Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

AP Stylebook Needs an Update

This is an example:
The dozens of men and woman [living in Cuba and] wanted by the U.S. range from quotidian Medicaid fraud suspects to black militants and Puerto Rican nationalists with major bounties on their heads.
Really, guys? "Quotidian"? I'll bet that a majority of people who read that story didn't know that word and just skipped over it. Which is a fail.

(Quotidian:
1: occurring every day
2 a : belonging to each day : everyday
   b : commonplace, ordinary

5 comments:

Expatriate Owl said...

" I'll bet that a majority of people who read that story didn't know that word and just skipped over it."

No controversy there, but I'll bet that a majority of people who read that story (and, for that matter, any other AP story) accepted it as fact without analyzing what agendas were behind the writing of the story.

AP and other MSM outlets poop on the plate, and a majority of the readers eat it up!

Anonymous said...

The majority of people who read that probably wondered why those fraud suspects weren't just deported back to Quotidia.

Eck! said...

Suppress, obfuscate, ignore....

Likely that can be found on page 2 of said style book. Right after disclaimer notice.

Eck!

Deadstick said...

In a world where a person working overseas is called an "ex-patriot", I'll take an archaic but grammatically correct usage any time...

Charles Pergiel said...

I know that word. Don't think I've ever used it. Now I know what it means, at least for the next 15 minutes. After that it is very liable to return to meaning one of those quota people, which I am sure is a very bad thing.