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DO’s, DOESN’Ts And DON’Ts, If You Love Grammar – IMRAN™

Posted by imrananwar on June 21, 2017

What a great photo this is that I just had to Share and comment on. I LOVE the photo for its tongue in cheek humor, implied sexuality, obvious voyeurism & exhibitionism and innuendo. Plus, I love the grammar lesson too that so many need. See the bottoms of the shoes.

Now we need a photo that explains the difference between DON’T and DOESN’T which so many people are too oblivious or don’t seem to know. 
Even worse, some blame ‘auto-correct’ when, in fact, if they even type DOESNT without the apostrophe, auto-correct would fix that to DOESN’T.
As I always say, “Artificial Intelligence cannot fix Natural Stupidity!”  Siri can’t fix Lazy, Stupid or UnderEducated. 🙂
The funny thing is how native English speakers would make fun of foreigners or foreign-born people, especially low-income immigrants, for their accents or supposed poor English.
These days it is foreign-born people who still speak proper English compared to the bast majority of my fellow Americans. On top of that, almost every year it is always immigrant minority kids that win major spelling competitions.
I do not see things getting any better for the standards of education, including English, what to say of Maths and Science, with Donald Trump in the White House and his ignorance-embracing mindset and policies that make George W. Bush seem like a genius.
What do you think?
Imran Anwar
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MADitorial: Banking On Bad Headline Writing Skills & Helping Thieves

Posted by imrananwar on July 30, 2008

English is my third language, but even now I recall teachers at St. Paul’s High School in Karachi, Pakistan, teaching us to be careful in stringing words together. One of my favorite songs, Stairway To Heaven says something about how “sometimes words have two meanings”. But, sentence structure can have even more impact.

But, all too often, we see news stories, especially headlines, that can mean the opposite of what the writer intended. And, most often, they are not deliberate puns. I am sure I am guilty of such errors too.

Today’s daily email from the Palm Beach Post in my Inbox is amusing.

It states:


Armored-car worker shot at bank near West Palm

Attempted robbery happened this morning Wachovia Bank on Okeechobee Boulevard.

View map of bank | More crime news


First of all, the way it is written, the text suggests that the armored car worker, an armed guard usually, is the one who shot at the bank building or something related to the bank.

Secondly, the sub-heading does not continue logically from the headline itself. For example, it could have conveyed the same information, but tied to the headline by saying something like this, “Shot by bandits during morning robbery at Okeechobee Wachovia Bank” – even using terse verbiage for space-saving reasons.

But, what I find amusing about this reporting is how conveniently the “More crime news” link is placed right next to “View map of the bank”… the better to help the next set of bank robbers plan their getaway perhaps!

Posted in Bank, Crime, Editorial, Grammar, Guard, MADitorial, Media, Palm Beach, Police, Robbery, School | Leave a Comment »

2 Centences Worth: Obliviously Obvious Headlines: Palm Beach Post

Posted by imrananwar on January 23, 2008

The latest issue of the Palm Beach Post shows how oblivious writers have gotten to their idiotically stating the obvious.

The headline for a story about the mother who accidentally drove over her baby girl makes the brilliant investigative announcement, “Mother who ran over toddler distraught.”

Posted in 2 Centences Worth, Florida, Grammar, Imran, Imran Anwar, Media, Writing | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

 
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