Making do with what you have

If you make three boneheaded errors at the beginning of a sentence, perhaps you should stop writing and correct your mistakes, rather than continue with the sentence.

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But the writer for Yahoo! News‘ “The Sideshow” has another idea: He’s happy to make do with the limited skills he has. He doesn’t seem to mind that New Haven got shortchanged, that due isn’t what the police made, and that a semicolon isn’t a substitute for a comma.

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5 Responses to “Making do with what you have”

  1. ZZMike Says:

    Not to mention “So, …”.. The professional journalist who penned this column has a link of his very own:

    “By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News ”

    In the last one (a review of the movie “The Hangover”, he gave us this:

    “Warning, there are two spots of foul language in the trailer, so don’t this one in front of your kids.”

    … and …

    “Film student Richard W. Scott edited the footage as part of his college dissertation in order to, in Scott’s words, serve as, “part of an experimental investigation……”

    When in doubt, put a comma in. (I wondered about that one. You usually put a comma before a dialog quote, but I don’t think it should go there (“serve as, “…).

    PS: He was at the helm of the upside-down photo story (but I don;t think he was responsible).

    PPS: From an earlier story: “…contributed to the special and chatted with Yahoo News about …”

    PPPS: This cold be habit-forming…..

    • Laura Says:

      Mr. Pfeiffer is one of the sloppiest writers at Yahoo! “News.” And that’s saying a lot since there’s lots of competition there for that title.

  2. Old Man Says:

    I always thought it was “champing at the bit,” not “chomping.”

    • Laura Says:

      The original expression is “champing at the bit,” but “chomping at the bit,” now more common than the original, is also correct.

  3. ericjbaker Says:

    To quote Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction, “English, mother******! Do you speak it?”


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