Odd Little Morsel
I encountered a rare occurence while editing the other day: a writer misspelled hors d’oeuvre. And, to be more accurate, the writer didn’t misspell it so much as mispunctuate it. She left off the apostrophe.
It’s a funny tic of the trade that I come across egregious misspellings of common words every day but a complex, foreign word like hors d’oeuvre—with its silent s, weird apostrophe, and vowel mash-up—is consistently correct. I guess it’s one of the few words that writers will take the time to look up. Good thing, too: if I drew it in a spelling bee, I have no doubt I’d get it wrong.