Zero scaping? This columnist needs an editor?

Xeriscaping (not zero scaping)

Shortly after posting this morning’s item about Sun-Times Media advertising for journalists who have less than 5 years experience, I received an email from Romenesko reader Garry Jaffe with the subject line, “WHY PAPERS DESPERATELY NEED COPY EDITORS.”

Jaffe sent a link and screen shot from the Southtown Star — a Sun-Times Media newspaper — along with this note:

From Phil Kadner’s column in today’s Daily Southtown Star:

He writes about “zero scaping” instead of [maintaining] lawns in this drought.

It is of course “xeriscaping.”

BUT…. Facebook friend Lori Korleski Richardson writes: “Maybe because I was a home-and-garden editor in a previous life, but I seem to have come across that alternative spelling of xeriscaping more and more often as the years go by.”

Copy editors?

* Lawns face a rocky future in the suburban landscape (Southtown Star)
* Earlier: No copy editors had a hand in decorating this farewell cake (