NEW YEAR – SAME OLD MISTAKES!
All of the mistakes cited below are from last year’s newspapers because I may have shut down the blog for two weeks but I did not stop reading with a critical eye.
My hope is that the new year will bring a new eagerness among all professional writers to write correctly.
My resolution is to be even more diligent in pursuing and exposing poor and incorrect writing and speaking by all media personnel.
Have a great new year. I know I will.
Identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“This week, most of us have been in a state of high anxiety. Last minute presents, securing special ingredients for family recipes, getting ready for a houseful of guests or making hurried arrangements to travel out of town.”
Lead Editorial, “Christmas spirit”, The Windsor Star, Saturday, December 24, 2011.
“The litany of issues involving the Windsor Police Service have raised some very serious questions about governance – or the lack thereof – at the highest levels within the force.”
Lead editorial, “Police service”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, December 22, 2011.
“A collection of medical journals have highlighted the growing problem, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released a report last month calling the number of opioid-related deaths at ‘epidemic levels,’ noting that more people die from opiates than from heroine and cocaine combined.”
Craig Pearson, “USE FEWER PAINKILLERS, CRITICS URGE”, The Windsor Star, Saturday, December 31, 2011.
The word for today is “doggerel”.
What part of speech is “doggerel”?
Define “doggerel”. Be sure to take your definition into the connotation of the word.
Create a sentence that demonstrates the meaning of the word “doggerel”.