The mandate has not changed: I want everyone to continuously think about speaking and writing correctly, especially those who are paid to do so.
This year, I am particularly going after television and radio newscasters who speak in what I call “headlines”, which really means that they rarely use verbs in composing their reports. This, in turn, means they are teaching their listeners some very bad habits, and I am going to crusade to correct such slipshod work habits. Not everything a newscaster says is a headline; actually only the first line of every story should be in headline format; the rest should consist of properly composed sentences, and if it is not, I am going to draw attention to such an error.
So, newscasters, beware! I am coming after you! Correct English composition is the order of the day! I will accept nothing less!
Make sentences with the following headings taken from the Windsor Star of January 6, 2014:
“House all about family for 125 years”
“Ke$ha in rehab for eating disorder”
MONDAY PUN DAY
Let us start the year with the right tone and attitude. Since school is back in session, we will start with the basics.
“Math teachers have lots of problems.”
“The coffee tasted like mud because it was ground a couple of minutes ago.
The word for today is “slipshod”
What part of speech is “slipshod”?
Define “slipshod” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.