Category Archives: News

Everybody has AIDES

Please don’t take offense at the title. My sister just saw Team America for the first time and has been singing the songs. Everybody Has AIDS is a RENT-inspired show tune that opens the film.

My dad sells hearing aids up in Saugus (Know someone who can’t hear? He’ll hook you up!), and he was recently featured in the Lynn Daily Item. I loved the piece because one line reads, “McCulley scoffs at the idea.” “You scoff!” my sister and I yell at him.

It’s been up in our house for a while, but I hadn’t noticed the egregious grammatical error in the headline until a few days ago:


It’s hearing aids, not hearing aides.
Yikes.
It just amazes me at how many errors there are in headlines. Aren’t those the most vital parts not to mess up? And aren’t there supposed to be at least two editors who check it over?
Weird.
I apologize for the lackluster entries lately (though I am loving the discussion on the prom post). My inflamed ribs are quite painful — I haven’t been able to take a genuine deep breath since last week — and the only way to escape the pain is to stand, walk or lie down — anything but sit. Working all day is bad enough, so I’m trying to minimize my time seated at the computer. I’m getting better, though.
I also have two pieces of news.
First of all, I made the biggest purchase of my life — a new computer. It’s a laptop, and it’s actually my first laptop! I’m a writer and it’s my first laptop! That’s crazy….
Secondly, I just finished one of my first freelance editing projects. I edited the quarterly newsletter for a nonprofit government organization in Washington, D.C. It’s fantastic.

Taliban: Plural

Earlier today, I came across the following headline:

Taliban denies release of 8 S Korean hostages

It didn’t sound right to me. It hit me all at once — isn’t Taliban supposed to be the plural form?

I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up in the AP Stylebook. (Say what you want about the AP — it’s the preferred style for journalism.)

Taliban: Extreme Islamic Movement that ruled Afghanistan until driven out by U.S.-led coalition after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Arabic for religious students, it takes a plural verb. The singular is Talib.

The sentence should read, Taliban deny release of S Korean hostages.

It’s funny, but I swore I saw a headline on CNN.com today that had used Taliban in the singular sense. I just checked it again, and there was nothing.

As of 2007, the Taliban are still a dangerous force in Afghanistan, but I am hopeful that the organization will not last.

Taliban: Plural

Earlier today, I came across the following headline:

Taliban denies release of 8 S Korean hostages

It didn’t sound right to me. It hit me all at once — isn’t Taliban supposed to be the plural form?

I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up in the AP Stylebook. (Say what you want about the AP — it’s the preferred style for journalism.)

Taliban: Extreme Islamic Movement that ruled Afghanistan until driven out by U.S.-led coalition after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Arabic for religious students, it takes a plural verb. The singular is Talib.

The sentence should read, Taliban deny release of S Korean hostages.

It’s funny, but I swore I saw a headline on CNN.com today that had used Taliban in the singular sense. I just checked it again, and there was nothing.

As of 2007, the Taliban are still a dangerous force in Afghanistan, but I am hopeful that the organization will not last.

Metro, NO!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: nobody reads Metro for the intellectual stimulation!

I can think of only three reasons for reading it:

–Commutes are long and/or boring
–It’s free
–Someone physically puts it into your hands each morning. (I love the guy at the Holland Street entrance of the Davis station — he looks like Santa Claus, albeit with tons of tattoos! He’s a bit gruff, but very sweet.)

My commute is about 20-25 minutes on the red line, so I usually read it on my way in (all but the Sports section). I usually find 1-3 errors per day.

This latest error, however, is beyond egregious. It’s in the front page’s biggest headline!

Take a look at the PDF of the front page here. I don’t know yet how to take a picture of my screen (on the computer), so I quite literally took a picture of my screen (with my camera). Archaic, I know.

Check it out:



So, there’s apparently a Socialist out there named Karl Marz.

Yikes.

Thanks, Andy, for pointing this out. Check out his blog.

Metro, NO!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: nobody reads Metro for the intellectual stimulation!

I can think of only three reasons for reading it:

–Commutes are long and/or boring
–It’s free
–Someone physically puts it into your hands each morning. (I love the guy at the Holland Street entrance of the Davis station — he looks like Santa Claus, albeit with tons of tattoos! He’s a bit gruff, but very sweet.)

My commute is about 20-25 minutes on the red line, so I usually read it on my way in (all but the Sports section). I usually find 1-3 errors per day.

This latest error, however, is beyond egregious. It’s in the front page’s biggest headline!

Take a look at the PDF of the front page here. I don’t know yet how to take a picture of my screen (on the computer), so I quite literally took a picture of my screen (with my camera). Archaic, I know.

Check it out:



So, there’s apparently a Socialist out there named Karl Marz.

Yikes.

Thanks, Andy, for pointing this out. Check out his blog.

Dog fighting? Dog-fighting? Dogfighting?

If you’ve been following the news the past few days, you’ve probably heard about Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s ties to a dogfighting ring. Or is it a dog-fighting ring? Or a dog fighting ring?

The first headline that I read regarding this story on cnn.com read as follows: “NFL star indicted over dog fighting.”

That has to be wrong, I thought. It should either be dogfighting or dog-fighting.

But which one?

If we’re talking about roosters, cockfighting is the correct term, not cock-fighting, and certainly not cock fighting.

For that reason alone, it would seem that dogfighting would be the correct term.

However, one could argue that cockfighting is a much more common term, as it’s the most common form of underground animal fighting. Everyone knows what cockfighting is — it creates an image in your mind of a tiny arena in a basement filled with smoke where men scream, swear and throw money down as the animals attack each other. I think it’s debatable that for that reason, the word should be dog-fighting.

After all, what would you say if it were a different animal?

The detectives uncovered a piranhafighting ring behind the market.

It wasn’t just a church basement: it was home to a criminal koalafighting ring.

Because these words are seldom put together, it makes sense to hyphenate them: piranha-fighting, koala-fighting.

It’s up to us to decide whether it should be dog-fighting or dogfighting.

By now, it seems that cnn.com has decided to go with dogfighting. Following that story, two more headlines have appeared: “Court: Vick to answer to dogfighting charges July 26″ and “Dogfighting a booming business, experts say.”

I’m going to side with CNN on this one, and say that dogfighting is the correct term. Because of this, it’s clear that the first headline, which is still on the site, is incongruent with the others and needs to be changed.

So, which term do YOU think is correct?

Dog fighting? Dog-fighting? Dogfighting?

If you’ve been following the news the past few days, you’ve probably heard about Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s ties to a dogfighting ring. Or is it a dog-fighting ring? Or a dog fighting ring?

The first headline that I read regarding this story on cnn.com read as follows: “NFL star indicted over dog fighting.”

That has to be wrong, I thought. It should either be dogfighting or dog-fighting.

But which one?

If we’re talking about roosters, cockfighting is the correct term, not cock-fighting, and certainly not cock fighting.

For that reason alone, it would seem that dogfighting would be the correct term.

However, one could argue that cockfighting is a much more common term, as it’s the most common form of underground animal fighting. Everyone knows what cockfighting is — it creates an image in your mind of a tiny arena in a basement filled with smoke where men scream, swear and throw money down as the animals attack each other. I think it’s debatable that for that reason, the word should be dog-fighting.

After all, what would you say if it were a different animal?

The detectives uncovered a piranhafighting ring behind the market.

It wasn’t just a church basement: it was home to a criminal koalafighting ring.

Because these words are seldom put together, it makes sense to hyphenate them: piranha-fighting, koala-fighting.

It’s up to us to decide whether it should be dog-fighting or dogfighting.

By now, it seems that cnn.com has decided to go with dogfighting. Following that story, two more headlines have appeared: “Court: Vick to answer to dogfighting charges July 26″ and “Dogfighting a booming business, experts say.”

I’m going to side with CNN on this one, and say that dogfighting is the correct term. Because of this, it’s clear that the first headline, which is still on the site, is incongruent with the others and needs to be changed.

So, which term do YOU think is correct?