Salt And People Shaker

I can’t stop laughing. I can’t stop laughing I can’t stop laughing I can’t stop laughing!

Ok, writing that seems to have allowed me to concentrate.

We thought recipes calling for henbane and 20 nutmeg nuts were bad. Now, Ann has let me know that there’s a pasta recipe book that had a recipe in it calling for freshly-ground black people……er…pepper. Pepper! Pepper pepper pepper! Freshly-ground black pepper! Not surprisingly, they had to destroy the book because it was too expensive to fix the mistake.

I love the explanation for the mistake. It was a spell-checker error. Uh, dude, “pepper” and “people” are both real words. No spell-checker would have caught that error. Then I love how defensive the guy got.

“It’s called the ‘Pasta Bible,’ almost every recipe has ground black pepper in it, mostly in the same place [on each page],” Sessions said. “We’ve said to bookstores that if anyone is small minded enough to complain about this very … silly mistake then we will happily replace [the book] for them.”

Just admit that you screwed up. That would look better.

I think they need to hire more JAWS-users as proofreaders. You wouldn’t believe how many errors I catch that the eye just glazes over because the brain fills in the rest for the reader. JAWS will say “people” if it sees people and “pepper” if it sees pepper. It will stand out like a sore thumb.

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