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PRINTERS' ERRORS

No blunders are mure plentiful, nor, ai ft role, more provoking than those whloh arise through typdgraphloal errorß. In "proofs" they can be laughed at and corrected, but when they appear before the public eye their fate la sealed. Some of the errors, when they do happen, are oomtoal. - Here (s a aorap from a recent Issue of the «« Pleasant Greek News ";— The hamars of the 'intelligent oomposltor' ■?a proverbial, bat we question whether bis wit hat been ever displayed to belter advantage than m the 'setting up ' of the leadiog article m our last Thursday's Issue. By the lubstitution of one vowel for another ire were made to say that ( Woods had borne the. brunt of a hundred bottles ' We, of coarse, had written ' battles,' but the * Intelligent compositor' with the wisdom characteristic of our colonial youth, knew better than we did, He had a keener appreciation of what was due to truth and aooaraoy than ourselves, and substituted ' bottles ' for the other word. Two telling blunders come from • American journalism. A newspaper, repotting the danger that an express tiain had ran In consequence et a oow getting upon t c line, said' "As the safest way,. the engineer pat on fall steam, dashed op against the oow, and literally oat It into oalves." Another journal surprised iti readers by a reference In a desorlptlre article to "battered thander." One of theiujwrote to enqalre If it resalted from «' greased lightning," and wag informed that the words should have been " muttered thander." A queer mistake— one by no means uncommon m " proofs "—was given to the public by the "Dundee Advertiser," whloh, In an advertisement, represented a life Insurance company as congratulating its shareholders on "the low rate of morality during the past year." The •'American and Continental Monthly, among many Instance of mistakes of the press, gives the following ;— " A publisher offered lOOdol for the beat "tail 1 for his paper ; a grocer advertised an Involoe of boxen of ' pigs ' from Smyrna ; i New York landlord announced a Moose' to let and possession given immediately." By a mere oversight m punotuation funny blunders are frequently perpetrated. la an auctioneer's list the misplaolng of a hyphen oaaaed to be announoed for sale "2,000 oatnels 1 balr-braibes ; while In the report of a convocation a olergyman was. tbruagh the obatruiion of a semicolon, represented thus ;— "His contention was that there waa nothing In the Mosaic narrative ; whloh was at variance with the discoveries of modern science." In an account of the toasts at a publlo dinner the sentiment " Women— without her, mauls a brate," was printed '< Woman, without bor.mw, It ft b«uW

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889

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PRINTERS' ERRORS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889

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