Saturday, August 23, 2008

Nagourney and Zeleney: Grammar Thugs

Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate

Selection Ends Two-Month Search


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who Mr. Obama had defeated in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, had slipped out of contention…

Is pronoun case passé at the NYT? Or do macho Nagourney and Zeleny consider using “whom” too girly for their rockum-sockum copy?

Biden and the Foreign Policy Call

Mr. Gore complimented Bill Clinton and projected an image of a new generation to government.

The word you want is "complemented" as in “completed.” Good lord. That such language baboons get the front-page, above-the-fold perch signals a march to the swamps of illiteracy.

Posted on as a cautionary tale lee drury de cesare

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Elliptical Clause Eludes Friedman

Op-Ed Columnist
Flush With Energy

Published: August 9, 2008 To be sure, Denmark is much smaller than us and was lucky to discover some oil in the North Sea.

“Than us” should be “than we” because “we” is subject of the elliptical clause “we [are].” If the writer thinks “than we” sounds funny, he should finish the clause and write “we are.”

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

La Dowd Messes Up Comma

Op-Ed Columnist

McCain’s Green-Eyed Monster

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Published: August 5, 2008


Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Not since Iago and Othello obsessed on the comely Cassio, not since Richard of Gloucester killed his two nephews, not since Nixon and Johnson glowered at the glittering J.F.K., has there been such an unseemly outpouring of boy envy.

The comma after "J.F.K." cuts the basic sentence in two: "Not since Iago obsessed on the comely Cassio...has there been..."

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