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Marilee J. Layman

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06:24 pm: Wording
The local NBC station just said "Breaking News! Tom Brokaw has been in a deadly crash!" And it turns out he's not dead, it's someone in another car.

Now that the WashPost has many fewer copyeditors, the reporters look like illiterates. However, in this article about a man who makes sculptures that fit into the eye of a needle (spiffy pictures), I think it's a braino: "He is wearing a black suit, lavender shirt opened at the color."

I saw an ad on TV last night where some TV company was sponsoring "Avatar: The Movie" and the end of the Avator ad was "Avatar: only in theatres!" I'm sure it'll be out on DVD or On Demand soon enough, but it is a bit weird to say it won't be on the sponsor's product.

I took a DVD to the post office today and noticed that the anti-abortion protesters were missing both times I'd been to the post office this week. They're usually there through the winter. We are scheduled to have snow tomorrow, ice on streets by midnight, and thawing by midday Sunday. Good thing I don't have to go anywhere.

Loki has fur growing where he made raw skin by pulling off the last giant mat. He lets me pet him there now. There haven't been any problems for a few days and I hope that continues.

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Date:December 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
No problems sounds like a really good thing. I'm with you - hope that continues.
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Date:December 9th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
People rely on spell check and don't bother to actually reread what they have written. Spell check is great if you can't spell, like me, but horrible for making sure you are using the correct word in the first place.
I've had this fight with my 11 yr old. She thought I was nuts for asking if she'd proofread her essay. "But Mom, I spell checked it." I found 5 misused words and two sentences that made no sense. BUT everything was spelled correctly. LOL
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Date:December 10th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
LOL Yes, exactly! The average WashPost article is missing at least one small word -- at, to, for, of -- and there are things that were obviously not only not researched, but where the writer didn't ask their neighbor. One article had Obama in a cardigan, when he was wearing a crew neck sweater. And then there are the parts where they obviously edited a sentence but didn't quite get all the original stuff out.
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