Sure enough, the ad says ‘dong kennel’

I’ll handle this typo delicately. No, wait. “Handle” probably isn’t a good verb to use under the circumstances. What I mean is that I’ll use a light touch when … Um, no. Probably not. I just wanted to say that I’ve never heard...

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When this happens, about all you can do is flush

Poor Denise. Poor dependable, compassionate, positive, respectful Denise. She agreed to have her picture appear in this ad. She was such a good sport. Someone who wasn’t as dependable handled the ad, though. Now poor Denise will forever be the employee who makes “her...

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Answer: Leave out in headlines

OK, so maybe leaving out words in headlines won’t motivate all students to learn, though it does motivate at least some of them. I’ve certainly found that true when I teach editing. Once students start to see errors in professional...

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Watch your spelling. You never know who might notice.

Spellcheck walks into a bar. “Whaddaya have?” asks the barkeep. Spellcheck looks at the sign above the bar. “I guess I’ll have a sandwhich,” Spellcheck says. “A what?” asks the barkeep. “A sandwhich,” Spellcheck repeats, pointing at the sign. The barkeep rolls his eyes....

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Lewis and Clark go in search of a dictionary

In the world of misspelled explorers, Louis and Clark must surely rank alongside the likes of Christopher Colombus, Admiral Richard Bird and Sir Edmond Hillary Clinton. Mike Reilley, who curates an excellent collection of resources at Journalist’s Toolbox, tweeted on...

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