In a week of processing copy, I spotted this quote from a person responding to a survey, in a Daily Mail story:
‘Then there were other non-essential tasks such as watering plants and sorting out the sock draw which suddenly became urgent priorities ahead of the essential task they really should be concentrating on.’
Thing is, you reorganise your sock drawER, not your sock draw. Looked at in context, it’s possible that the mistake was contained in the original statement from a source mentioned in the story, and somehow slipped past the Mail’s subbing system.
Moral of the story: just because it’s in an email from someone else, doesn’t mean it’s right.
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