PROFESSIONAL WRITERS! WHAT A JOKE!
The apparent lack of correct grammar skills that assails us on a near-daily basis by people who relate the stories and opinions in our local paper is endemic and pathetic. What is worse is that there appears to be no will or effort to improve, and I shake my head in disgust at the the indifference of the perpetrators.
I cannot correct such writing apathy but I can, at least, draw attention to the errors by asking you to read the following examples and to correct them. Then shake your head and prepare for more of the same in the next edition.
“Two other men are still before the courts, charged in relation to the melee. But neither are charged with harming Kugathasan.”
SARAH SACHELI, “Charges dropped in murder case”, The Windsor Star, Friday, November 21, 2014.
You can’t just say we’re cutting your service. Good luck. You can’t just throw a grenade in the room and run. Who’s going to follow each case and ensure our parents and grandparents get the care they need? Who’s going to make sure no one falls through the cracks? Because people could easily fall through the cracks.”
ANNE JARVIS, “Shameful, alarming, boggling”, The Windsor Star, Friday, November 21, 2014.
“On July 7, the asphalt started getting torn off a six-block stretch of Wyandotte Street East.”
DOUG SCHMIDT, “Big gain, little pain”, The Windsor Star, Saturday, November 22, 2014.
“ ‘There are so many things,’ Wildeman said.
‘For example, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. There are so many of the Windsor Symphony players who are at the university right now, working with students.’ ”
CHRIS THOMPSON, “U OF W APPROVES PLANS FOR TUNNEL BAR-B-Q SITE, The Windsor Star, Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
“With about half the total budget going towards room and board for the athletes, a large chunk of savings — almost $500,000 — came from having less athletes attend than originally anticipated.”
DOUG SCHMIDT, “Windsor’s Summer Games was much cheaper than expected”, The Windsor Star, Friday, November 28, 2014.
“But at the current Windsor councillor base pay rate of about $29,000 a year, any eventual pension is hard-earned and a long way’s off.”
DOUG SCHMIDT, “Departing politicians pocket pensions, benefits” The Windsor Star, Monday, December 1, 2014.
The word for today is “apathy”.
What part of speech is “apathy”?
Define “apathy” and use it in a sentence of your ouw creation.