I'm reading Private Battles edited by Simon Garfield. It's a compilation of Mass Observation diaries and it's fascinating - the daily lives and mundane struggles of four British people and how they are affected by the war that makes life difficult, whether from shortages of paper to dropping bombs on them.
However there are proof reading errors. One entry, Wednesday 26 February 1942, is by Pam Ashford, a secretary in a shipping company in Glasgow. Pam is an intelligent, decent woman who lives with her mother.
Her mother goes shopping with the ration book at her usual shop, Macleans, and they overcharge her on points.
"Mother is well treated at Macleans - firewood, matches, oranges, jellies, chocolate biscuits and the like, and they often send the parcel round for her - but nevertheless this is the second time there has been something wanky about the points."
So not what a respectable woman like Pam Ashford would have said. They meant "wonky" of course.