The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #139115   Message #3188959
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
16-Jul-11 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: Editing Wikipedia
Subject: RE: BS: Editing Wikipedia
Many errors in Wikipedia have been copied from EB or Nature, and vice versa.

The worst errors are those that are copied into hundreds and thousands of different "sources", in print and on the net. A truly horrid example is the well-known song "You'll Have to Swing It" by Sam Coslow; we clearly hear:
Mr. Paganini
We breathlessly await your masterful baton,
Go on and sling it
which also makes perfect sense, because the gentleman (recte Toscanini) is a conductor. If you google "your masterful baton", you get 260 hits alright.

But
"your masterful détente"
gets 1200 hits, all referring to that song! Yes, both words are French, but Ella's contempraries surely have to know what détente means, and that it is "conducted" in a different manner. (Also, Ella has a flawless pronunciation.)

Mon Dieu!