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Old 03-03-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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Australian book review for March 2008 has an unfortunate typo:
By an accident of the calendar, the long list for this year's Miles Franklin Award will not be announced on the ideas of March. This would have been fittingly portentous.
The article goes on to mention the complaints that arise each year about 'the terms of Miles Franklin's will and the restriction of the award to those works containing Australian characters, settings or references.' Hence the reference to the Ides of March.

   
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:59 PM   #2
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I do not see the (intended) connection between the award and the Ides (of March) - please explain. And how does an "accident of the calendar" play a role?

   
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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The latest i4info post has another example (see link in sig).

People who use spell checkers then don't proof-read are very common!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:51 AM   #4
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I do not see the (intended) connection between the award and the Ides (of March) - please explain
Presumably, if this year were not a leap year, the ides of March would be on a Friday, but as it is that Friday will be the fourteenth, not the fifteenth. The writer was clearly trying to make a rather laboured point, and choosing 'portentous' was a mistake that made the matter worse.

   
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People who use spell checkers then don't proof-read are very common!
Indeed.

A newspaper in a neighboring town is notorious for its mistakes. (Heck, some people have told me the only reason they continue to subscribe is because spotting the goofups makes good entertainment!) One of the most recent oopses had to have been due to a spelling checker running unchecked and no followup by a proofreader. Dominic, a child from a prominent, well liked, very-church-active family got his photograph in the paper for something or other. The cutline below it stated his name as "Demonic."

(Oh and was there any apology or rerunning of the photo with the corrected cutline the next week? Nope. How not to win friends and influence people!)

   
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The latest i4info post has another example (see link in sig).

People who use spell checkers then don't proof-read are very common!
Especially among those who write real estate descriptions. I see them here as well. Sometimes it is not a typo, of course, but plain ignorance — referring to the ubiquitous arched windows as palladium, for example. Physicist Jack roars at that error, which is nearly as ubiquitous as the dratted windows.

   
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I disagree, Lois: some of them are aristocratic

   
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I do not see the (intended) connection between the award and the Ides (of March) - please explain. And how does an "accident of the calendar" play a role?
Oh, it's just that announcement of the long list brings out the long knives every year. This year the announcement will be on the 13th, just a couple of days short of the Ides of March.

   
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:32 AM   #9
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People who use spell checkers then don't proof-read are very common!
Oh, yes. If this hadn't been in a rather self-consciously literary magazine I would have just chuckled and moved on.

   
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I thought that Ann was referring to the "ideas of March" in the quote.
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