We believe to err is human; to share, sublime

We believe to err is human; to share, sublime

Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 8:01 pm
By: By Glenda Caudle

It’s time to laugh again.
Mistakes we’ve caught here, there and yonder are always good for a chuckle — particularly when the mistake can be attributed to someone else. So begin your weekend with a smile and learn from someone else’s mistake.
• The most recent boo-boo we’ve noted appeared in a notice about a gospel singing The Messenger was asked to publicize. According to the organizers, the event was to begin at 5:30 p.m. A couple of lines down, they mentioned the doors would open at 6.
We can only assume the opening acts preferred to perform in the great outdoors. No word on whether it would be standing room only or if lawn chairs and quilts would be provided.
• A notice in another newspaper about a young person (names have been changed to protect the innocent for this column) with a connection to this area stated, “Jim is the son of James and Donna Simpson, formally of Union City …”
We’re unclear if the family also lives informally somewhere else — possibly at a trailer park in Florida.
• Then there was this agenda item included in a request for a Messenger News Note to alert the public to a city meeting in a nearby town: “… approval of the Bids on the Scattered Sight Housing Project”
We could only wonder if someone is sponsoring houses for people who can only see part of the time in part of the places.
• It’s possible some mothers of the bride — with the trauma of their daughter’s wedding day fresh on their minds — might not have even blinked over this description. But, thankfully, an alert proofreader caught a recent bride’s misstep in a wedding write-up she sent to The Messenger. “In her upset hair, the bride wore a crystal tiara and a two-tiered waist-length veil of illusion …”
We’re assuming the young lady’s locks were actually artfully combed and secured in a truly flattering off-the-neck style, but it’s possible it was actually a real hair-raising experience.
• This goof was ours and ours alone, although we did catch it before our readers could split their sides laughing over this headline: “Mideast peach talks to resume”
Perhaps the effort to make Arabs and Israelis live side by side in friendship has never borne much fruit because both sides think it’s the pits.
• You didn’t get to see this one, either, but it was a close call in a recent News Note announcing registration for those in need who wanted to be included in a food give-away: “… the food ministry of  … will preregister for the Jan. 20 mobile food panty Monday and Tuesday …”
We’ve heard of edible underwear, but we didn’t know they were taking that show on the road.
• We try to be good sports about our own mistakes, so we’ve chuckled among ourselves over this one that was corrected at the very last minute: “Other high signees from West Tennessee on National Signing Day included …”
In fact, every athlete may have been higher than a kite over their good fortune, but the sentence actually should have read “other high school signees.”
• This quote in a news story was almost certainly intended to be gracious and filled with gratitude, but somewhere along the way it veered into dangerous territory: “I want to personally thank each of you who came out to our first-ever … This event was a huge success and we plan to hold another next year at around the same time. We had great seminars … We also gave away tons of stuff — some of which was very, very nice.”
And some of which was nothing but junk the donor was glad to get rid of — apparently.
• Talk about advertising under false pretenses — that could have been the case in a News Note if someone with a sharp eye had not utilized their red “goof” pencil before The Messenger went to press with this headline: “Spa Day Offered” (In fact, the story was actually about a spay and neuter day for dogs and cats.)
A little clip here, a little clip there — what’s the difference?
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Special Features Editor Glenda Caudle may be contacted at glendacaudle @ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 6.3.11

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