Trustee or trusty?

From an AP report on Alabama jails: “He said he is constantly on the lookout for good deals on food, pays two cooks and supplements their work with trusty labor, …”

One would hope the labor would be trusty. Trust means “worthy of trust or belief.” But it’s doubtful that’s what the writer meant. He likely meant to say “trustee,” an inmate who inspires confidence to entrust him with responsibilities, such as kitchen work.

This line was written an AP writer, and editors didn’t catch this error. Just unbelievable.

And these guys call themselves professionals. How is it an international corporation like Associate Press lets something like this get by?

Journalists ain’t what they used to be.

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