The E Is for Error

In the unending erosion of language standards in daily newspapers, this seems to be the weekend to toss homonyms around willy nilly.

Here’s former National Enquirer editor David Perel in a Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “How the Enquirer Exposed the John Edwards Affair,” describing Edwards’ serial apologizing:

His sincerity was as egocentrically superficial as his infamous $1,250 haircut during the 2004 presidential race.

If this seems harsh, it’s an analysis borne of two and a half years uncovering the former North Carolina senator’s affair while I was editor in chief of the National Enquirer.

Excuse me – don’t you mean born?

Next up: New York Times wag Mark Leibovich’s Week in Review piece, “Massachusetts: Political Kingmaker, Political Heartbreaker.”

Massachusetts, [Boston media consultant Dan] Payne said, has always been overly romanticized by Democrats and ostracized by Republicans. It has produced a caste of wise men on the left (Tip O’Neill, Ted Kennedy,Barney Frank) and bogeymen on the right (Tip O’Neill, Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank).

Excuse me – don’t you mean cast?

C’mon, guys, this isn’t exactly the pluperfect  subjunctive.

Which leads me to this:


One American dollar for every grammatical error, from misspellings to dangling participles.

Seriously, we could kiss the national debt goodbye about six weeks from now.

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7 Responses to The E Is for Error

  1. Bill S says:

    Actually, “caste” makes a lot of sense here, as in “caste system”!

  2. charles pierce says:

    I’m with Bill.
    I think Leibo was going for a little subcontinent sumpin’-sumpin’.

  3. thelizwhite says:

    Honestly, we’ll all be better off when we leave words entirely behind and communicate solely through electronically-generated grunts and gestures.

    To play along – could Perel mean he literally had to ‘bear’ the investigation of Edwards, and his subsequent analysis of the latter’s sincerity? Maybe?

    *grunt* *gesture*

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