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 Post subject: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 17 Nov 2017, 12:27 
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(Copied from the previous thread, because I realised that it had reached 26 pages.)

I have just finished reading a book where the main character has a baby. At the time of its birth, the parents both state explicitly that he will be given the name 'James' and this is used initially.

A couple of chapters later, the baby's name suddenly and inexplicably changes to 'Charles' and he is referred to by that name for the rest of the book.

On first reading the name change, I thought maybe I had been mistaken, so I went back to check.

Surely this is a mistake that the copy editor should have picked up, even if the author or the proofreader didn't?

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 17 Nov 2017, 17:27 
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Definitely - though I suspect most fiction never darkens a copy-editor's door :cry:


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PostPosted: 17 Nov 2017, 21:31 
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My new book has been through my eyes, my daughter's, commissioning editor, actual editor, me again, copy editor, proof reader, me again, formatter - and now, when I read the actual ebook when it came out on Tuesday, what do I find, but TWO dates that are wrong. :( One is just a silly typo that one of us should have spotted and one is an actual historical date that I should have spotted as wrong because I know the right one perfectly well. Still, ebooks can and will be corrected and so will the paperback in due course. Sigh...

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PostPosted: 17 Nov 2017, 21:39 
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Yes, I noticed the historical on in the back pages... :(

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 17 Nov 2017, 21:44 
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Oh what a nuisance Nicky. I shall keep an eye out for them... :wink:

As someone who does a fair amount of proof-reading I know how easy it is for things to slip past many eyes.

Think of me - I am about to check a translation of an expert analysis of what is in a bottle of rum :shock: I wasn't allowed to take even O level chemistry......

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PostPosted: 17 Nov 2017, 23:23 
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One of the museum leaflets about children' s activities had a typo that got through six of us, at least two of whom were practised and sharp-eyed proof-readers. What was it? 'Chineses Whispers'! - only too appropriate, alas...


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 19 Nov 2017, 18:46 
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John Lewis shops are selling Moz the Monster this Christmas as some of you have no doubt seen. The blurb next to the pile says a share of the profits will go to Dr Barnado's. The same notice also has Barnardo's spelt correctly in smaller print at the bottom!


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 29 Dec 2017, 13:17 
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Just seen this post on Facebook, "The kitten loves the ballballs on the Christmas tree". Quite like this spelling!


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