Today’s Register-Star report sheds little new light on what was already known about the dismissal of charges against former Hudson alderman Quintin Cross and Jamont McClendon, but manages to repeatedly misspell Cross’s first name as “Quentin.”
Here is a sampling of recent typos spotted by several regular readers of the local press, since the publication of the first Typo Phile installment:
“a comprehensive economic sweet of incentives” [suite] Register-Star
“I’d defiantly do it again” [definitely] Register-Star
“Lantern, who’s president” [whose]
“[the garden] should not look unkept” [unkempt] Register-Star
“I was sort of taken back by them” and “they’re quite taken back by the DASNY estimates” [taken aback] Register-Star
NOTE #1: For this installment, the names of the authors have been omitted to protect both the innocent and the less-than-innocent.
NOTE #2: Both of the misuses of “taken back” above came from statements by Hudson Mayor Richard Scalera; so arguably the reporter might have simply been reflecting the speaker’s mistake, rather than mishearing a correct usage. To be taken back is to reminisce; to be taken aback is to be astonished or appalled.
NOTE #3: Readers are welcome to submit items for future Typo Phile columns via email. Please note that I’m not so much interested in run-of-the-mill typographic slips-of-the-keyboard, which happen to all of us, but rather in actual misuses or abuses of the English language.