Thursday, May 12, 2016

Palce* (for Place* or Palace*)

A couple of friends sent me this photo of the building in New York City where they had recently traveled for a baby's bris: Trump Place. I had been engaged in some rather thorny proofreading just then, and was feeling a tad punchy, so perhaps that had something to do with it, but my immediate reaction upon seeing the name of the place was that it had to be a typo. Surely, I thought, that's supposed to say Trump Palace, but some minion must have misspelled it! (Actually, there is a Trump Palace located in Manhattan, so for those who like to live large, and then even larger, along with the king of bling and schwing himself, there's always that option as well.) "Trump Place," in any case, does sound a little like a child's daycare center or playground of sorts; maybe with a bit more downsizing, "Trump Pals" can be next, and after that, a simple, retro "Trump P.S." Luckily, my initial mistake doesn't extend to the palavering pol for whom these places are named, though. I can spot that gaffe-making goof coming a mile away. Palce* (for palace* or place*) came up 27 times in OhioLINK, and 1,436 times in WorldCat.

(Photo of Trump Place, New York City.)

Carol Reid

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