Canton Square vs. O'Donnell Square
After my most recent nightlife column came out, I received a heated e-mail from a concerned reader. In the piece, I wrote Canton Square instead of O'Donnell Square, and the reader demanded a correction.
So I went to the copy desk, which did an archive search and found we had been calling it "Canton Square" and "O'Donnell Square" an equal number of times since 1990.
To appease the Gods of Style, I made a sacrifice of three semicolons. Suddenly, Copy Desk Wizard John McIntyre appeared on a cloud of commas and issued his edict: Henceforth, it shall be called O'Donnell Square. Then he disappeared, leaving only a trail of ellipses.
You can read more about the verdict here.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby)