A typo in describing a typo?

December 01, 2010

Tuesday's article, "'Star-Spangled Banner' rare edition goes on the auction block" begins by stating that "It's the typo that gives it away."

How true because later the reader is told that the proof of the authenticity of the sheet music was the misspelling of the word "patriotic." The Sun tells us that during the war of 1812, Francis Scott Key lacked the modern-day luxury of spell-check so that, when the "first edition of the four famous verses that later became the national nnthem [sic] were published in 1814, they contained a telling misspelling."

I'm sorry that the Sun can't afford spell-check. Perhaps the editors could read-before-print.

Richard Vollmer, Arnold

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