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The worst place to make a mistake ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Monday Morning Sportswriter, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

    ... is the obits.


    Sixth paragraph: She also enjoyed art, music, poetry and photography, her favorite subject being her beautiful daughter Marisa. Shaunas sweetness and kindness could easily be seen and was reflected in her artistic passions and in Marisas. Marisas happy outlook on life and beautiful song are Shauna’s remaining gift to us ass.
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Guessing that was a reader-submitted obit from someone who isn't intimate enough with her apostrophe. A copy editor should have caught that, but in the grand scheme it's not that big a ... BAHAHAHAHAHAHA "ass", I just saw that. So Shauna's remaining gift to us was her ass. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.
  3. Springler

    Springler Guest

    That's like the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode, where Larry writes the obit for a "beloved *unt"
  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Obviously they ran it as submitted. The lead: she was "lovingly cradled to rest."

    My mom is not all that bad of a writer. When my dad died, she wrote a death notice for their nearby metro, and the funeral director explained that the paper charged by the line or inch, I forget, so you might want to whittle it down a bit. So I hacked at it with a pencil for about five minutes until it was half the size. It was a difficult task emotionally, but not in an editing sense. I wrote my dad's obits for their old hometown daily and their church bulletin.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    One of the greatest comedic episodes ever written.
  6. Franklin

    Franklin Member

    i hate curb, but that scene was hilarious
  7. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    One time I wrote the word count, as in pitch count, and one of the composing guys changed it to read "... coCunt ..." I was out of state at the time and wasn't able to catch it. I wanted to murder him.
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