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.
We hope, of course, that you have been accumulating these all year long just to send to us! Don't forget to go through emails you have sent to friends and colleagues reporting amusing goofs you've seen in the wild.
As editors, we are 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 Slip-up
- Spell It Again, Sam
- Say What? [jargon]
- Mangled Metaphors
- Mrs. Malaprop's Vasculary [misused words]
- Page Slay-out [bad layout juxtapositions, line breaks, etc.]
- Did You Really Mean That? [unfortunate choice of wording]
- Missed Connections [inconsistencies]
- Lost in Translation
- The Instructions Say So
- Tweet and Sour [social media slip-ups]
- Signs of the Times [photos of public signage]
- Please provide your first and last name with your submission, and indicate which member association(s) you belong to.
- Entries may be in English or French.
- Entries in Categories 1 through 13 must have been published (print or online) in 2014 or 2015. Please identify the source.
- Entries in Category 14 must be publicly viewable. Please identify their location. Photo submissions should be no larger than 1 MB.
- If the same entry is submitted several times, 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 EAC's website.
Send your entries for the Oops Awards to email@example.com by April 10 (extended deadline).
Once the entries are in, you get to vote for the greatest gaffes. Online voting will commence on May 4. Be sure to select your favourite entries by May 19.
The Oops Award goes to…
James Harbeck will present the winning entries during the Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto on June 13.