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    The Hegelochus lesson

    More than 2,000 years ago, an actor in Greece botched a line in a play. In an inflection error, he said “weasel” when he meant to say “calm sea.”

    As a result, he was mocked by Sannyrion and then Aristophanes and others.

    He never worked again.

    The lesson might be that one innocent slip and you’re doomed.

    The real lesson might be that in the history of his profession, one in which millions of people have stood up and said billions of words, this is the only time this ever happened.

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