PROPER PUNCTUATION & STRUCTURE – WHO CARES?
In all the years that I have been writing this grammar blog, I have never taken a political position nor challenged what a writer has had to say; my sole concern has always been that he or she write correctly. I bristle at the incursion and intrusion of street jargon, “headline construction” and “twitter talk” into newspaper stories, television newscast or opinion pieces because they all degrade the language and teach writing slovenliness. I will never, ever accept the lazy excuse, “You know what I mean,” regarding something that is incorrectly written or spoken, especially by those who are paid to write or broadcast news stories and opinions; poor writing is simply unacceptable.
Now, find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces of professional writing.
“Later Millson changed his mind and said Senator David Croll was his political hero — after the other two did first. Dilkens because Croll was an extremely successful mayor during the Depression, comparable to today’s tough times; Horwitz because Croll was Canada’s first Jewish mayor and later Senator, although Horwitz wisely didn’t draw attention to the faith, just that he knows and admires the Croll family and legacy.”
Chris Vander Doelen, “Mayoral hopefuls hold line”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, October 9, 2014.
“For example, what leads a person with no elected political experience to assume that they are capable of managing the complex job of mayor?”
Lloyd Brown-John, “Get serious if you want to be mayor’, The Windsor Star, Thursday, October 9, 2014.
The word for today is “insufferable”.
What part of speech is “insufferable”?
Define “insufferable” and use it in a sentence that you create.
CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS
Corrections and explanations for this week’s entries will be posted some time tomorrow.