Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Drop cap abuse and other editorial cock-ups

Editorial consultant Peter Sands has a wonderful collection of recent editorial cock-ups on his Sands Media Services blog today.
My favourite is above. As Peter says: "Watch out for that old favourite of disaffected sub-editors ... the abuse of drop caps."

1 comment:

Nick2 said...

Thank you for an interesting and amusing article, which I found via a link from Anna Racoon's blog.

All of your points appear to be valid, but your illustration of the 'beware of drop caps' point is a little misleading - it apparently comes from the Utah Chronicle, which has a tradition of printing drop cap messages every year. The editor was in on the joke. However, other examples, including memorable ones reprinted from Private Eye were apparently the sole work of more junior staff.