Found: examples of errors that bring shame to the college journalist-perpetrators.
Pause. A few days ago, I watched a lecture (now, now — don’t reject the possibility that a lecture could be informative, inspirational, or helpful in some way!). It was one of the TED Talks series, which I check out every now & then. I’ve heard Brené Brown before and have found her to be a fine communicator in terms of both style and substance. This lecture is on shame, and the kind of shame she deals with is far more significant than journalists’ shame. I wanted to say this up front. Now, back to our scheduled examples. . . .
All the examples below were found, without really trying, in the same edition of a student newspaper. Most of the names are omitted, but I’m not sure why. I mean, a newspaper is pretty public, just like this blog. When I make errors, I eat crow, so why shouldn’t they? J
Here’s the first example:
I know — editors don’t claim proofreading as part of their job description. But in college, at least, they should. While the baseball team’s effort might have been brilliant, the proofreader’s wasn’t. (If you missed it, read that first line over again.) Next, we move to football. . . .
Nope. An editor, or at least someone who knows basic sports terminology, should have altered that headline. The Super Bowl was a rout/pounding/killing/utter defeat, but it wasn’t a shutout. And now, a more esoteric quasi-error.
I suppose that one falls more in the category of examples of poor construction than outright errors. For all they know, most is lost, except for what they referring to, but still, it would have been better to say, “not all is lost.”
Um, yeah. What he said.
Incidentally, and not un-ironically, I doubt that either the speaker or the journalist knows that “err” is pronounced so as to rhyme with “fur” (not with “dare”).
More unimportant, mildly amusing mistakes to come. Or not.