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in a pig's eye

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 14, 2005

The Weekly Standard's Scrapbook wryly notes the following innovation in the pontifical armory.

We missed this at the time, but there was a classic mistranscription in the International Herald Tribune's coverage of Pope John Paul II's funeral last month: "His folded hands intertwined with a rosary, the body of Pope John Paul II was laid out inside the papal palace on Sunday as the balance of power in the Roman Catholic Church began its shift to the unnamed man who will soon replace him. . . . Tucked under his left arm was the silver staff, called the crow's ear, that he had carried in public." As the correction sheepishly noted: We "used an incorrect term to describe the silver staff of Pope John Paul II. It is a crosier."

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  • Posted by: - May. 14, 2005 2:45 PM ET USA

    I rather like "crow's ear". It sounds medieval with an intrigueing story behind it.

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