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Friday, October 30, 2009

What they ought not to have done

A headline in this morning’s editions of my former paper, The Baltimore Sun:

Conversions don’t worry Episocopal bishop

Lord, have mercy.


  1. Duh! Everyone knows it should be "Episcopalian bishop."

  2. Hear our prayer.

  3. Oh, but doesn't it look more visually appealing spelled that way? It's The (new) Sun!

  4. This is a typoglycemia, right?