“I killed a 6 ft snake in my yard the other day. Er…I mean 6 inch snake.”
On occasion, I see errors in journalism, like the one above, that I suspect may not be errors.
Rather, they’re designed to exaggerate a story, perhaps to get your attention or to elicit an emotion.
They quickly follow with the correction. They can claim accuracy.
But, hopefully the exaggeration sticks in your memory.