Scathing Online Schoolmarm says: Even at the highest levels, editors sometimes mistake plain and plane. In a column about Michelle Obama, Charles Blow writes:

[Racists have always believed black people lack] the morality and character to exist on the same plain as white people.

It’s an understandable error, since it sort of makes sense to say someone deserves to exist in the same geographical location as other people; but the actual idea is that they are on the same level. SOS is going to guess that an editor will soon correct it.


Editors have now corrected it.

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5 Responses to “It’s plane.”

  1. theprofessor Says:

    The vast, empty space between Charles Blow’s ears makes this an entirely understandable mistake.

  2. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    In the meantime, Covfefe shines at The Breeder’s Cup.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Ravi: That word seems well on its way to immortality.

  4. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    Great Leader is also a regular guy which only he can manage because of his intrinsic greatness. Unlike the Librul Elites at the NYT and most colleges.

  5. Anon Says:

    I like how the typo ties in to the idea of whiteness as the default, just plain people, plain vanilla.

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