How About “Deft Plank”?

When I pick up the (paper) New York Times, I always turn to page 2 to read the corrections. Since the Times is so obsessive about beating its chest over every error it has made, the record-set-straighting can be amusing. A couple of weeks ago, this classic appeared:

Because of editing errors, an article on Thursday about a duo that has its first Top 10 single and its first No. 1 album on the Billboard album chart misstated its name at two points. As the article correctly noted elsewhere, it is Daft Punk — not Daft Puck or Daft Pink.

The mistakes came about because daft is still on the radar as a NOOB. Presumably, the success of the French musical duo will speed the word’s ascent to full-fledged status.

Hasn’t happened yet, however. On Sunday, I opened up my home-town Philadelphia Inquirer to find this:


12 thoughts on “How About “Deft Plank”?

  1. mistakes come because they are rampant in the papers. Proofreading jobs evidently don’t exist anymore. it’s a close-enough-is-good-enough phenomenon that is sweeping the world. It’s really got nothing to do with NOOBs. The guardian does it as well. lol.

  2. See, this is partly why I enjoy reading this blog. It’s not so much wondering what our colonial cousins are up to, but what words and phrases are colloquial British. I honestly didn’t know that ‘daft’ is such a word.

    But why would ‘daft’ be reproduced correctly and ‘punk’ not?

  3. Daft is a great word, used expertly by Ron Nasty of The Rutles in their legendary biopic All You Need Is Cash. When asked by a journalist about the uproar following his “Rutles Bigger Than Jesus” quote, Ron replies: “I think it proves you’re all daft. Suppose I’ll get in trouble for saying that now.”

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