Plenty of perjury

Sergei Dovlatov once remarked: “In Soviet newspapers, only misprints are truthful.” His first example was gavnokomanduyushchiy instead of glavnokomanduyushchiy — “Commander-in-Shit” for “Commander-in-Chief,” roughly speaking.

Dovlatov did not live to witness the spread of spell checkers and autocorrectors. We’re all familiar with the confusion they are capable of sowing but they seldom generate Freudian slips.

Seldom does not mean never, as one of America’s finest legal minds – a Trump campaign lawyer – has just demonstrated.

The filing can be found here, at Democracy Docket.

For more on Dovlatov’s theory of truth-telling typos, see Christopher Carr’s PhD dissertation at Brown (2016), pp. 223-224.

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