Jay Carney resigned today. (Good riddance, by the way.) The L.A. Times article on Carney’s resignation describes him in this way:
Bespeckled and mild-mannered, Carney is known for a disciplined and rigid style of briefing the press during the daily on-camera back-and-forth at the White House. He generally sticks closely to pre-written talking points, except when interjecting a bit of editorial direction and media criticism aimed at his former reporter colleagues.
Judge for yourself:
Above: the bespectacled, but not particularly bespeckled, Jay Carney
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of “bespeckled” is: “Mark[ed] or cover[ed] with a large number of small spots or patches of color.”
I don’t quite think Carney is spotted, but he does wear glasses. I’m guessing that’s what they meant.
Hey, it’s not like language is their business or anything . . .
P.S. In case they try to quietly correct it, the article is preserved in its original state here.
UPDATE: Yup, they corrected it — without any note. It never happened, do you hear me? Never happened.
In fact, you’re not even seeing this screenshot on your screen:
What did we ever do before the Internet?