Welcome back, FFers! Try to find the flubs in these booby-prize-winning sentences culled from various media. Shame on them!
- “This administration has always shown a disdain for any pattern and process around hiring and staffing and I think maybe all of that is coming home to roost right now,” said Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a fellow at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution who studies White House turnover patterns.
- “Judge Cicconetti hopes that dolling out these creative sentences will spread awareness about animals that are not receiving the proper treatment.”
- “In this case they were appraised of the weather just before takeoff.”
- The Grammar Cop herself is “showing disdain” here. Aside from the fact that a comma would be greatly appreciated after “staffing” (because who can hold their breath so long without one?) – there is a problem with “who studies.” This follows immediately after the “Brookings Institution,” but an institution is not a person, so we can’t use “who” right after it. (“Who” can refer only to a person.) The writer meant to say that Kathryn Dunn Tenpas studies, not that the Institution studies. (The people at the Institution may well study a lot of stuff, yes, but maybe not specifically “White House turnover patterns,” which is something Kathryn has apparently devoted her life to. 😀) One way to improve this is simply to add a comma after “Institution.” It would then read: …said Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a fellow at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, who studies White House turnover patterns. It’s not a perfect fix, though. Any other suggestions for sentence repair are welcome!
- This sentence had the Grammar Cop imagining all sorts of criminal story-lines featuring Barbie dolls. But then it hit her. (Ouch!) The writer meant doling out, not “dolling out.” Case dismissed!
- Here we have a case of wrongworditis™. Did you spot it? What was meant instead? Right – apprised. (Apprised means to inform. Appraise means assess the value of.) A rap on the knuckles to the culpable writer.
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