The Dutch and the Dutchess

Dateline: Thu 02 Aug 2012

Sleepytime copy editor, or rather non-existent copy editor, strikes again. A friend sent the following from the Indianapolis Star. Her arch comment: "But I thought they were English."

Here's the offending information:

"Zara Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, won silver in the equestrian team eventing competition in front of members of the Royal family, including the Dutch and Dutchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, and Prince Harry on Tuesday at Greenwich Park."

They ARE English, but the Star's staff may no longer write (or edit) the King and Queen's tongue, based on such a silly and idiotic mistake. 

By the way, the error was corrected ... after several hours.

Now it's official: I have morphed into those little old ladies who used to call the newspaper and complain about grammatical and spelling errors all the time.





hendy [Member] said:

Ruth, you're getting really bored. We need to put you back to work. Oh, right.....

2012-08-02 20:21:57

varangianguard [unverified] said:

It would have been much more fun to leave them to their own devices.

2012-08-03 04:49:20

Farm girl [unverified] said:

Suddenly I don't feel so bad about not working there anymore...

2012-08-03 10:49:57

George Stuteville [unverified] said:

Turn on the way-back machine and you will find a story from the 1980s that made it into print referencing the song, "The Girl from Ipanema," as "The Girl With Emphysema."

I didn't write it, Lord knows I made enough bone-headed mistakes as it was.

2012-08-03 13:28:48

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

"Morphed into the little old ladies...."

You type that like it's a BAD thing. Just wondering.

Good grammar is never out-of-style. I know because Gretchen Kemp, Holly Arpan and Will Count told me so.

Oh yeah--Strunk and White, too.

2012-08-03 18:06:26

ruthholl [Member] said:

Funny comments. Thanks, guys.

Oh, and I once wrote about the "feminist click" which was a well-known phrase from the movement; it described that moment when you realize you're basically being had, and you wake up and become enlightened and ideally empowered. (And mad as hell at men, but that's another story).
Only the copy editor, a woman yet, changed it to the "feminist clique."
Sorry, honey, but any self-respecting feminist was never in a clique.
Not to mention that the change made NO SENSE whatsoever in the context.
Made it into the paper, too.

2012-08-03 18:16:39

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

So if you're part of the feminist movement, you're in a clique. The moment you realize it, it's a (pro-) feminist click, or awakening. Gotcha.

2012-08-04 18:46:43

Jake [unverified] said:

At least we can find solace in the fact that he's only Prince Harry on Tuesday and at Greenwich Park.

2012-08-05 16:14:27

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

I remember some columnist writing in The Star a few years back that the Koran was the Holy Book of India.

Not realizing there was a war about that. But it was in 1947 and who remembers partition?

2012-08-06 12:57:03

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