Didn't you get the memo?
On Dec, 20, 2005, the first post on this blog pointed to a homonym error, reign for rein. Since then, the error free reign has been published in The Sun at least three times (once on the editorial page and twice in the sports section, not to single out malefactors). So many slips, so few catches.
I suppose that I’m telling tales out of school to say that journalists don’t necessarily read all that much. It might even stun you to learn that some of my colleagues do not read or heed this blog. (“No!” you protest. “Oh yes,” I sigh.) But journalists are mortals like others, as this example shows.
Some weeks ago, a new program was installed on all the computers in our network, a “visual networking client” to enable technical support to get remote access to our machines when some problem has to be fixed. We’ve had such programs on the machines for the whole time that we have worked on networked computers. An announcement about this went out by e-mail to the entire staff, an announcement that explained what the software does and what the new icon, an eye, at the bottom of the screen would look like.
Shortly thereafter, a mild panic, presumably the product of paranoia combined with ignorance, arose among a few employees who noticed an eye staring at them from their computer screens, and they sought an explanation of whether the company had installed something to spy on them.
Nobody reads the memos. Nobody pays attention.
Except you — particularly those of you who have been coming back to this site for three years now. Keep coming. There will be more.