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Old 11-08-2011, 12:29 AM   #241
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Scottsmen?

You mean Scotsmen, I think?
With a heavy brogue, you can hear three or four t's. Scotsmen it is!

Another one: "whilst". Clearly a shibboleth. Glad we separated from the UK.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:01 AM   #242
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Here's a question--I remember someone being corrected for referring to their ancestors as Scotch instead of Scottish. Difference? I mean besides that one is a person and one is a drink?

And I'm sure you've seen this (maybe here?) but it is still funny!

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Last night Brian Williams said that "Heavy D had a very unique sound..." Wouldn't someone have noticed that in the copy? I thought those national news organizations were on the ball. "Very unique" cannot be acceptable, it just doesn't make logical sense.

Then they had a story saying that Heavy D was dead at 44, but didn't say either how he died, or that no one knows how he died.

And while I'm dissing Brian Williams, count how many times he says "as always" in every broadcast. Usually about four times.
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DW uses "six of one, half dozen of another" several times a week. In a conversation yesterday, she must have used it half dozen times. Other than that, she's perfect.
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Here's a question--I remember someone being corrected for referring to their ancestors as Scotch instead of Scottish. Difference? I mean besides that one is a person and one is a drink?
I believe that the noun scotch means the people of Scotland, and Scottish means someone from Scotland.

I only know that when we lived in Scotland never to use the word scotch except as an adjective with reference to anything other than a person. (scotch beef, scotch whisky etc)
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The one that bugs me is when people use "myself" instead of "me". As in, "If you need more information you can contact John Smith or myself." Seems like I hear it a lot lately, even from folks who you would think would know better.
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Last night Brian Williams said that "Heavy D had a very unique sound..." Wouldn't someone have noticed that in the copy? I thought those national news organizations were on the ball. "Very unique" cannot be acceptable, it just doesn't make logical sense.

Then they had a story saying that Heavy D was dead at 44, but didn't say either how he died, or that no one knows how he died.

And while I'm dissing Brian Williams, count how many times he says "as always" in every broadcast. Usually about four times.
"somewhat unique" "especially unique"...
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The one that bugs me is when people use "myself" instead of "me". As in, "If you need more information you can contact John Smith or myself." Seems like I hear it a lot lately, even from folks who you would think would know better.
That drives myself nuts!
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"somewhat unique" "especially unique"...
Why not go all the way~uniquely unique?
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On the CW channel they had an ad at the bottom of the screen. It read "See Ali McGraw in Love Storey."
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On the CW channel they had an ad at the bottom of the screen. It read "See Ali McGraw in Love Storey."
love on the 5th floor perhaps.
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Me, mysellf and I agree.
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I make typos more and more, or write, for example, "there" instead of "their." But I'd expect a top news organization to be more careful. Here are three sloppy high-school-student-like errors I noticed on the ABC news mobile site within five minutes.

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The habits aren't surprising. It may be surprising that they are related to your immune system, but they are not "surprising habits."

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From the article, I take it they mean "Russia doubts the IAEA..." or "Russians have doubts concerning..."

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She made pink ribbons synonymous with breast cancer awareness, or she made pink ribbons ubiquitous, she didn't make them ubiquitous with breast cancer awareness.
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All of these posts are funny and stimulating. Speaking (or writing) or media errors, I guess it is not an error but newspaper writing drives me crazy. I cannot believe the writers that put 40-45 words in a sentence. It's like they are running out of ink printing commas and periods. I'm not sure there are rules about this but by the time I get half way through the sentence, I've lost the thought. Many times I go back and ask myself, "what are they saying"? Maybe they are saving typing space but this drives me nuts. Sometimes a sentence becomes a paragraph because it's so long. Anyone notice this?
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.........Anyone notice this?
I have noticed this and it seems like it is getting worse every year, though it could be a result of my having more time to read, both on the internet and in print, given my retired state and general drift to becoming a curmudgeon over the last four years of retirement, although that not withstanding, the overall level of journalistic quality has nosedived with the onslaught of Craigslist, free alternative internet sources and the general demise of advertising revenues for print publications.
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All of these posts are funny and stimulating. Speaking (or writing) or media errors, I guess it is not an error but newspaper writing drives me crazy. I cannot believe the writers that put 40-45 words in a sentence. It's like they are running out of ink printing commas and periods. I'm not sure there are rules about this but by the time I get half way through the sentence, I've lost the thought. Many times I go back and ask myself, "what are they saying"? Maybe they are saving typing space but this drives me nuts. Sometimes a sentence becomes a paragraph because it's so long. Anyone notice this?
I notice long sentences more and more lately. I think media staffs have been cut so much that the remaining senior writers don't have time for rewrite or thoughtfully pondering their sentence structure, and the replacements that have been hired are making peanuts and really don't have the writing skills of a T-Al or the time to decide between ubiquitous or synonymous before that article has to be slapped up on the paper's website (my long sentence, like Travelover's above I believe, is on purpose )
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DW uses "six of one, half dozen of another" several times a week. In a conversation yesterday, she must have used it half dozen times. Other than that, she's perfect.
That was a very common expression while I was growing up. Long ago, just for fun, I started saying "half of one, six dozen of the other" and I'm not at all sure that anyone has ever noticed.
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That was a very common expression while I was growing up. Long ago, just for fun, I started saying "half of one, six dozen of the other" and I'm not at all sure that anyone has ever noticed.
A few times I've said "It's not rocket surgery," but I don't think anyone noticed, and if they did, they probably thought I just made a mistake.
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A few times I've said "It's not rocket surgery," but I don't think anyone noticed, and if they did, they probably thought I just made a mistake.
I always use that one, too. Same reaction. People hear what they expect to hear.
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