It is time again to indulge in one of the great, bittersweet pleasures of being an editor: spotting the goofs of others (a task always accomplished, mind you, with compassion, an explanation of the error involved and a workaround solution). Yes, it's time to scan the text—advertisements, not-so-scholarly journals, newspapers, bedtime reading, billboards, menus and signs seen around the globe—and send in your submissions for The Oops Awards: Round Too.
The Editors' Association of Canada membership is uniquely qualified to spot—and appreciate—infelicities, ambiguities, mistakes and grimace-inducing word wounds. Together, we'll recognize the best of the bad.
Here's your chance to contribute your favourites and share a laugh or three.
- Most Expensive Error
- Misplaced Best Modifier
- Sexiest Slipup
- Spell It Again, Sam
- Say What? [jargon]
- Mangled Metaphors
- Positively Poo-
rest Line Break
- Lost in Translation
- The Instructions Say So
- Signs of the Times [photos of public signage]
- Entries are welcome from all EAC members; please provide your full first and last names with your submission.
- Entries may be in English or French.
- Entries in Categories 1 through 9 must appear in documents (print or online) published in 2007 or 2008. Please identify the source.
- Entries in Category 10 must be publicly viewable. Please identify their location. Photo submissions should be no larger than 1MB.
- If the same entry is submitted by several members, the first entry received will be acknowledged as the official entry.
- You may enter as often as you like.
- Laughter will be your reward, along with publication on the association website and in our newsletter, Active Voice.
The Oops Award goes to …
Entries will be judged by a subcommittee of the national executive council. Shortlisted entries will be presented during the annual conference in Edmonton, at lunch on June 7, 2008, by the ever-resplendent Moira White (EAC president) and the shy and retiring Brendan Wild (EAC vice-president).
Enthusiastic audience applause by conference attendees will determine the winning entries.
Send your entries for The Oops Awards to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 25, 2008.