Several years ago, I recall learning an English term that described the following sort of error:
- I write (or begin writing) a sentence without error.
- I decide to change something in the sentence.
- I forget to change the rest of the sentence to fit with the changes I made.
For example, let's say I write the following (step 1):
I ate both an apple and a banana.
Then I remember I didn't actually eat a banana, so I erase and a banana (step 2):
I ate both an apple.
But I forget to erase the word both (step 3), so my sentence becomes ungrammatical!
I'd like to be able to refer to this kind of error. Unfortunately, I've forgotten the term I learned, and I've also forgotten exactly where I read it. I'm fairly certain it was somewhere on Usenet, possibly in sci.lang.japan or alt.usage.english. And though I've searched around on Google Groups, I'm afraid I've been unable to find the post in question.
What bits I do remember are so hazy that they're probably useless and unreliable, but I suppose I can add them anyway: I think it was a copy editor who shared the term. And while trying to remember, I had the feeling that it was around eleven letters long and contained the letter 'G'--though I'm afraid these details are likely to be mistaken. (And of course, I would welcome an answer that differs from the term I'm trying to remember, as long as it fits what I've described.)
Anyway, I feel like this would be a pretty useful term to have, even if I end up defining it for people. Is there a usual term for this sort of error?