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A sock draw? Surely not

In a week of processing copy, I spotted this in a Daily Mail story:

‘Then there were other non-essential tasks such as watering plants and
sorting out the sock draw which suddenly became urgent priorities
ahead of the essential task they really should be concentrating on.’

Thing is, you reorganise your sock drawER, not your sock draw.
Looked at in context, it’s possible that the mistake was contained in
the original statement from the source of the story, and somehow
slipped past the usually excellent Mail subbing system.

Moral of the story: just because it’s in an email from someone else,
doesn’t mean it’s right.

* First published on Grubstreet

Five words to ponder

Spelling shouldn’t really be a problem, should it? You can look words
up in a dictionary or online, after all. But what if you really think
you know how to spell a word, and you don’t actually know how to spell
it? I learnt this lesson early in journalism, when the night news
editor looked at me wearily and said: “There are two i’s in liaise.” Continue reading