WHY IS THIS ERROR SO RAMPANT?
Whenever I watch television newscasts I am appalled by the constant and blatant abuse of the rules of English construction in the stories that are presented. I do not think there is a station in the Windsor area, and this includes the Detroit stations, that doesn’t have readers, or reporters, delivering entire stories in “headline format”, a term I use to indicate sentences being constructed without verbs; in effect, the listener is subjected to a constant barrage of incomplete thoughts. This style is endemic in the industry; even the vaunted CBC uses it continuously and excessively; and it is grating and insulting and teaches the listener that proper construction is no longer required.
Here are three examples I heard within the last half hour on the CBC show CBC News Now with Suhana Meharchand :
“That report by Amanda Laine” by Suhana Meharchand;
“And not a realistic solution, what are some of the…” by Meharchand’
“And a calm day in Prince Edward Island with plenty of sunshine…” by the weather person.
Where are the verbs? Where are the complete thoughts?
I think the CBC could have better standards of presentation of their stories and I think they are doing us a disservice by using our language in such a cavalier and obviously incorrect fashion.
I am embarking on another crusade and it will target examples of this mistake. I will present some more examples tomorrow.
DOES ANYBODY EVER EDIT THIS STUFF?
This is a stupid error but it represents the carelessness of writers and editors in preparing their stories; so find, identify and fix the error.
“Among the questions that Symantec wanted to answer with the study was how persistent people would be in poking around a found phone. The answer was very.”
Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press, “Odds slim of getting a lost phone back”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
The word for today is “fatuous”.
What part of speech is “fatuous”?
Define “fatuous” and use it in a sentence.
BONUS: Win a GOLD STAR for relating “fatuous” to the opinion presented above.