From Rhoda Janzen’s Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home (Holt):
“Al’s enrollment at St. Veronica’s had not been a shoe-in, but Phil and Hannah had decided that Christian guilt was better than bad math.”
“With a pattern of dodgy behavior already established, I was a shoe-in for further scrutiny.”
“Aaron sang close harmonies in a madrigal group, his rich-timbered baritone blending like butter.”
You could argue using “shoe-in” for shoo-in and “timber” for “timbre” ought to have won Janzen an automatic spot on the shortlist. But copyeditors typically catch such mistakes and may have caught similar errors in the books of the other finalists. So Janzen gets only an honorable mention to avoid penalizing her for lapses by an editor.
Read the full review of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.
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