Eggcorns are no yolk

A NEWSPAPER sub-editor’s lot is not always a happy one. Some of the boobs that slip into newspapers give readers a chuckle, at least. One of my favourites, spotted in a Johannesburg paper some years ago, was an obituary for a departed society doyenne. She was, said the report, a “grand old lay”.  What a […]

What’s a Crash Blossom?

WE’VE all giggled, I’m sure, over ambiguous newspaper headlines but they continue to slip though the editing net into just about every paper in the world, no matter how much their authors – usually sub-editors – sweat and stress over them. The problem, of course, is that the people writing the headlines know what they […]

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