Friday, August 24, 2007

Save the Grammar!

I'm thinking about starting a new blog called "Grammatically Incorrect" in order to chide professional journalists for posting articles with significant lapses in grammar and punctuation. Blogger mistakes are bad enough, but at least bloggers can claim amatuer status.

Unfortunately, more and more professional journalists are publishing what appears to be little more than a typed up version of notes and story ideas jotted down on the back of a take-out menu.

I read this article posted on Variety's website this evening and found myself so distressed by the lazy writing that I forgot to be distressed about the subject matter. Three sentences starting three consecutive paragraphs left me first scratching my head at the identity of the mysterious "Show" who was being quoted sans first name, and then later asking "where are the editors?" (Or at least, "where are the articles?").

Consider the opening clauses of these three sentences:

"Show took 40 kids, ages 8-15, to a ghost town in the New Mexico..."
"Show was deliberately designed as a kind of..."
"Show's conceit has raised eyebrows and concerns..."

I couldn't help but post a snarky comment about ___ missing articles but Variety apparently reserves ___ right to be choosy about comments; my witty rejoinder seems to be languishing in a purgatory of unpublished comments.

My questions remain. Did the author submit her article by text message? Was she pressed for time or space?

Honestly, I've seen better grammar in the comments over at TMZ.

(P.S. Before you go there and start correcting my own bad grammar, remember, I gave myself a hall pass in my opening paragraph. I'm just a blogger! I do not understand your fancy rules of grammar...)


Blogger Your Pal Pete said...

I'm certainly no one to talk when it comes to who uses English good, but it always drives me batty when professional writers use "penultimate" like it means "the absolute ultimate" instead of "second to last." which I've seen a lot of.

10:05 PM  

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