Howdy, Friday Follies followers! (Say that ten times fast.) The Grammar Cop has corralled several gaffes for you to mull over today. C’mon over to the boo-boo barn and get a load of these wrong words!
- THEWEATHERNETWORK.COM: “On June 17, substantial amounts of rock from the Karrat Fjord plunged into the sea, causing water to raise to at least 90 m (300 ft.) at the coast of the shallow inlet.”
- MONTREALGAZETTE.COM: “…as she mines the tension between digital and traditional media (at one point, performing funeral rights for traditional media – ‘Amen’)…”
- THEHUFFINGTONPOST.COM: “But the shear number of high-profile dismissals and departures in Trump’s orbit so early in his presidency…”
And the corrections:
Oh, just before I give them to you, I’d like to point out a frequent sight I behold regarding such errors on many online media: The day after I spot the mistake, someone’s wised up and corrected it! (Perhaps due to another Grammar Cop pointing it out?) But I’m here to tell you that I have saved all the original errors I see for posterity. Yes indeed, and I am making examples of them here so that you’ll learn not to repeat the same ugliness in your own writing. Just throw money. 😀 Now here we go.
- The word “raise” is not the one you want here. “Raise” is only used as a transitive verb, meaning that it always takes an object. You raise something up. But here, you need rise.
- Funeral “rights”? You only have a “right” to a funeral if you’re dead. Then, the funeral parlour will organize funeral rites for you. Isn’t that right? 😉
- You may shear off a piece of material. You may use shears. Your plane may (I hope not!) experience wind shear. But you do not have a “shear” number of anything! The word needed here is sheer, which in this context means “without qualification or exception: e.g. sheer stupidity; sheer happiness.”*
Thanks for dropping by! Tune in again next Friday for another collection of mistaken muddles. Or muddled mistakes. Yeah, those.