Lo And Behold, Martha Stewart Got It Wrong

Lo And Behold, Martha Stewart Got It Wrong
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Lo and behold. The Macquarie Dictionary defines this “an exclamation used to indicate that the circumstance about to be revealed or described is surprising”. But if you make a spelling error and use low instead of lo, you lose the impact.

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That’s exactly what happened to US baker/household organiser/publisher Martha Stewart during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit last week. Here she is explaining her technology habits

I have always tried to stay ahead of the tech curve. I use the new Samsung notebook, I use the iPhone, and low and behold, I still have a new Blackberry. All I need now is one phone number for all of them.

I’m prepared to accept that typos are going to happen in a live chat environment, even for a perfectionist like Stewart. But we mustn’t perpetuate the idea that this spelling is correct. Accuracy matters.

Lifehacker’s Mind Your Language column offers bossy advice on improving your writing.


  • When was the last time you actually used that exclamation, and did you say it or write it down..? Somehow I doubt that many people are actually using it anymore in the common vernacular, let alone actually writing it down…!

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