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Los Angeles Times readers representative Deirdre Edgar wrote recently about complaints the newspaper received over an “ungrammatical quote” attributed to California governor Jerry Brown.

Brown is quoted as telling the Associated Press “If they slipped, they would have went right over.”

In response to complaints, Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor Henry Furhmann explained that the newspaper doesn’t ordinarily use “sic” after errors in reports.

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According to the Times’ style book, “sic” is only used in the newspaper’s reports if “it is part of the material being quoted, such as in a transcript.”


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