A red face over golden apples
March 21 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

A red face over golden apples | Friday, March 22, 2002

Friday, March 22, 2002

A red face over golden apples

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

In last week's issue, I spoke of a delightful lady who often brightens my day with kind words and "sweet talk." She calls me (and everyone else) "Sweet Pea," and I likened her cheerful conversation to Prov. 25:11, which says, "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver."

Unfortunately, I wrote, "the Psalmist says ..." instead of "the writer of Proverbs says ..."

I knew the text was from Proverbs but didn't remember exactly where, so I looked it up using a Bible study program on my computer. When I asked for a verse containing the words "apples" and "gold," it quickly zeroed in on Prov. 25:11. I immediately had a brain accident somewhere between the optic nerves and the murky dendrites of my gray matter, converting "Pr." to "Ps." and sending signals to my fingers to type "Psalmist."

I then failed to catch the miscue in several proof readings.

Nobody else on our staff caught it, either. It was spelled correctly.

I suspect most of our readers just glossed right over the mistake and never noticed.

But there are always an attentive few who catch such blunders and bring them to our attention. The first person to point out the error read the column on our Web site and sent a good-natured e-mail addressed to "Dr. Sweet Pea."

I hope others who catch the error will be as kind, and refrain from using terms like "doofus," "chowderhead" and "biblical illiterate."

In any case, it may be a while before I get around to reading their letters. I'll be in the back of the room writing on the chalkboard 100 times: "I will not confuse Psalms and Proverbs."

I will not confuse Psalms and Proverbs.

I will not confuse Psalms and Proverbs. ...

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