The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

Somebody Needs an Editor

For the love of all that’s holy, ABC!

I am often driven to shouting at the television, usually during a newscast or sporting event that has the scrolling, ticker tape-style headlines. They are notorious hangouts for misspellings and other grammatical screwups. I can sometimes forgive those errors, since I imagine they’re being typed in by some 15-year-old intern chained to a desk and locked in a closet in the basement of network headquarters. (Actually, once the same *&*%$#^ mistake crosses my screen for the umpteenth time, all forgiveness is out the window. I do a lot of shouting at my TV.)

Mistakes in lovely, professionally designed graphics, however, are another matter.

I was watching Good Morning America recently . . . the voiceover had something to do with MAJOR INCREASES in the prices of grocery items. And then I saw this on my screen:

Major increases??


I know budgets are tight—mine is for certain. But even in these cash-strapped days, I don’t think a tenth of a cent qualifies as a major increase . . .

Somebody needs an editor.

Have you seen any cringe-worthy errors out there lately? Send them my way for a regular “Somebody Needs an Editor” feature. And, of course, point out mine when you see ’em! For even more fun grammatical analysis, check out The New York Times blog “After Deadline.” They (and eagle-eyed readers) point out and correct their own screwups. Good on ya, NYT!

5 comments on “Somebody Needs an Editor

  1. WWS
    August 21, 2012

    You need a space after Good Morning America . . . 4th paragraph. 🙂


  2. The Grammar Belle
    August 21, 2012

    Yeah . . . dang WordPress! I gotta work on that. If this art direction career doesn’t work out for you, maybe you have a future as an editor.

  3. The Grammar Belle
    August 21, 2012

    Corrected by adding two spaces there. Something with the italics eats spaces! 🙂

  4. Genevieve
    August 22, 2012

    No. It’s not because I’m now retired and have more time on my hands that I found myself reading a grammar blog. I LOVE grammar and have experienced a most-entertaining few minutes reading The Grammar Belle blog. I especially enjoy The Grammar Belle illustrations. I even called my husband over to take a look, while I try to control my laughter. Did I mention that I am easily amused, in addition to being a grammar “watcher?” A grammar watcher is a lot like a bird watcher — in reverse. Bird watchers note the lovely birds they encounter — grammar watchers note the not-so-lovely grammar they encounter. Alas, I am not a grammarian (is that a word?) and will take constructive criticism, if I have to, I guess. 😉

    • The Grammar Belle
      August 23, 2012

      Glad you’re enjoying my blog, Genevieve! Keep on reading and send your friends. 🙂 And feel free to send any pet peeves or errors you find out there my way. —TGB

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This entry was posted on August 20, 2012 by in Somebody Needs an Editor, When Spellcheck Won't Help.

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