When I was working as an online editor and sometime reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times
, I made a very embarrassing error.
When we posted Associated Press stories, the byline read, “From the Associated Press.” We worked so quickly that we often relied on autofill to complete some of our backend work for us.
One day I was working so quickly that, for whatever reason, autofill didn’t work, I didn’t double check my work and when I published it, the byline read, “From the Ass.”
In publishing, these things happen. We can only hope that when they do, no one is offended and no one incredibly important saw it. In both of those regards, I was lucky.
Someone made a similar gaffe at The Communicator
, a newspaper in Clay, W.Va. It has attracted some notice.
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published the correction for the mishap. The paper apologized for leaving out the “l” in the word “clock.”
The correction acknowledges that it does, indeed, change the meaning in the sentence, “No black shirts are on the clock after 4pm.”
Sadly, the correction also has a mistake of its own. “Sentence,” which is meant as a noun, is inadvertently a past-tense verb, spelled “sentenced”: