This morning, I "opened" the local paper to this article. The article then prompted me to write the editor of the Chico ER. Here is what I said:
Subject: Pedal vs. Peddle
This is in response to the following article that covered the Chico Wildflower:
Your staff writer, Sarah Kingsbury, made the embarrassing mistake of using the word "peddle" in every instance that she should have used "pedal."
One does not peddle a bicycle, unless that person is in business to sell bicycles. If a person is on a bicycle, he has his feet on the pedals, and is therefore pedaling.
Edit your news! The Wildflower is Chico's largest event of the year, and this article represents our town. With writing of this caliber, people will think that Chico's journalists do not know how to write.
Perhaps the Chico ER will hire me to cover the Wildflower story next year. I have a journalism degree from a highly acclaimed journalism school, and I can certainly write more compelling cycling stories than this.
Update: The Editor wrote me back.
Yes, you are correct. The writer and copy editor on Sunday have already been reprimanded.
David Little, editor
400 E. Park Ave.
Chico, CA 95928