Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Slate's mistakes.
May 7 2004 1:57 PM


In a May 7 "Bushisms," Jacob Weisberg misstated the date of the Democratic convention at which Ann Richards twitted President George H.W. Bush. It was 1988 not 1992.


The May 5 "Press Box" by Jack Shafer quoted erroneous information from Editor & Publisher about the price of online Wall Street Journal subscriptions. Editor & Publisher has deleted that information from its article, as has Slate.

A May 3 " Ad Report Card" originally referred to KFC, TCBY, ESPN, and YM as acronyms. Linguistic sticklers (not to say pedants) among Slate's readers then pointed out that these abbreviations are not, in fact, acronyms. An acronym is a pronounceable word that consists of the first initials or syllables of the words in another phrase—think PAC for "political action committee," or snafu for "situation normal all fucked up." Only if the chicken-eating public regularly pronounced the name KFC as "kuffick" could Slate safely term it an acronym. We stand corrected.

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