I am the first person to freely admit that I rarely get the memos now about what the latest “hip-and-happening” slang is. I still think “awesome” is a perfectly appropriate word and even the term “radical” has been known to slip past my lips in an unguarded moment.
Look at my first sentence of this blog and you can see that I even view the word “hip” as still being hip.
However, even my level of squareness knows that the terrorist attacks that occurred at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania happened on September 11, 2001.
This event has come to be known in shorthand as “9/11” or even “9-11”.
However, I have never seen that day referenced as “the 20S01 attacks“.
The fine folks at The Washington Post feel othewise as a front-page article of the September 27, 2010, edition with the headline “Money transfers face new scrutiny”, mentions, in the fifth paragraph, “which specified reforms to better organize the intelligence community and to avoid a repeat of the 20S01 attacks.”
Below you can see a scan I made of the article just so you know I’m not making this up:
Now I could cut the people at the Post a break and say that there was some simple mix-up at the typesetter (or whatever it is they use to publish newspapers these days) and that of course a copy editor would see this incredible error and fix it when the story hit the Web.
I don’t know when they’ll fix their flub, but this link to the story still has it.
And, again, just to show that I’m not making this up, here’s a screen shot from the Web story as of 9:35PM EDT on September 28:
For all I know the Post is on the cutting edge in trying to rebrand that horrible day, but more than likely is the proposition that an error was made, no one caught it, and it will now continue to thrive and multiply around the Web.
As a side note for those of you playing at home, the over-under on the number of days it takes the Post to make a correction to their front-page blunder is fifteen (15) days.