Hi all! I cannot properly quantify the bloopers found by the Grammar Cop this week; you’ll see why. I’d also like to note that this week’s media haul is entirely SUBURBAN-free! But that’s because I didn’t have a chance to read it yet. 😉
Here’s what I did find:
- AD in the FREE PRESS (another small weekly): “NEW IN YOUR NEIGBOURHOOD …” It was actually hard to reproduce this mistake here, since my software wanted to put the missing H in after the G!
- MONEY.CNN.COM: “A big theme for the day was Apple loosening the reigns on its favorite tools…” No. It’s not “reigns.” (Nor is it “rains.”) It’s: reins. But kudos to them for at least using its correctly. Unlike their very next sentence: “After five-years, its finally opening up Siri to developers…” Of course that should be it’s finally… – as it’s is short for it is. Also, and this is a really dumb thing – what the heck is that hyphen doing there between five and years? Answer: nothing!
- UBERCELEB.COM: Okay, I agree this is a sub-par web site. But look and weep – weep for joy that your English isn’t this bad. I’m going to quote at length: “In 2006, singer and actress Brandy Norwood was driving home in her Ranger Rover when…” It’s a brand-new car model, people! Not to be confused with the Range Rover. And then: “Christian Brando first-degree” That is a heading. First-degree what, it doesn’t say. It goes on: “In 1990, actor Christian Brando, son of Marlon Brando, was charged with first-degree for taking the life…” Again, the crime is missing. The piece goes on to commit two errors with prepositions: “He was sentenced for ten years” and “due to complications with pneumonia.” Of course, one is sentenced to however many years, and it should say complications from whatever disease.
I am going to have a nap from my couch now. 🙂