In light of my last post on taking care of details, I thought my readers would be interested in seeing some oddities and errors I found – in the past week!
An Irish Soda bread recipe in a local circular called for:
3 cups flower
Hmmm. Roses? Daffodils? Tulips? What color? Green, perhaps?
And this on Amazon in describing a book:
Praying in the Holy Spirit is one important bible study about the prayer.
A book that will bring growth and knowledge about prayer, and invite him to live with greater intimacy with God.
Written by Charles Spurgeon, important preacher Christian.
The way this is written, I suspect the author’s first language is not English. I’m not being snarky, I’m being serious. Note “the” in front of prayer in the first sentence. And the fact that “him” actually refers to “book” in the second sentence. And the out-of-order description in the third sentence. I’m sure most writers caught that “important” shouldn’t have been used twice. Another adjective in the second case would have been appropriate.
And finally, a county executive was quoted as saying that a group of teachers is not only the best in America, but the best in Virginia!
I’m a Virginia native whose love for the state means I could always get a job with our tourism department. But even I am not sure Virginia supercedes America. Although we’re known to be snobby. Case in point, this list opens with: People From Virginia Are Total Snobs, But That’s Only Because They’re So Amazing At Everything (http://www.movoto.com/guide/va/virginia-stereotypes/)
Yeah, might want to watch the bragging, too.
Have you noticed interesting errors in print lately?
What do you think is the most common error in print?