One little letter

In my world, you live in fear of typos.
I made one the other day in my column. Typed “and” when I meant “an.” Fortunately an editor caught it. Funny thing is, I read over the column at least ten times before I sent it in. Underscores the need to have another person read your work before it’s printed.
When I started in this business more than 50 years ago, my first editor told me you have to learn to shake off typos. “There’s a reason we have the term typographical error,” he said. “It’s because they exist.”
Of course, there are typos and then there are typos. Had it gotten through, my “and” would have been no big deal. That is not always the case. I recall a newspaper I was working at running an ad for a doctor who wanted the public to know he was “now” taking Medicare patients. But one little letter got changed in the composing room, and the doctor wound up announcing he was “not” taking Medicare patients.
The paper I worked at for most of my career made a doozy long before I got there. A guy fell off a bridge and got hurt. In the next day’s paper, the headline read:
Man Injures Self Falling Off Bride
Again, one little letter.
That one belongs in the Typo Hall of Fame.

Ed Ackerman