In a recent email exchange, a friend made reference to a hateful rant to which I made reference to a hateful grudge. But I wanted to link to the reference in case he didn’t get it – so off to Google I went. Only…
Turns out that many (read most) sites quote the line incorrectly. They say “…Mr. Stokes has a grudge…” when the actual line is:
Sounded to me like he was harboring a hateful grudge against the Soggy Bottom Boys on account of their rough and rowdy past. Looks like Homer Stokes is the kind of fellow who wants to cast the first stone. – O Brother Where Art Thou Script
This wouldn’t be a problem if it was just some personal blog or a paraphrase, but these are considered “official” sources. Well, like any Wiki, it relies on user provided information so is subject to errors and laziness. Unfortunately, laziness abounds so people from other sites tend to copy verbatim what they find on another site – perpetuating the error(s).
Don’t worry, I didn’t let it slide. I took the time to submit a correction to the primary source and I’m sure it will be updated soon. I’ve done similar things to Wikipedia and Amazon descriptions (regarding George Shiras 3’s book). Have you ever submitted information or corrections to sites like these? Would you?