• Tue, Sep 25 2012

Vogue May Have Printed The Most Hilarious Correction Of All Time

In the latest issue of Vogue, a correction was printed that should go down in the history books. The mistake was from the magazine’s profile on Chelsea Clinton in its September issue. It reads as follows:

“Dan Baer was mistakenly identified as an interior designer. He’s a deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State,”

Wait, so interior designers and deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State aren’t interchangeable terms? Because I am always mixing those two up.

No one likes to see mistakes like these (even though this is hilarious) but as an editor it does make me feel a little better considering Vogue has an entire team of copy editors as well as fact checkers (I’m thinking someone got fired over this or at least got a really scary stare from Anna Wintour.) At least a few people had to have looked at this interview before it went to print.  In writing it is quite easy to make a mistake or a typo (even if my readers say it’s not), but this is pretty bad.

(h/t @RebeccaKKatz)

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  • Lastango

    Actually, Baer might have been thrilled at the promotion… “deputy assistant secretary” sounds like a government euphemism for “entourage coffee-getter”.

    • Eagle Eye

      Haha, actually with a title like that it probably means that he’s one of the people whose actually doing the work!

  • vnally

    Having been on the other side of an admittedly mild Wintour-scary-stare (I used to live across the street from her and accidentally got between her and her car service at 7 in the morning while moving furniture) I can tell you that the copy editor in question would rather be fired.

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