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Copy edit extra credit

I hope you’ve had fun finding your first 10 points worth of Copy Edit the World errors. Here’s another chance to sharpen your editing eyes …and earn a little extra credit.

If you can spot and correct one of these errors, you’ll get 2 points of extra credit. Just post your correction as a comment on this blog post. (One error and correction per person, please, so we can spread the extra credit around.)

I particularly like the first example shown above because it’s a correction that needs correcting — it contains another error. I spotted the one on the right in today’s SF Chronicle. I used to watch The Three Stooges on TV when I was a kid, so it was a fun read … except for that misused word (hint). Both of these have been corrected. Congrats to Brittany M. and Danreb!

I found this error in an email from PoynterOnline, a journalism organization. Oops … setting a bad example! One possible correction posted, but there’s another way this could be read … and corrected. It’s worth two points if you can figure it out.

Yes, I find errors on Facebook too. So can you  … I hope.  😉  This one has been corrected too. A big “way to go” to Yezel, Suzanne, Shirene and Corina.


I figure Robert Redford must have been red-faced when he realized that his Sundance catalog holiday letter to customers contained an embarrassing error. Can you find it? It’s a little tricky, but it’s funny one. Hmm … is anyone going to figure this one out? Or will I have to break down and tell you?

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17 thoughts on “Copy edit extra credit

  1. brittany m on said:

    In the first image, the word yoke is spelled wrong. It should be yolk. Also, when it referenced the eggs in the image stated the placement wrong (i.e. the left egg and the right egg). And should anarchic be used in the Stooges one?

    • I’m glad you caught the “yoke/yolk” error, Brittany, and I think you’re right about the photo placement too. 2+2=4 points.

      P.S. I think “anarchic” is fine as is, especially in reference to Curly. As he might have said, “Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!”

  2. For the Ask Mick piece:

    “Than” should be used instead of “then.”

    This is Danreb Victorio from the 10:30 a.m. section on T/Th, by the way.

  3. Yezel Rosales on said:

    Facebook Let’s Users Change Group Names

    No apostrophe in “Let’s”

    should read: Facebook Lets Users Change Group Names

  4. Suzanne Welles on said:

    Facebook Lets Users Change Group Names.
    No ‘ in Let’s.

  5. Suzanne Welles on said:

    Amani Channel
    Smartphone applications every journalist has.
    Not every journalist have.

    • Oops, one copy edit per customer, please. Although this is correct, there’s another way to read this … and that means there’s another way to fix this error, so this one’s still available.

  6. Shirene Niksadat on said:

    ERROR: “Facebook Let’s Users Change Group Names”

    CORRECTION: “Facebook Lets Users Change Group Names”

    Let’s means LET US. not appropriate here

  7. On the Facebook writng you had posted “Facebook let’s users change group names.”

    Correction: “Facebook lets users change group names.”

    “Lets” does not have an apostrophe

  8. Shirene and Corina also get credit for spotting this error, since they posted their corrections before the previous comments were approved and posted.
    (+2 points extra credit each)

  9. Melissa Rios on said:

    Robert Redford: Holiday 2009

    After reading a few times I found that he reiterated himself towards the end of the paragraph by wishing the customers “love…” and then finishing the letter by wishing them the same. It doesn’t sound right.

    • It may not sound as good as it could, but it’s not an error … and there is one outright error in this piece. Take another look at it … and think “sound-alike word.”

  10. Beste Erener on said:

    On the Facebook writing, “Posted by Nick O’Neill on February 25th, 2009 10:37 AM”

    Correction: “Posted by Nick O’Neill on Fenruary 25, 2009 10:37 a.m.”

    • You are correct that the tag on this post does not use AP style. That wasn’t what I originally had in mind, but it’s a good catch and I’ll accept it. +2 points.

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