Spot the Typo

Can you find the minor error in this L.A. Times column? (Good column, by the way. I officially have Iranian election fever!)

10 Responses to “Spot the Typo”
  1. Derek says:

    That sentiment would seem to favor the leading opposition figure, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who has leaned heavily on his endorsement by the still-popular former president, Mohammad Khatami.

  2. EZ says:

    In advance of election Friday, voters ride a new wave of hope and an ‘anyone but Ahmadinejad’ attitude to the polls.

    (Should be double quotation marks?)

  3. Pat says:

    I believe AP style would be “re-election,” not “reelection.”

    Don’t know whether LAT has its own style on that, though, so I can’t say it’s necessarily a mistake.

  4. cbgaines says:

    Here’s a hint: it doesn’t have to do with punctuation or grammar.

  5. Pat says:

    They misspelled Iraq. It ends with a “q” not an “n.”

    • cbgaines says:

      We have a winner! The error is in this sentence:

      “But mowj or no mowj, the longest shadow in Iraq continues to be cast by Khamenei, even though he has pledged impartiality in the election.”

      The writer meant Iran.

      Pat, you’d win a T-shirt if The Writing Guide had any T-shirts.

  6. Pat says:

    For real? I didn’t even notice that. I was just trying to be a smart-ass. But I’ll take the win.

    And I don’t need a The Writing Guide T-shirt; any of your T-shirts will do. I’ll send you a mailing address off blog.

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