Sunday, January 11, 2004

The hidden wit of reference books. This is the example errata slip in the Oxford Guide to Style, the book formerly known as Hart's Rules. The trick is to imagine what kind of book could contain all three errors, and how many legal actions might result:

p. 197, line 9: for 2.5 mg digoxin PO read 0.25 mg digoxin PO
p. 204, line 15: for live wire read earth wire
p. 399, line 2: for guilty. read 'not proven'.

[The Oxford Guide to Style, by R. M. Ritter, Oxford University Press 2000. If you need it, you need it; which doesn't explain why I'm reading it for fun.]

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