Embarrassing Errors #10

A Written Error

By Annette Rey

The errors I report are genuine examples of misuse of the English language. When I discuss an error, I do not give the source. I do not mention the name of the television program or the name of the celebrity speaking, etc. The point in exposing these errors is to be educational to writers and lovers of the English language. I do not discuss these errors to further embarrass the sources: producers, celebrities, attorneys, and others.

It is in that vein that I present the next error I found in a military document. It shall remain nameless.

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About Embarrassing Errors

Why They Matter

By Annette Rey

Some of my posts detail grammar and word choice errors that jump out at me from television newscasts, television documentaries, newspaper articles, radio programs, signage, and other sources. Here are some thoughts on the subject.

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Embarrassing Error #9

Local TV News Error

By Annette Rey

Some terms are vernacular, isolated to small communities. Sometimes they are non-standard words and are also called Americanisms. So this one may not be strictly called an error except for the venue in which it appeared. You decide on this one.

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Embarrassing Error #8

Trial and Errors

By Annette Rey

Another one of those errors has raised its head. This one might be a bit excusable.

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Embarrassing Error #7

Television News Ticker Error

By Annette Rey

While watching the news and reading the written news ticker across the bottom of the screen, I lost all interest in the broadcast when I saw an error.

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Collaborate vs. Corroborate

Another Television Error #6

By Annette Rey

These words are more commonly misused than I like to think and have been brought to mind by another example – this is number six – of improper choice of word on a real crime television program. Albeit the incorrect word was chosen by a person being interviewed and not by the programming staff, still I am amazed the staff did not stop taping and did not perfect their broadcast.

Let’s look at these words.

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Embarrassing Errors #5

Yet Another

By Annette Rey

The mother site of this error disturbs me more than the error itself. It is a major broadcasting television channel I have trusted for integrity. I believe the producers, directors, editors, and other staff, produce high quality material.

So, if they predominantly please, why is targeting any error important? Why do I complain and why do these discoveries bother me?

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