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November 14, 2009

Rouge Queen
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 03:16 PM * 77 comments

It was the typo that had to happen. And happen it did, at CNN, just now today. The story is,

November 14, 2009
McCain Campaign Adviser pushes back on Palin book
Posted: November 14th, 2009 02:22 PM ET

As you know, Bob, Sarah Palin’s book is called Going Rogue. The title is on the cover and everything.

But observe on CNN just now:

The full page is here as a graphic, or read the original; maybe they haven’t corrected it yet.

Comments on Rouge Queen:
#1 ::: truth is life ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 03:51 PM:

Well, with that jacket and all...

#2 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:12 PM:

Someone actually put together a parody called 'Going Rouge'. It's a 'coloring and activities boo', according to its subtitle. Comes out Tuesday, also.

#4 ::: Dan ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:15 PM:

Actually, when I read about the book's release on the BBC Web site, I read the title as "Going Rouge" -- which meant I had to read this post several times before I got what the typo was in the CNN report.

"Going Rogue"? Uh uh. Does not capture the essence of Sarah Palin -- she is no more a rogue than Winnie the Pooh. Maybe "Going Rouge" isn't quite right, but it's better than "Going Rogue."

#5 ::: Pendrift ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:17 PM:

Apparently a real "Going Rouge" book is coming out too.

#6 ::: D. Potter ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:19 PM:

It's the typo of the month. Also, *snort*.

#7 ::: Phyllis ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:28 PM:

In the spirit of Nelson Muntz, Ha ha.

#8 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:36 PM:

I'd have to say that a touch of rouge would have improved her appearance on the cover...

#9 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:52 PM:

I realize authors don't have much say in the covers for their books, but I gotta believe she'd have liked to have a rifle in there somewhere. And maybe a helicopter and a wolf, too.

#10 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 04:58 PM:

You know, some Palin fans are bound to pick up Going Rouge by mistake. It's a pity they'll figure it out before posting their impressions of the book.

#11 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 05:04 PM:

Is it just me, or do Palin's posture and crimson costume also remind you of THIS?

#12 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 05:07 PM:

Just to make sure that everyone catches Jim's reference in the thread title... there was an edition of L. Sprague de Camp's novel Rogue Queen that had that typo in the title on the spine. I'm not having any luck finding a picture of it on the web, alas.

#13 ::: Ken Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 05:13 PM:

I think I have a copy around somewhere. Was just going to ask if Palin was being published by Bluejay.

#14 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 05:14 PM:

TNH #10: Some may not figure it out.

#15 ::: Ron Sullivan ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 05:36 PM:

"Typos are Coyote padding through the language, grinning."

— Susanna Sturgis, back in the good ol' days of Usenet

#16 ::: Harry Connolly ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 05:37 PM:

From a Palin supporter in the comments section of the CNN article:

".......women are beautiful beings but should be born with zippers on their mouths......especially women of the media........"

I realize it's easy to find dimwitted jackholes in the comments section of political media sites, but wow.

#17 ::: PurpleGirl ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 05:40 PM:

She's gazing off into the horizon... or was it Russia and they reversed the image.

#18 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 06:11 PM:

I wonder how good the copyediting of her book was; what typos lurk in there? Not that I'm willing to read it just to find them.

There's a lovely one I just found in Chris Roberson's "End of the Century", wherein Artur and a group of his knights ride out in full marital equipment.

#19 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 06:14 PM:

Serge @ 11 ...
Is it just me, or do Palin's posture and crimson costume also remind you of THIS?

It's just you ... but I'd love to know where to find some better views of that dress...

#20 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 06:22 PM:

xeger @ 19... It's just you

That's a relief.
I think.

As for getting better views of the dress... You can rent that Doctor Who episode as a standalone from NetFlix.

#21 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 06:24 PM:

Then there was the businessman who was in reality before he went into politics.

#22 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 06:31 PM:

Harry Connolly @ 16... I hope for his sake that he's not a teabagger.

#23 ::: Angiportus ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 06:52 PM:

A couple more come to my mind. "Despite all that had happened, we kept control of our elves" --when the narrator meant "ourselves"--from some Lovecraft pastiche. Then just a while back, I was using a voice recognition program to write in my journal, and I made some high-flown statement about some situation that included a reference to rogue elephants, and what came up on the screen was "robed elephants".
If you gaze off into the horizon will it gaze back into you?

#24 ::: David Wald ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 07:14 PM:

Angiportus@23: "Despite all that had happened, we kept control of our elves"

Around here there was a building that for a long time advertised "Precision elf Storage" in neon, thanks to a broken letter. I was kind of glad they didn't fix it until after Christmas.

#25 ::: Jeffrey Kramer ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 07:26 PM:

I was also thrilled to see an actual use of "As you know, Bob."

#26 ::: tad ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 07:48 PM:

Not suprised by the typo. We sposedly educated Americans have SUCH trouble w/ spelling & language -- U know, LITERACY.... & this little booboo was predicted many years back by the title of Algis Budrys' classic SF novel ROUGE MOON....
(Well, I thot it was funny....)
More seriously, betcha the publicity about this will sell a few 1,000 more copies of the book....
Didn't Freud say There R No Mistakes...?
-- TAD.

#27 ::: mimi ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 07:49 PM:

Joel @12: I own that version, but it's in storage. I wasn't actually a huge fan of the book, but I cherish that typo enough to never get rid of it.

#28 ::: Nathaniel ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 07:58 PM:

The original page has been corrected. Pity.

#29 ::: Mark ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 07:59 PM:

David Wald @ 24: A similar sign visible from the highway in Hartford read, for a long while, ELF ST RAGE. It always made me think happy thoughts in Will Shetterly and Terri Windling's directions.

#30 ::: Nathaniel ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 08:04 PM:

Via the Daily Show, it looks like CNN's only just catching up with ABC.

#31 ::: Dave Kuzminski ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 08:13 PM:

Re: #10, are her supporters capable of staying within the lines if they pick up Going Rouge instead of Going Rogue? Will the public be safer? I mean, can we trust her supporters with sharp pointy things even if they're make of wax?

#32 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 08:17 PM:

Awww, they went and fixed it.

===============

Other classic typos include presenting an untied front.

#33 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 08:17 PM:

I hope Sarah Palin's book sells very, very well, and that she uses her profits to further her quest to make as many GOP political figures act as crazy as she does, because I really want to see Republicans become the party of crazy self-marginalized loons.

#34 ::: Kevin Riggle ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 08:35 PM:

I think a lot of Republicans expect liberals' faces to "go rouge" at the release of this book, but I'm pretty sure the joke's on them in the long run.

Apropos typos, there's a warehouse just north of the MIT campus which, when viewed from the right angle, reads "Metropolitan Rage Warehouse - Ire Proof". (Picture here.) Always amuses me when I walk by, and some days I wish I could store my rage there.

#35 ::: mike ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 08:35 PM:

It's a sign! She's a Communist!

#36 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 09:54 PM:

Bruce Cohen (Speaker To Managers) #18:

I used to work for a newspaper that frequently made reference to marital arts films. These, you need to know, were generally made in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and known on the street (in Kingston) as "kickers."

#37 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 10:14 PM:

Serge @ 11, that's awesome.

The crossover fiction: it's so beautiful in my mind.

#38 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 10:18 PM:

#36
Right up there with the other one I see so often, which drops the 'l' from 'public'.

#39 ::: Evan Goer ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 10:49 PM:

Oh man, this book is like the World of Warcraft Rogue forums all over again. In more ways than one.

#41 ::: Matthew Daly ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2009, 11:27 PM:

Serge @11: "Amongst our weaponry are such elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms -- oh DAMN!"

#42 ::: Cygnet ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 01:09 AM:

My favorite typo ever is, "She wrapped herself around him like a wonton woman."

#43 ::: Russell Coker ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 04:51 AM:

About 20 years ago it was a common practice to vandalise the signs of the Australian roast chicken restaurant "Red Rooster" to make them say "Red Rooter". It got to the stage where they apparently never bothered repairing the signs.

Strangely I haven't seen a "Red Rooter" sign for many years. I wonder what the kids are doing nowadays.

#44 ::: Micah ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 06:08 AM:

I LOVE that coloring book.

http://www.goingrouge.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/huntress1.gif

"Which creature did Sarah Palin NOT kill and skin in 2008?

a) Caribou
b) Salmon
c) Moose
d) John McCain"

Genius!

#45 ::: Larry ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 11:39 AM:

Amazon is selling the book for 9.99 on the hardcover. Can't wait until the reviews start coming in. I am tempted to get it for the comedy value.

#46 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 11:46 AM:

Wait a couple of months before you pick up Palin's tome. It'll be in the any-book-on-this-table-$1 stacks and you can save some money.

#47 ::: Mark ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 01:24 PM:

Ever notice how, once you say or type something amusingly wrong once, you have to fight with yourself not to make the same mistake every time?

#48 ::: Wesley ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 02:45 PM:

On the subject of missing letters... I cannot recall seeing a restroom hand dryer that didn't have the last two letters of "Push Button" scratched off. Perhaps that's why many newer models seem to have gone to pictograph instructions.

Criggo is a good place to go for more of this.

#49 ::: Larry ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 02:55 PM:

James @46: It's already $20 off the cover price, I don't recall seeing that deep a discount on a new release "bestseller" ever. I could be wrong though.

#50 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 03:02 PM:

Larry (49): It's part of a bigger price war at Amazon, Target, and Walmart. The new Stephen King book, among others, is also vastly discounted.

#51 ::: Angiportus ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 03:52 PM:

They always discount the ones I'm not interested in.
Some eons back, I was riding past the Seattle Central Community College building, and their sign said "SCCC MUSIC IS NOTEWORTHY" and someone had stolen the E.

#52 ::: Mark ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 03:56 PM:

Wesley, now I often see those pictorial instructions labeled BACON DISPENSER: Push button, bacon dispensed below.

#53 ::: Kevin Reid ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 04:45 PM:

“1. Push button.
2. Receive bacon.
3. Ahhh, bacon.”

#54 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 05:41 PM:

When reading Escape from Hell earlier this year (it's the Niven/Pournelle sequel to their Inferno from the 1970s), I was delighted to see a copyediting slip that referred to the ancient realm of "the Acadian empire". Ah, the decadent feasts of rappie pie and maple tarts....

#55 ::: John Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 07:02 PM:

I especially like the ones that allow the dispensing nozzle to be turned up and dispense bacon directly to the mouth without getting your hands greasy. Now if they'd put them somewhere other than restrooms....

#56 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 10:02 PM:

"I'm not gonna hurt you, kid."
"It's nothing personal. It's just that, when people touch my skin, something happens."
"What?"
"I don't know, they just get hurt."
"Fair enough. So, what kind of name is Rouge?"
"I don't know. What kind of name is Listerine?"

#57 ::: Throwmearope ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2009, 10:09 PM:

My favorite typo was on the front page of the local Riverside, CA newspaper. They were doing a series on dealing with the recession (I forget just which one exactly).

The sub-headline ran: Read how Bob Smith's entire life changed for the better after he got laid.

They forgot the "off."

#58 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2009, 04:53 AM:

About 20 years ago it was a common practice to vandalise the signs of the Australian roast chicken restaurant "Red Rooster" to make them say "Red Rooter".

Compare amending the sign on an "In-And-Out Burger" restaurant by removing the "B" and the "r".

#59 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2009, 05:37 AM:

Fragano #36

I recall a fanzine entitled Marital Rats of Shaolin

#60 ::: Pendrift ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2009, 07:42 AM:

More on missing letters: we were surprised we didn't see this creative use of chewing gum more often in Amsterdam, considering the signs are pretty much everywhere.

#61 ::: Barry ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2009, 09:51 AM:

I always knew Palin was a Red :)

#62 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2009, 12:36 PM:

Dave Bell #60: Ah, perfect!

#63 ::: Nancy Lebovitz ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2009, 10:25 AM:

Palin on hospitality to vegetarians

As for feeling compelled to repeat mistakes, once upon a time I had an apazine called "The Gostik Nospels". I still think it's a cute name, but decades later, I have to think very carefully if I want to refer to the gnostic gospels.

#64 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2009, 10:43 AM:

I once saved one of our users from embarassment when I read his project's specs before their general release and pointed out that 'public' has an 'L' in it.

#65 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2009, 03:14 PM:

Serge #65: I once explained to a student that her essay on gay rights would have been much improved if she'd changed "pubic affairs" to "public affairs."

#66 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2009, 03:22 PM:

The most famous fannish example of a typo preserved was of course Lee Hoffman's Quandry.

#67 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2009, 05:56 PM:

Fragano @ 66... Of all the typos I've come across, my favorite (which is why I repeat it again) was when a female co-worker I was helping wrote back and, having yet another question, asked me to bare with her.

#68 ::: Paula Lieberman ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2009, 11:58 PM:

Thoughts relating to Srh Pln

A quote from the late Mr Ford, "You kill it, you eat it." (alas, "Zap, you're sterile," which elicited said comment, did not apply to Srh Pln's daughter's son's engenderer in the non-marital sexplay Bristol Palin and her ex-boyfriend engaged in....)

Regarding "everyday Americans" it occurred to me that blindfolding and dropping Palin into the middle of Walden Pond, or duct-taping her to the rock wall (it's a low ones, however...) separating Minuteman National Park from the Old Manse (home of several generations of the Emerson family including Ralph Waldo Emerson his father and grandfather who were ministers), might be appropriate actions to direct her attention to US history, and "everyday" USA... dropping her into Walden Pond on a hot day when the place is crammed with people going swimming, might be particularly effective, or duct-taping her in Concord in advance of the annual re-enaction of the battle with "the shot heard 'round the world--a phrase penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson could also being tutorial....

#70 ::: Felicity Shoulders ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2009, 06:12 PM:

Even our nation's artisans are having trouble spelling the name of the book, as seen on Regretsy. How are real Americans supposed to make an honest capitalist buck off of Sarah Palin when she uses such difficult words?

#71 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2009, 06:57 PM:

There are at least two small pickups driving around our town that proudly proclaim their manufacturer to be "YO."

#72 ::: Leroy F. Berven ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2009, 07:43 PM:

Jenny @ 72: And there's one which I've seen around Seattle during the past several years, for which the internal letter spacing and content on the tailgate brand have been modified to a slightly greater extent: "TONKA".

#73 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2009, 09:08 PM:

72/73
I've seen it modified to 'TO OT' (or, with a letter added, 'TOOOT').

#74 ::: joann ::: (view all by) ::: November 19, 2009, 12:03 PM:

Leroy #73:

I saw its predecessor tooling along my street in Palo Alto back in the 80s. Is the one you see white?

#75 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: November 19, 2009, 06:39 PM:

joann @ 75:

I saw a Toyota Land Cruiser (jeep knockoff) that had the letters modified to "TONKA" and had been painted primer yellow to look just like one of the toys. This was in Davis, CA, circa 1974.

#76 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 19, 2009, 06:53 PM:

The Oregonian ran a piece today about people swarming to Palin's signings. Their gushing sounded so damn familiar. So damn much like people gushing about Bush back in 2000.

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