What happened to professional journalists? In the olden days, journalists were taught how to speak with proper grammar and use proper English. It seems those days are long gone. It's one thing for advertising to mangle the language but a completely different matter when one is getting paid (especially those that get paid LARGE sums) to communicate.

Just a few of fairly recent 'flubs':
CNN 1/3/09 10:22AM "both sides they are"
NBC 1/14/09 6:34 "a big hunk of cold air has broken off"
NBC 1/14/09 6:36 "on the day"
ABC 1/16/09 6:30 [People are arriving] "for the inaugrual."

The advertising world long ago abandoned the proper use of nouns and adjectives. For example, take any hand soap "with antibacterial"... antibacterial what they don't say.

What are your [least] favorites?

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Comment by Paul Dube on June 2, 2012 at 11:02am

Ah, but the sun heats the vapor and it rises, not "burns off". :)

I am married... I never have a "day off". :-D

Comment by Vincent Wright on June 2, 2012 at 9:51am

Paul,

I was with you completely - UNTIL - this one: "Meteorologists have even abandoned using proper meteorology terms - eg. they even say "the fog will burn off" rather than the correct "the fog will lift"."

 

I'm comfortable with meteorologists using BOTH the phrase "the fog will burn off" AND "the fog will lift".

 

The sun's performance may cause the former and wind's performance may cause the latter. (But, I'm no meteorologist! lol)

 

Either way: I hope you'll join me in taking the rest of Saturday OFF! lol

Comment by Paul Dube on June 2, 2012 at 7:01am

Everyone on ABC news in NY/NJ (we don't have a NJ only channel & only 1 radio station) appears to have completely given up on using proper grammar. Meteorologists have even abandoned using proper meteorology terms - eg. they even say "the fog will burn off" rather than the correct "the fog will lift".

Nouns as verbs, adjectives as nouns (soap "with antibacterial" - antibacterial what?). American English is like driving in NJ... there are no rules (unless the courts need revenue).

Comment by Vincent Wright on June 1, 2012 at 10:35pm

I've been noticing this on CNN - A LOT...

Comment by Paul Dube on April 7, 2010 at 7:55pm
Oy! I made a gramatical mistake on that comment.
Comment by Paul Dube on April 7, 2010 at 7:53pm
I once sent Peter Jennings a message asking when he planned on retiring so I knew the remaining useful life of my television. Sorry to say he never made it to retirement. However, even he succumbed to the "went missing" and using present tense for past events.

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