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EPIC MISSPELLING and the WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE

The words "reign" and "rein" are tough, as demonstrated so capably in this headline: Welker, and mute button, reign in Donald Trump The White House correspondent helped give Americans the substantive, crackling debate over leadership that had been missing so far...

When you write this way…

PoliticsThe IndependentJoe Biden has answered half as many questions from the media as Trump has, report findsSince 31 August, Mr Biden has answered 365 question compared to the 753 answered by the president... ...you lose credibility. Don't see it? It's an...

OWN YOUR PRONOUNS!

Wow, the level of writing nowadays leaves a lot to be desired. Quite a bit of the degradation of American English can be traced back to a surprising source: the LGBTQ+ community. Its insistence on just shanghaiing words that mean one thing and forcing those words to...

ABSURD Gender-Neutral Nouns!

Is this stupid or what? Look at this headline. How many fathers do you know who breastfeed? I saw another headline the other day about "patients who menstruate." How many men do you know who menstruate? This has gone too far. LifestyleSheKnows No, QAnon, Parents Who...

NEWS FLASH: CNN hits new lows!

NEWS FLASH: CNN hits new lows! Dateline: Sarasota, Florida! Just when you think it can't get any worse at CNN, why, they grab a shovel and just keep digging! This person plainly doesn't know the rudiments of American English. It's often been said that President...

Read this if you're an ACC fan!

Classic ACC Basketball! Tech versus the Trojans, circa 1990! Travis! James! Jon! This is can’t miss basketball! I didn’t miss a home game, from Travis until Stephon. I remember this time so vividly: My first love was a Tech man. When he came into my house for the very...

Yooohooo, CNN!

You might wonder—I do—why CNN doesn't make it easy peasy for alert readers to notify CNN about, well, you know, typos and misspellings, especially when a typo or misspelling is EPIC, like this: Multiple agencies, including the Cowlitz County Sheriff, Cowlitz County...

Embarrassing Mistakes on MSNBC.com!

Right now, these are headlines on the "Best of MSNBC" homepage: Sondland's testimony again under scrutiny over newly-revealed call with Trump House Dems hone in on bribery as possible impeachment charge Streissand, Reiner, King, Belafonte congratulate Chris on 20...

What the hell, CNN?

Have you all at CNN lost your ever-loving minds? What the hell does this headline mean, anyway: Baseball team denies an executive taunted women reporters during their World Series berth celebration I mean, seriously. What does "their" refer to? "Team" is a singular...

Epic Misspelling!

It's good for a laugh...but not much else. As seen on CNN.com today. Paid Content Answering 90% of wesbite support queries with contentgo.optimalworkshop.com

Own your pronouns.

As an editor, you edit a manuscript once. Then you go back and read it again. Things you missed the first time now become obvious. It's sort of like weeding a garden. Here's something I missed the first (and second, and third) time around. Everyone was carrying extra...

Wassup at CNN??

To quote Lt. Ripley, "Have IQs suddenly dropped since I've been gone?" I love CNN; shoot, I read the site multiple times a day, but the editorial quality there has taken a nose-dive that is unacceptable at one of the world's premier news sources. Why, just this...

Who is minding the store at Forbes.com?

Answer: No one. Take a look! See some seriously sloppy editing. Mistakes all over the place. At Forbes! Forbes! Many successful people attribute at least part of their success to having a mentor. The right mentor can provide advice and connections that help their...

Killer Biography!

Do you enjoy reading biography? Then run, don't walk, to abebooks.com and pick up a copy of Madame An Intimate Biography of Helena Rubinstein, by Patrick O'Higgins. The story is terrific, but the writing...my dears, the writing is outstanding. Out. Standing. The first...

Compliments of CNN.com: How NOT TO use commas!

Ah, the joys of reading CNN.com. I appreciate CNN. I do. But, a lot of the time, its punctuation leaves something to be desired. Or, in the case below, its punctuation left something out. Here's the sentence: The princess is a well-known international figure, being...

A writers group that can't write

It's not particularly funny when you arrive at the website of a so-called "association" of writers and find beaucoup mistakes. It just isn't. Here are a couple of easy-to-spot mistakes on one group's introductory, thanks-for-joining email. The Florida Writer’s...

The Perils of Outsourcing Your Writing

Every community has its spelling vagaries. Here in Sarasota, we have two community "secrets" that, if you don't know them, will immediately expose you to laughter and ridicule. The first is that Michael Saunders is a woman. There's that old story that goes around...

Never edit an editor.

Listen, when someone proclaims that he or she is an "editor" of any stripe, give that person a little credit. No matter what, we give you carefully considered writing. Let me put it another way: If you find a mistake in my writing and tell me, you are my new best...

Discouraging Writing

It really is discouraging to read writing like the three examples below. I'm just going to paste and comment. Members of the organization that have attended these conferences in the past know what a great learning experience the writer gets from attending. I just cut...

Worst bio ever!

As the kids say, OMG. I've seen a lot of jaw-droppingly bad writing coming out of WordPress WordCamps. A. Lot. But this, this takes the cake. Just cast your eyes over this amazingly, appallingly bad bio from the Miami WordCamp site. I'm not sure if it's a joke, but I...

Lordy, don't you love it when…

Man, I just love it when I get an invite to connect through LinkedIn and (since my mamma didn't raise no dummy) I go to that person's profile and find that this invite is a thinly veiled come-on to buy something. It's just too fun when that happens, and it puts me in...

Funny Franchisors, Part II

I met some very nice people at the Franchise Expo, sincere people who are sincerely committed to their concept and sincerely convinced that it'll make them (and you!) a million bucks or more. A lot of these sincere people have very snazzy, big-bucks websites (as...

The Number One Rule of Good Writing

As an editor, people ask me all the time about the number one rule of good writing. That’s easy. It’s so easy, in fact, that it’s the very same rule for the millions of striving attorneys as it is for the lonely (but optimistic!) Zamboni repair service. No, it’s not...

Funny Franchisors

Welllll, when I say "funny," I really mean the opposite. There was nothing funny about the writing I observed at this weekend's Franchise Expo in Ft. Lauderdale. I suppose it was a good thing, since it proves my point—as if I needed any proof!—that business people...

LinkedIn "Learning" stinks!

LinkedIn "Learning" stinks. LinkedIn "Learning," at least as far as American English goes, is jaw-droppingly horrible. I think I already said that—somewhere, sometime, and if I didn't, I meant to!—but I continue to get emails from LinkedIn, and those emails continue...

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