Those of us whom actually adore the AP Stylebook are a nuisance to other flacks in the PR industry. My red pen is legendary with my co-workers. I’m not condescending or anything, but I really enjoy editing. From language to syntax, tonality to voice, these are good times.
And yes, I don’t have many friends, but I digress.
Understanding editing can actually be a gift for some people, you would think if one edited for say…God…you would really pay attention. At least I would for fear of finding a surge of instant energy in my behind.
Evidently, that’s not a large concern in Rome. The Vatican, to be more specific. I suppose when your boss is the Bishop of Rome (AKA Il Papa, The Pontiff, The Big Guy in the Sweet Ride, Pope Francis I), being killed for a minor edit wouldn’t become a bother because you don’t have far to go when you die.
So, enjoy this story from UPI. It discusses The Vatican having to recall 6,000 special medals meant to commemorate the inauguration of Pope Francis after a typo was discovered on the coin, misspelling Jesvs as “Lesvs.”
I don’t mean the “V”, which is Latin and they do things differently out of town. No, I mean jacking up the name of the Son of God. To wit, this story goes international and the Catholic News Service gets Interweb savvy and tweets it (thank you!)
Photo of Vatican medal with “Lesus” instead of “Jesus” pic.twitter.com/qrtxFd2mDZ
— Catholic News Svc (@CatholicNewsSvc) October 10, 2013
And there you have it, right by the tax collector’s head (seated) “Lesvs.” The papal medallions were immediately taken off the shelves, but by then, the money was spent, the word was out and the damage was done.
BTW, I call dibs on the new #WWLD hashtag for the Church. Okay, thanks.