In some editions on Wednesday, Maureen Dowd’s column about the sexual abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University used the wrong shorthand in the headline and the final paragraph for the name of the school. It is Penn State, not Penn.”
penn is shorthand for the university of pennsylvania, and i bet they were none too pleased to be associated with what’s going on at penn state.
this is a dumb, avoidable mistake. (so, too, was penn state’s horror story.) i recently shared some tips for making sure your writing’s error free. maybe i’ll send them to the times.