For a giggle: Spellchecker vs. Fokine
Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:37 AM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:16 PM
and Margot Fonteyn was Magot Fountain.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:37 AM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:41 AM
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:00 AM
Katherine, this is such a delightful post; and god know, spell-check has done horrible things to me. But I DID have a live editor once change "pointe shoes" to "pointed shoes," I am not making this up, and asymetrical became symmetrical somehow once it was out of my hands.... Worse than that, but I won't go into it.
Asymmetrical...symmetrical... aren't they the same thing? Surely what you meant was "a symmetrical"! I saw "Pointy shoes" in the Toronto Star once, but I don't know whether the original writer, the copy editor, or the spellchecker was to blame.
Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:21 PM
But I DID have a live editor once change "pointe shoes" to "pointed shoes,"
I interviewed a teacher whose audition notice in a small paper asking dancers to bring their pointe shoes was "corrected" by a well-meaning copy editor, but my favorite example is from a Portland, Oregon paper which changed a mention of German expressionist soloist Mary Wigman into Mary Wigwam.
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