The Offing Offence

Binand Sethumadhavan writes in:

Re ToI’s proofreading practices: Today’s (5/2/09) Hyderabad print edition of ToI has an article on page 16 titled “Google’s latest offing: Mobile tracking system”. Is it that they really didn’t know the difference between “offing” and “offering”?

The question, for me, is not whether they know the difference, but whether they care that there is one. If the editor in charge of that edition is reading this, is he feeling bad because the mistake was made, or because the mistake was caught? That’s the question.