Basic renters of the Boy Scouts

It’s a basic tenet of writing: Understand the language you’re writing in. If you don’t, you might end up writing about renters in the Boy Scouts (and not principles of the Scouts), just like this “journalist” at Yahoo! News:

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Renter makes surprise appearance in professor’s speech

Professor Jeffrey Sachs was undoubtedly surprised to learn that a renter showed up in his speech at the Buttonwood Gathering:

Thanks to Yahoo! Finance‘s “Tech Ticker” for illustrating a key tenet of writing: Don’t use words you don’t understand. And watch out for stupid typos!

Leasing space in the world’s religions

Leasing space in the world’s religions? Uh, yeah, that’s what this excerpt from Yahoo! Music says:

A key tenet in writing: Use the correct word. Another tenet? Proofread what you’ve written to avoid typos.

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