An American Editor

June 29, 2010

Hall of Shame Nominees 2

Below are the second round Hall of Shame nominees received from readers. These are all the nominees I have received since posting Hall of Shame Nominees 1. If you want to participate, send your nominations to hallofshame[at] and be sure to follow the format shown in these entries.

1. Star Trek (movie tie-in) by Alan Dean Foster

  • Format: print
  • Problem: poor editing
  • Samples of errors: Captain Kirk’s father, under attack, discovers he’s restricted to “manuel control.” This is right after the word “manual” has been spelled properly.
  • Solved: No, the current run of this best-seller still contains the error.

2. The Poison King, Adrienne Mayor

  • Format: print (Princeton University Press)
  • Problems: poor copyediting and proofreading
  • Samples of errors: (1) inconsistent spelling: Sea of Azov/Asov, Damogoras/Damagoras [in the same paragraph!], Lucullus/Luculus [same paragraph], Heniochoi/Heniochi; (2) typos or misspellings: ensuring [ensuing] months, unable to chose [choose], tassled [tasseled], seige [siege], Bibliotheque National [Nationale, several times], artemesia [artemisia], ro [to] become invincible, vistory [victory], putrify [putrefy], Mithrdates [Mithradates], A.E. Houseman [Housman]; (3) faulty past tense: everyone … spit [spat] on the memory; (4) missing word: caused it [to] fill; (5) wrong word: staunched [stanched] the flow of blood, enormity [enormous size, vastness] of the land and sky; (6) faulty punctuation: Mithradates’ died
  • Frequency of errors: occasional
  • Overall quality: neutral


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    Pingback by Hall of Shame Nominees 2 | The Digital Reader — June 29, 2010 @ 7:24 am | Reply

  2. >> he’s restricted to “manuel control.” << I could make 2 inappropriate comments here: one that a name should be capitalized, as in Manuel, and the other that our friends from south of the border have taken over outer space. But I won't.


    Comment by Kris — June 29, 2010 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  3. Isn’t it “Mithridates”? The original was missing a letter either way, though.


    Comment by 4ndyman — June 29, 2010 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve got some prime entries for the Hall of shame, but every time I try to submit a candidate my email is bounced with an error message that includes the following cryptic statement:

    Technical details of permanent failure:
    The recipient server did not accept our requests to connect. Learn more at
    [dev.null. (0): Destination address required]

    Did I get the address wrong?


    Comment by Steve McClary — July 1, 2010 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

    • You must be trying to send it to the wrong address. Try this address: hallofshame [at]


      Comment by americaneditor — July 2, 2010 @ 11:42 am | Reply

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