The Beginning

Here is the pilot post for this blog. I found this example on Denver's 9news.com site. The truly funny thing about this article is that the link at the bottom has the phrase correct and the holiday capitalized. Many articles written for 9News are so poorly written that I find it amazing when the intended meaning of the message is still understandable.

I found three obvious errors in the article:
  • The word "tounge" should be "tongue"
  • The phrase "tounge and cheek" should be "tongue-in-cheek" (again, fixing the spelling)
  • Holiday names should always be capitalized, but the author has written "thanksgiving"
Can you find more?


Comments

2 Responses to "The Beginning"

Carlos said... December 1, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Love the blog. Thanks for dropping by mine. I’m going to link you.

Let’s see what else I found in this article.

1. Inappropriate use of quotation marks (“hysteria”).
2. Can the Center for Consumer Freedom really be a fan?
3. Inconsistent usage: “Nutrition information” and “Nutritional information.”

I don’t have my glasses with me right now, so I may have missed one or two. ;-)

Ren said... December 2, 2008 at 7:37 AM

I was bothered by the use of "nutrition information" as well, but didn't think it was entirely wrong, just oddly phrased. But now that you've mentioned it, I'll be bothered by it all day!

About Ren

I have finally become so incensed by poor writing in the media that I've decided to create a blog detailing the errors that I find. Perhaps journalists will think about proofreading their work if they don't want to find themselves on here. If you see any examples, please e-mail them to me at r.tauman [at] gmail.com.

I don't expect the average person to be able to write well, but those who write for the public should at least know what they are doing.