Kicker – Not so Word Perfect


MARY REICHARD, HOST: Well, Megan you’ve written a book and I’ve got dreams of one myself, but wow, talk about work!

Countless hours of research, toiling over a keyboard, writing, rewriting, the editing process. My goodness!

So with all that labor involved you can imagine how British author Susie Dent must have felt when she got ahold of her just published book. 

Chock full of typos and errors!

Dent said she felt “sick” and even—her words—“gutted” as she read through it. Worse, the title of her book is “Word Perfect,” about the English language! 

Here’s what happened: Somehow an unedited version of the text made its way to the printing press instead of the final draft. 

Dent’s publisher John Murray Press released a statement saying:

“We’re very sorry that, due to a printing error, early copies of WORD PERFECT are not word perfect.”

The publisher is recalling the bad copies and reprinting everything. 

Not perfect, but the right thing to do.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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