Sunday, November 19, 2006

History.com gets it less then right

This is what fell out of my overstuffed Sunday New York Times, the cover of a promotional supplement for History.com's "Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower." For a moment I tried to parse the headline. Was I missing something? Was the word "then" meant to be a reference to the past? No, they had simply used then when they meant than. It was just plain wrong. But History.com is not alone, as a quick Google wildcard search established:
A Correct GIS Image is Worth More Then a Thousand Numbers.

Since a picture is worth more then a thousand words, I've attached a time-lapse animated gif.

One good idea is worth more then a billion dollars.

Time Value of Money: A dollar today is worth more then a dollar tomorrow.

My two and half cent opinion (pennies are now worth more then a penny!)

A good medic is worth more then a dozen men; a bad one is just a liability.

Learning how the camera works will be worth more then a $300 lens.

The personal words, not for publication are worth more then a canned speech.
Search Google on "worth more then a *" and you'll find more than 10,000 other examples. (Taking out the "a" will produce ten times that many.) It makes for a fascinating stroll down the highways and byways of American (il)literacy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have the adertisement at work because I was so stunned that it made it all the way into distribution.

I would think that someone lost a job the following Monday.

Thanks for noticing it too!