Grandma\’s Tales

December 31, 2006

Grammar – 22 Errors never end!

Filed under: Language — Rajesh @ 11:29 pm

Incredibly, I found this on the BBC web site: One in four smokers use roll-ups. Do you see the error here?

What about this sentence? “I should say that his losses would be around Rs five crore a year,” said a top cricket writer who have been following the fortunes of Sidhu as member of parliament closely. Rediff.com

This one is from msnbc: It might be said that editorial interpretations of aggregate data is in itself an indication of the spirit of the time. Because “is” has been chosen, the “itself” that follows is also wrong. The question here is: What are indications of the spirit of the time?
Want to recast this sentence?

II. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but this habit seems to persist. Please remember, pictures are “hung”, people are “hanged”. Don’t you think that difference needs to be there? Read this:
For that matter, it’s amazing to think that the last thing Saddam learned was how to be hung.

Sigh! Guess I’m killing your reading pleasure! Is ignorance bliss?

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4 Comments »

  1. “It might be said that editorial interpretations of aggregate data is in itself an indication of the spirit of the time. Because “is” has been chosen, the “itself” that follows is also wrong. The question here is: What are indications of the spirit of the time? Want to recast this sentence?”

    How is this-

    It might be said that editorial interpretations of aggregate data *are* in *themselves* an indication of the spirit of the time.

    Comment by Rashmi — January 2, 2007 @ 7:54 am | Reply

  2. Hi Rashmi,
    You are now an absolute expert! Why don’t you rustle up a few questions? You don’t have to look far. Just pick them from the newspapers 🙂

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — January 2, 2007 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  3. Even worse, in American slang, the comment about Saddam seems to indicate that at the moment of his hanging he finally discovered how to be well-endowed.

    Comment by davidbdale — January 6, 2007 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  4. True, David! Thanks for pointing that out. This should be a lesson to all those who think it’s ok to write sloppily.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — January 6, 2007 @ 6:08 pm | Reply


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