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"Peons of Praise"--The Author Said That

 
 
Roberta
 
Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 02:03 am
I've been an editor for many years. I've been collecting author mistakes for a few of those years. I'll never have enough for a book (shoulda started collecting sooner), so I thought I'd share some of the more outrageous mistakes with the folks here.


Yes, People were happy it rained and sang peons of praise to their god.

A paean is a song of praise, so you wouldn't say paean of praise. You'd just say paean. However, redundancy was the least of this author's problems.

Here's a direct quote:

"Industry players are aware of the coming title wave."
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 02:05 am
Are born agains peons of praise?
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 02:11 am
dlowan wrote:
Are born agains peons of praise?


If the born agains are peons, it's possible.


Here are two more, originally posted on another thread (both direct quotes):

The pest control company advised us that scorpions usually travel in pairs. I didn't sleep for a week and gratefully this scorpion was a loaner.

Care should be used to ensure that the business owns the policy, not the insured person.
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Sglass
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 06:06 am
Re: "Peons of Praise"--The Author Said That
Roberta wrote:
I've been an editor for many years. I've been collecting author mistakes for a few of those years. I'll never have enough for a book (shoulda started collecting sooner), so I thought I'd share some of the more outrageous mistakes with the folks here.


Yes, People were happy it rained and sang peons of praise to their god.

A paean is a song of praise, so you wouldn't say paean of praise. You'd just say paean. However, redundancy was the least of this author's problems.

Here's a direct quote:

"Industry players are aware of the coming title wave."


How about "Editors beware of coming title waves"
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 06:18 am
Not bad Sglass. Ordinarily, I'd duck title waves, but now I can use the work.

Some geographic doozies.

Among the South American countries, Mexico... (Did they move it?)

Czechoslovenia (Where?)

Columbia (a very common mistake)

Chili (oy)

And my favorite: ...the former British colony, England.
Noddy24
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 06:32 am
I was a TA in graduate school, correcting term papers and finals. The best howler was, "Hamlet and Laertes were both courtesans. Laertes was more of a courtesan than Hamlet.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 07:07 am
Roberta wrote:

And my favorite: ...the former British colony, England.




Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 07:55 am
Over at the football boards, on more than one occasion I have heard someone say "that really peaked my interest."
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 08:06 am
Another quote, from an excited player after a game:

When we won, I was so exciting
I had goose pimps all over my body.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 09:45 am
I remember espying a classmate's essay titled "The Raft Of God".
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Diane
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 10:01 am
Hmmm, Noah certainly took the Raft of God seriously.
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cyphercat
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 10:43 am
This is great! thanks for doing this thread, Roberta; you deserve oodles of praise-peons for this!
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 02:56 pm
Thanks for adding to the mix. I've got a lot more.


The police comprehended the criminal at 2 a.m. (Yeah, but what time did they catch him?)

As they peak through the windows ...

For all intensive purposes...

And another favorite of mine--

That was not what was intended purr say...
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 04:04 pm
Roberta - I'm glad to see that you did start this thread! I'll be back.
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lmur
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 04:09 pm
Roberta wrote:

And another favorite of mine--

That was not what was intended purr say...


Laughing Love it.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 04:10 pm
I've been haunted all day by the thought of hordes of praising peons.

Perhaps that is what is wrong with this wicked world.
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Zoro
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 04:18 pm
The idea, per se, is not bad.

But I was wondering, (isn't it a wonder?) if this thread has something to do with peones?

Peon
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 05:32 pm
I recall seeing as a diner special (sign in the window) in Queens, probably in 1989 or 1990:

Chicken Gordon Blew

I did not eat there ever again. Shocked
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 06:05 pm
Peonies, that's peonies...

and they always had ants, in my childhood experience. Or was that aunts?
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2007 06:17 pm
littlek, Glad you're glad.

Imur, Yup. Gotta love it.

Noddy, Get dem peasants outa your head. You have other things to deal with. Are you holding your dominion?

Zoro, Yet another thing wrong with that one. In Spanish the plural of peon is peones. If the author had been talking about peasants, I would have fixed it.


jespah wrote:
I recall seeing as a diner special (sign in the window) in Queens, probably in 1989 or 1990:

Chicken Gordon Blew

I did not eat there ever again. Shocked


jes, So Gordon had his unusual preference. The chicken may have died happy. You never know.

osso, Ant, aunts. What's the difference?


And more:

Quotes:

One emerging strain of thought is that human evolution leaves us ill-equipped to judge financial markets. (No wonder we're ill-equipped if thinking is such a strain.)

They can be used either to break or cause a heroine addiction. (Is the author referring to the afternoon soaps? Or a drug with an extra e?)

Available funds may not be available on short notice. (Then how available are they?)
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