I have written before about the need for a proofreader in certain conditions. I certainly have done my own goofing up in the lexicon department as I have fallen prey to the tyranny of the spell check. Certain words may be spelled correctly, but may not be used in the proper context – such as “there”, “their”, and “they’re”.
However, at least when I use the spell check feature, that functionality catches words that are completely made up.
Apparently, the headline writers of The Washington Post do not use the spell check function. Below is the headline from the front page of the December 26, 2010 edition:
Please note the sub-headline reads “Timing Promps Ethics Questions”.
What kind of word is promps?
Dictionary.com has no entry for promps.
Gee, could the Post have been looking to use the word “prompts“?
So the next time the Post feels the need to tweak a politican for creating new words, they should take a long hard look in the mirror.
Maybe that would promp some self-reflection (tee hee).