A getting-paid-for-it writer for a serious on-line periodical just published "populous" (the adjective) when he meant "populace" (the noun).
Another getting-paid-for-it writer for another serious on-line something-or-other referred to "getting off Scot-free" (sic)
. Note: "scot-free" is not capitalized, because it has nothing to do with the Scots or Scotland. scot
is an old Germanic word for tribute paid to an overlord; to "get off scot-free" is to pay no price for whatever one has just gone through. Scot
(capitalized) is from Latin Scotia, Scoti
-- as in "Duns Scotus," the medieval theologian.
I don't mean to throw stones; I make mistakes, too. But I have two questions:
Doesn't anybody proofread anything any more? EDIT: I just corrected two typos in this piece that will be read by only a tiny band of people with too much time on their hands. Why? because it matters to me.
Just how bad is our educational system when literate professionals wind up writing howlers like this -- and nobody but a few cranks like me even notices?