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Newspaper Death [Apr. 20th, 2009|08:21 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
When I read blogs, I'm more tolerant to grammatical mistakes. But the AP? C'mon:


At his news conference Obama said he didn't think he did much damage to U.S. security or interests by shaking the hand of Chavez, whose country has a defense budget about one-six hundredth the size of the United States, and depends upon it's oil reserves for solvency.

(emphasisze mine)

Seriously, AP editors? Seriously, Steven R. Hurst?

Maybe the newspapers should die.

[User Picture]From: wasdely
2009-04-20 03:53 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of my favorite newsgroup. Apostrophe usage is a great way to instantly suss out someone's intelligence and ignore everything further they have to say.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-04-20 03:58 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful. :)
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[User Picture]From: pne
2009-04-20 05:13 pm (UTC)
apihna! Is that still around? My word.

I used to read it back when I still had time for Usenet.
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[User Picture]From: jope
2009-04-20 03:53 pm (UTC)
There are plenty of valid reasons to call for the death of the newspapers. However... despite its name, there is no printing press directly associated with the AP. They sell their material to any org that will license it, be they old-and-busted newspaper or online-only new-hotness like HuffPost.

Anyway. One spurious apostrophe is pretty benign. If there isn't already one (probably is), there should be a Cake Wrecks analogue for mangled headlines.
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[User Picture]From: jope
2009-04-20 09:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, but I want those headlines in a dedicated feed, that I may sip from the firehose at my leisure. =P
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[User Picture]From: loic
2009-04-20 04:05 pm (UTC)
you mean "emphasis mine"? :-P
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-04-20 04:30 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah. What's the name of that law where any written rant about grammar contains a grammatical mistake itself?

Fortunately I don't write for the AP.

I blame typing on a bus with sun on the screen. :P
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[User Picture]From: waider
2009-04-20 05:52 pm (UTC)
Rule #-6: Every spelling flame will inevitably itself contain a misspelling, usually in the very word being flamed about; every grammar flame will itself contain non-parsable components. You Have Been Warned.
From the net.legends FAQ, although the copy I have floating around on a disk somewhere was a standalone textfile.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2009-04-20 05:00 pm (UTC)
You read Eats,Shoots,Leaves ?
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2009-04-20 05:17 pm (UTC)
It's even documented on your homonyms page:
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-04-20 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hah, yeah.

Oh, btw, you guys broke screened comments in LiveJournal. When I get a screened comment now, I can't directly reply to it when it's screened, thus unscreening it. I have to press unscreen first, then reload the page (defeating the whole AJAX-y nature of it), then click "(Reply)", because you changed the "Reply" link to "Unscreen these". Useless!

Plz to be unbreaking LiveJournal kthx. :)
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2009-04-20 06:17 pm (UTC)
One man's broken is another man's improvement ;)

I posted your feedback for others to see, apparently there are other people who dislike the same changes, but for different reasons.
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2009-04-20 06:13 pm (UTC)
You mean "tolerant of"?

Sometimes you see typos in newspapers, even the NYT (most often two letters reversed in a word, or some obviously extraneous letter).

There's a lot to proof there, they're on a crazy deadline, etc.
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[User Picture]From: lonecellotheory
2009-04-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
On top of that, with budgetary cuts coming on an almost daily basis, editorial departments are being asked to "do more with less" as they would say at the Sun in Season 5 of The Wire. Loading up fewer editors with more material to edit greatly cuts costs without resulting in less content. What it inevitably results in is a greater number of errors and typos. It's easy to chalk it up to stupidity or laziness or ineptitude, but the reality is that it's a matter of limited resources.

Edited at 2009-04-20 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: kindapoetry
2009-04-20 06:24 pm (UTC)
Gah! That particular error is one of my major grammar pet peeves, too. Bleh.
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[User Picture]From: nibot
2009-04-20 06:57 pm (UTC)

further apostrophe-fail

whose country has a defense budget about one-six hundredth the size of the United States'

unless the Venezuelan budget really is physically enormous.
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[User Picture]From: casey
2009-04-20 07:13 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the software I use has bugs in it! Let's kill off that industry too!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-04-20 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I support that.
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