Hi, readers! This week’s batch features two from ‘Old Faithful,’ i.e., The Suburban, as well as one from The Washington Post. The Grammar Cop feels that the renowned Post should know better.
- THE SUBURBAN – “The recent death of a Pointe-aux-Trembles woman by a Pit-bull type dog has resurged conversation about…” Ay yi yi! “Resurged”? Please, no. There is a rare usage of “resurge” (although far more often seen as the adjective, resurgent), but only as an intransitive verb. It is a verb that cannot have an object. In this case the writer tried to use it as a transitive verb with “conversation” as its object, but it’s wrong. It’s easily replaced by, say, revived. Also, pit bull is not usually seen with a hyphen (or a capital P). The Grammar Cop seldom dislikes a hyphen, but this is one of those times. For that matter, I would also simplify this by changing “by a Pit-bull type dog” to just: by a pit bull. Everyone knows a pit bull is a dog. Or at least, they should know.
- THE SUBURBAN – “…recall his signature delivery and style laden with neuroses, anxiety and a deep-seeded loathing for all things.” Excuse me? I didn’t know “loathing” grew in a garden. Hmm. Please change to deep-seated loathing. By the way, this grotesque error was in a photo caption. Let’s hope its subject, comic Jeremy Hotz, never sees it. He would inevitably react with “deep-seeded” horror.
- THE WASHINGTON POST – “Super Pac Priorities USA released an add on June 7 attacking Donald Trump…” This was seen online recently in the preamble to an article on Trump. I have seen this gaffe way too many times to count: “add” is NOT short for advertisement. If you must shorten the word, it should be ad. Why would you tack on a second d? The full word has only one, after all. Let’s keep it that way!
If any of you happen to see a boo-boo like these, by all means email it (or them) to the Grammar Cop via my Contact Me page, and I will give you credit for it if I feature it in Friday Follies. Thanks! Have a great week!