“Typos on the Internet”


Once you train yourself to spot errors, you can’t not spot them….You notice typos in novels, missing words in other magazines, incorrect punctuation on billboards. You have nightmares that your oversight turned Mayor Bloomberg into a “pubic” figure.

For The Awl, Lori Fradkin writes about the trials and tribulations of the copyeditor. (She uses “copy editor,” two words, which is AP Style rather than Chicago. But everything’s okay.)

Tragically, probably due to some technical error, the em dashes in the piece are rendered as regular hyphens. We wish Fradkin a speedy recovery from this surely traumatic experience.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →