A recent online news story caught my eye. Although “fentanyl” is spelled correctly in the first paragraph, the spelling in the quote from our Pinal County Sheriff is misspelled. I highly doubt Sheriff Lamb mispronounced it, so I’m thinking the news outlet misspelled it.
Another local news story put out in the universe too soon trying to beat everyone else. It shows the importance of slowing down just a teeny tiny bit to make sure your work product is correct. It looks to me like the first sentence was revised, but “during as” doesn’t make any sense there. Choose one or the other.
More material from “Breaking News” stories from my local news station. When you’re talking about something that is very different from something else, it should be in stark contrast to. They just got that all wrong and it was how the story started.
The pandemic created a special update to the Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. The new words include COVID-19 and social distancing. They also include these related words and definitions:
Self-isolate: to isolate or separate oneself or itself from others.
Physical distancing: the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical space between oneself and other people or of avoiding direct contact with people or objects in public places during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection.
WFH: abbreviation for “working from home.”
PPE: abbreviation for “personal protective equipment.”
Intensivist: a physician who specializes in the care and treatment of patients in intensive care.
New technology words include deepfake: an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said.
An informal pronunciation spelling has turned up in the dictionary as “finna” meaning “fixing to” do something.
And my favorite of the short list I saw is truthiness: a seemingly truthful quality not supported by facts or evidence.
It’s always good to look up words you haven’t seen before or aren’t sure of their meaning in a dictionary. Learn every day. It is so easy with the ability to get dictionary definitions from Merriam-Webster, Oxford, and other reputable dictionaries on a cell phone that it doesn’t make any sense not to understand what a word means so you can use it correctly.
In celebration of my wedding anniversary today, I found this gem on the internet. It was one of many examples of cake decorators who get the instructions wrong or just plain can’t spell or, worse yet, both!
Facebook Marketplace is a plethora of content for Grammar Giggles. Please understand that I am not making fun of people for making mistakes, I’m using those mistakes as a teaching mechanism for proofreading E V E R Y T H I N G! That said, I found this on Facebook Marketplace recently. I understand that the “e” and the “w” are right next to each other on the keyboard, but can we at least look at what we are posting before we actually hit “post”? Or at least edit it afterward if we notice it later?
My daughter found this one on Facebook, but as awful as it is, it is believable. I hope the machine becomes convinced to make milkshakes again soon once the maintains are over, but thanks for the apologists!