Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It's the Dummy Type, Dummy

Yahoo is apparently spending too much time on exclamation-point maintenance and not enough on copy editing. "Caption goes here" is embarrassing enough, but the profanity is particularly uncalled-for. If you must use dummy type, make it innocuous. (By the way, it's "damn it" or "dammit." "Damnit" is neither here nor there.)


Clare K. R. Miller said...

Whenever I see it written that way, I pronounce it "damn nit" in my head.

lsm said...

This is why you either put the dummy text in all caps or make it a continuous line of two alternating letters.

dave h said...

Blog comment goes here dammit. (lolz)

TootsNYC said...

A friend of mine, working at Glamour, once sent to press a page w/ a gutter credit that said,
"fashion credits go here, come on people, I don't want to wait until 2 in the morning for 5-point type on the page."

She didn't get fired, but it was a close thing, and she had a BIG meeting w/ the EIC.

I told her, "hey, at least you didn't swear!"

rhubarb said...

Dummy headings and dummy copy didn't happen in hot metal days