To the bulging files of unnecessary haste winning out over thoughtful editing, I add this.
Sue Novak at the Bremner Editing Center sent it over.
It’s from The Daily Beast, whose name doesn’t come from its approach to grammar and usage. At least I don’t think it does.
“Capitulate,” of course, means to give up.
In this case, the writer meant “catapult.”
The writer knew that. The readers knew that.
We all make mistakes. We wince, we apologize, and we move on.
That’s not the point, though.
More and more organizations have pushed editing aside, embracing speed and expedience over quality.
That results in petty errors that a good editor could have seen and fixed easily and quickly.
A lack of editing helps no one.
In fact, it does little but drive all of us down.