Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
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:
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!