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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Criminal Sentence 622: Wrong Team

From today's paper:

"Our neighborhood is teaming with kids still in the single-digit ages."

Yikes! That would be "teeming"!

Kids are on a baseball team, but many kids teem.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Criminal Sentence 621: Due for a Spell Check

From something I'm editing:

"It was difficult living with a dog in the apartment, but we made due."

Uh-oh. That would be "made do."

Monday, March 5, 2012

Poll Results 170

Here was the question:

Is this sentence correct? "Jet fuel poured down the surface of Turn 3 at Daytona International Speedway, creating a fiery lasting image of NASCAR's biggest race of the year."

18 (36%)
32 (64%)

I agree with 64%. The order of the adjectives seemed odd to me. I would have said, "...creating a lasting fiery image..."

The image was fiery, and the fiery image was lasting.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Criminal Sentence 620: On the Mat

From something I'm editing:

"We stopped at the local laundry mat."

Just had to laugh there.