Headlines provide never-ending examples of incorrect grammar, whether in word choice, word order or punctuation.
Reminder: I define grammar as the words we choose, how we string them together, and how we use punctuation to give them meaning.
News stories and their headlines should be examples of excellent writing. They also should conform to Standard English, defined as the way educated people write and speak. Writing in haste is no excuse for careless errors. Continue →
When this headline written by a member of one of my LinkedIn groups hit my inbox, I did a double take: Is you Networking, Notworking?
Although it’s catchy, I clicked on the link to see if the errors — you instead of your, no capital Y, and a comma where none is needed — were intentional as a means to attract attention or whether they truly were oversights.
When I read further, I decided they had to be oversights, as these faux pas were only the beginning. Continue →
Headlines, along with photos or graphics, catch your attention and draw you into a story.
An error in a headline is much more apt to be seen than an error within the story. I’ve always considered a headline error and a misspelled name the two most egregious mistakes a writer/editor can make — and this Ruthless Editor has made her share.
But errors provide grammar lessons, so when I read something that hits me wrong, I stop to copy/paste it into a Word document for future blog material.
Headlines that avoid common errors also catch my attention. Here’s my latest batch from online news and blogs: Continue →