Word Badger: Typos and other disasters

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

One trouble with writing is that it’s so easy to make a mistake. The more one writes, the greater the chance that something will go horribly, embarrassingly wrong.

That’s why I try not to crow over the writing missteps of others.

When it happens, (And as we all know, “stuff” happens.) The first, best thing to do is to let everyone know about it. It’s a painful, humbling thing to do. It also makes one more cautious, which inoculates one against future mistakes.

However, human nature being what it is, the inoculation wears off, and mistakes happen again. Good writers seek to internalize the lessons learned through their mistakes.

That said, my hat is off to UW-Madison, which sent out this corrective today:

“NOTE: Please use this corrected version in place of the one distributed yesterday. It reflects that the program is secular, not nonsecular.”




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