These headlines jumped out at me because of their odd or erroneous word use. ContinueLike it? Share it!
An astute reader of this blog sent me a link to a report about an alligator named Albert who made a three-hour appearance at a new Midwest restaurant as part of a grand-opening event.
The restaurant owner could be considered short of possessing common sense, not to mention lacking understanding of safety and sanitation codes.
The writer of the article also could be considered short of something — short of possessing what my reader and I consider a mastery of grammar.
Consider this for starters: ContinueLike it? Share it!
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: ContinueLike it? Share it!
But those who make their living as political pundits, journalists or candidate representatives should have a pretty good handle on language and how they phrase their comments.
So why are we tuning in to the political commentary of the day and hearing a bounty of redundancies flying over the airwaves? ContinueLike it? Share it!
“They also say ‘morning hours,’ ‘afternoon hours’ and ‘overnight hours.’ Wouldn’t it be sufficient to simply use morning, afternoon, evening and overnight?”
Because of my ruthless editor’s acute sensitivity to redundancies, my first inclination was to agree. Then I started to pay attention to my local weather reports, and I noticed the same tendency to add “hours” to a time of day or time span.
Is this what meteorologists learn when they train to be television weather forecasters? I wondered. ContinueLike it? Share it!
My list of flawed headlines again has grown. From word misuse such as squash vs. quash and cement vs. concrete; to mismatching a noun, verb and pronoun; to the redundancy lagging behind, this ruthless editor finds multiple grammar lessons.
Today’s rapid news cycle likely is somewhat to blame. “Haste makes waste,” anyone?
Some examples deal with politically charged topics. Please know that they are selected wholly on the basis of form, not content. ContinueLike it? Share it!
I realize spontaneous comments can end up sounding less than perfect, but I’ve been tracking candidates and commentators, and in my usual ruthless editor style, I feel another redundancy rant coming on.
Here’s a guideline I use when deciding if a word is redundant: If you swapped the suspected redundant word for its opposite, would the statement make sense?
1) Kiss Former Member Hit By Drunken Gunfire
You want me to kiss whom? Continue