The apostrophe is a little squiggle which is often used incorrectly, with wild abandon, in the most inappropriate ways. I'd like to save it, to be an evangelist, and show people how to use it. Join with me on my apostrophe journey which has spanned many years, and hopefully will span many more to come! Teena Hughes

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Funny tidbit :: Chinese influence?

Also read about this in a local newspaper:

wonton damage done to council property has had a demoralising effect on the community.

Hmmm - I'm pretty sure they meant to write wanton damage, which means "hard to control, malicious", rather than wonton damage, which means "yummy in soup", haha

Funny tidbit :: Affluent?

Just read this in my newspaper, and had to laugh:

"Entry level position to suit school leaver. Must be energetic, well presented and affluent in English."
hahahaha - I love the creativity!

The word they meant to use is fluent.

Friday, April 07, 2006

SoapBox :: Journalists have a duty to proofread ... don't they?

I don't know about you, but I have great concerns over journalists who don't know how to proofread their own articles before publishing.

Or maybe they do proofread, but don't see the errors; and then continue to make the same errors over and over and over ...

It was a sad sad day when organisations, newspaper offices and many other businesses decided to remove the Proofreading person from the payroll. These days I see enough typos and grammatical errors to make my hair curl, and that's online and offline, in professional documents, magazines and newspapers - it's not just the fruit and veggie shop who makes common errors any more.

So what do we do? What do you do? If you see a website with typos, do you let them know?

I've just finished reading a local glossy magazine, and one particular journalist obviously never had English lessons, as the articles are filled with many basic spelling and grammatical errors.

I could ignore it.

Or I could do something about it.

I've decided on the latter - I'm going to write to the magazine and offer my proofreading services, stressing that their journalists must be under tight deadlines and much pressure, and my service could benefit the community at large. Let's get it right in the press, then adults and children will get used to seeing correct spelling, grammar and punctuation, and learn by example.

If we continue the way we're going, I fear we are raising generations of kids who won't know and won't care how to spell anything much at all.

Stepping off the soapbox ... :o)

At least until another day,
Ciao for now,