columbia] was traveling nearly 18 times [the] speed of light" when it disintegrated.
Ref: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/pc/shuttle.html


10:32 AM  
Blogger theprofessor said...

Wow! That IS warp speed. Good one.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My all-time favorite was a photo caption in my old hometown paper at least twenty years ago: photo showed cowboy on horse midway across a river. Caption: Horse and riders forged the stream. Still makes me giggle!

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