A VARIETY OF CONTINUING WRITING PROBLEMS
2013: LEARNING NEVER CEASES
The new year begins with a series of errors that I wish would never be made again by the professional writers who report events to a public who read the stories and, often, repeat the errors themselves or who just shake their heads and try to ignore the mistakes.
So, writers, be cognizant of the fact that I will use this forum, as I have for nearly five years, to encourage you to write correctly and to challenge readers to find and correct the errors you make.
Find, explain and correct the errors in the following examples.
“ ‘It was looking really dim for quite awhile,’ Phillips said.”
Dave Battagello, “Parkway’s impact hasn’t lived up to hype, yet”, The Windsor Star, Monday, January 7, 2013.
“And when God talks, Renaud listens. Right down to giving up a beautiful home and career to go on missions to St. Lucia and Haiti, before starting the first incarnation of Saving grace from 1997 to 2002.”
Craig Pearson, Saving Grace to grow”, The Windsor Star, Monday, January 7, 2013.
“After Paquette went missing, a massive search party was formed and her body was discovered in a woodlot east of Courtright at about 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 2.”
Rebecca Wright, “Accused may have shared rape fantasies”, The Windsor Star, Monday, January 7, 2013.
“Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley speaks in Toronto last February. She said on Sunday that new job alerts are part of the government’s plan ‘to better connect Canadians with available jobs in their area’.”
Photo caption, The Canadian Press, The Windsor Star, Monday, January 7, 2013.
The word for today is “incogitant”.
What part of speech is “incogitant”?
Define “incogitant” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.