The “acception” to the except/accept rule?

Book typos happen. Sometimes, if you look hard enough, you can find that missing period or apostrophe or that lowercase letter that should have been capitalized. Those are, although annoying, understandable.

Recently I picked up a copy of the book Schooled by Anisha Lakhani and found a mistake so awful I have to wonder if the publishing company has children proofreading their material.

The offending sentence is in the middle of the page: “And when did faux mitzvah enter everyone’s vocabulary accept mine?” ACCEPT? Seriously?


The worst part about this one is that the accept/except rule is one of the most BASIC rules of grammar. It fits into the same category as their/there/they’re, its/it’s, to/too/two, etc. How can a book editor overlook something like this? Sheesh.

[Source: Lakhani, Anisha. (2008). Schooled. New York, NY: Hyperion.]

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