Saturday, September 25, 2004


Breeches or Breaches?

In this week's issue of The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, there is an article about a former employee who embezzled money from the newspaper. The following sentence appears in the article:
Such instances come as startling breeches of trust, legal authorities acknowledge.
The only startling breeches of trust (or startling breeches you can trust) known to me are these, which help to conceal breaches of decorum.

Did the newspaper lose so much money to the embezzler that it can't afford a proofreader? Most computerized spell-checkers won't correct a breach of orthography like that committed by The Catholic Spirit.

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