A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Sports Edition

The book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss is a fine, fine little read. The title refers to a poorly punctuated wildlife manual that implies that the Panda is a dangerous dinner companion, as it is likely to shoot you and then leave after completing its meal. Truss' book argues that today's soceity treats punctuation indifferently at best and to its detriment.

In that spirit, I offer the following passages from recent online reporting on sporting events. It's enough to make one wonder if you actually have to know how to write to be a reporter these days. My commentary is in green.

There are more, oh so many more, but those five were easy to find. Feel free to pass along any other examples of rich, nugety incorrect prose. As much as I bemoan the snarkiness of today's world, really bad grammar is always worth ridiculing.

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Here's a fresh one:

[King Fahd's] death Monday came as the Saudi government pursues an aggressive clampdown on Islamic terrorism and unprecedented reforms.

Saudi Arabia was clamping down on both Islamic terrorism and unprecedented reforms?
Knowing the Saudis, it wouldn't surprise me a bit.
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