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Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on April 1, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Other Than That, the Storey Was Accurate 
“In a story March 26 about a spelling contest, The Associated Press misspelled ‘obnubilate,’ which means to obscure or make unclear.”–Associated Press, March 29 

News of the Tautological

  • “Aftershocks Follow an Earthquake Near Los Angeles”–headline, New York Times, March 30
  • “Major Solar Flare Erupts From the Sun”–headline,, March 31

News You Can Use 
“State Dept. Warns Against Ukraine Travel, Promotes Ukraine Travel”–headline, Washington Free Beacon, March 28

Bottom Stories of the Day

  • “El Paso-Las Cruces Borderplex Not on Tesla Motor’s List for $5 Billion Factory”–headline, El Paso Times, March 30
  • “Obama Endorses Dem. Senator in Hawaii Race”–headline, Associated Press, March 31

Never Bail Hey on an Unhoed Road 
The concluding item in Friday’s column drew this response from reader Tom Witta:

It’s “a tough row to hoe,” not “road.” Can’t tell if you meant that deliberately, as a similar mistake to the ones you were noting, but if so, the humor didn’t quite come off for me. There is I guess some confusion on this, but you hoe a row of a crop to weed it, so my background with summers spent at my uncle’s farm must be showing through.

Which answers the age-old question: Why can’t Johnny weed?

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