Category Archives: News

The Academy Awards are coming out, and….

Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday.  If you know me, you know that I go Oscar-crazy every year, trying to see as many nominated movies as possible — I even create weird mathematical formulas that figure out which films have the most overall importance!

Anyway, I digress.  This has to do with grammar, I swear.

Every news outlet has been reporting that three nominations went to Sweeney Todd the Barber of Fleet Street.

Seriously.  Every single news outlet.

Not Sweeney Todd, the Barber of Fleet Street.  Not Sweeney Todd: the Barber of Fleet Street.

Please, please punctuate that correctly!  Defy the powers that be!  Use correct grammar!

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Sex Offender Free on Grammar Error

The man accused of killing a Georgia hiker is also the focus of an investigation in Florida that is probing the disappearance and death of a nurse.

Flaws in a federal sex-offender registration law left a criminal free in Kansas City, Mo.

The faulty law allowed seven-time convicted sex offender Terry L. Rich to be released from custody last month by Senior U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs when Rich’s lawyer brought attention to the defect, The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday.

Whether or not there was a legislative blunder, the wording should be enforced as written, until it is changed by Congress, Sachs said.

Rich, 59, reportedly has yet to be listed in the sex offender registration system required by state law.

Rich’s attorney reportedly argued the law excluded his client because Rich traveled between states in the past and the law only pertained to a sex offender who travels in the present tense.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Nelson asked Sachs to understand that Congress meant for the law to include all sex offenders, the Star reported.

I do NOT consider this a victory for my cause.

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Thanks, Ryan.

Discuss.
Oh, and to my fellow Yanks, have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

One Missing Comma

Current headline on CNN.com:

Surgery for girl with eight limbs is going smoothly doctors say

Just a typo on an online news site?

Or is it representative of a growing laziness in proofreading?

It’s been up there for more than an hour, and nobody has done anything….

Taser — capitalize it!

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida student was Tasered and arrested Monday when he attempted to speak at a forum with U.S. Sen. John Kerry during a question and answer session, university officials said….

….While as many as four police officers tried to remove Meyer from the forum, he yelled for help and asked “What did I do?” Minutes after Meyer started speaking, he was Tasered.

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Until tonight, I did not know that it was necessary to capitalize the word Taser.

(For the record, I only went on Fox News because it’s the only news outlet reporting that Britney is going to lose custody of her kids tomorrow.)

There are so many words that we say all the time and often don’t realize need to be capitalized — like Band-Aids, for example. In fact, there was recently a lawsuit over the use of the term “Flexi-Wings” on feminine products. It turns out it’s trademarked, like many other seemingly innocuous phrases (including GRAMMAR VANDAL).

It turns out that Taser is not merely a type of weapon, as I believed, but a specific trademarked weapon that must be capitalized at all times. I can understand that for a noun, but when it’s being used as a verb, it just looks strange!

As for the content of the story itself, I’m shocked that it had to come to Tasering an unarmed person, and I have the feeling that the whole story isn’t being reported. (It never said that he attacked any of the officers or did anything more than refusing to stop speaking, though it did say he was charged with resisting arrest.) Why couldn’t they have just cuffed him or even slammed him to the ground?

Still evolving!

This reminds me of the episode of Pinky and the Brain when Brain goes on Jeopardy and they keep calling him Brian.

If you begin the article, you’ll realize that the headline, in fact, should read, “Human brain still evolving, scientists say.” There were several scientists in the study!