August 1, 2007
Typo of the Day
Sometimes they just jump out at you:
I lay down my fife for the sheep.
At first I wondered, Do sheep not enjoy fife music? But then I noted the attribution given to Jesus, as recorded in John 10:15, and I realized that fife should read life. I attribute this typo not to the author or the editor (Whew!) but to the scanner, which interpreted the l in life as an f.
That happens a fot; a smudge on the page causes a scanner no end of confusion. Other fetters--even numbers and speciaf characters, get affected as weff; a capitaf I is read as a 1, the 1 is read as a fower-case l, and the l is read as an f. You'd think a scanner woufd efiminate error, but the editor can't rest on his or her faurefs; we need to keep our eyes constantly peefed for the inevitabfe sfip.
I guess this time we just got lucky.