At first it was the little things, like Kindle books you pick up for $2.99. For $2.99, you (and I) can overlook some typos and editing errors. But now terrible editing seeps into everything, even the news. Some things that I’ve seen…
“2% chance of rain” — we Texans value every drop, you know.
Another news station here reports “Ligering showers”. Do you know what a liger is? I do, thanks to my biologist sister. It’s a real thing.
If there are ligering showers, I think we should all be worried. Example:
Not quite as bad, but still worrisome, the prediction of a “Cod front”. I know how weather works. I imagine it would go something like this…
In other news, “Man dies in hand gliding accident.” — This was absolutely posted on a news website. I don’t know whether to feel worse about his death or this headline.
Leslie Cochran, a long time Austin icon, passed away today. One of the news sites says “he ran for for mayor three times”. For for mayor. Way to respectfully remember someone on a news site.
I even received a catalog in the mail that offers a special cheese wheel that “will blow your mind and your friends.” Just like that. Yes. The cheese is that good, people.
I could give you screen shots for these things, but I know you have seen similar items in your daily life. Trust me, each of these examples is real. Look, I’m just pleading with the writers, reporters, and news producers of the world to take a few minutes and read what you’ve written before it goes out to the public. Have our expectations of quality writing dropped that substantially? Am I the only one who notices?
Disclaimer: Any grammatical errors on my part in this blog are probably due to ligering shower distractions.