Under the great headline “Fanfare for the Comma Man” Ben Yagoda wrote April 9 in The New York Times about the evolution in the use of the comma. Notice please that I used no commas in the previous sentence. But what was most noticeable about the column was the correction that was appended:
It reminds me of one of my favorite CXs — that’s “corrections” in copy-editor lingo — that appeared many years ago in The Des Moines Register. I cannot find the original, but it went something like this:
A recipe for chili in Thursday’s Food section gave an incorrect measurement for Tabasco sauce. It should have been 5 drops, not 5 cups. The Register regrets the error.