I wish I could call it a compliment

Yahoo! News is the armpit of online media. That’s not a compliment. It’s just a reaction I had to this made-up word that appears in a very large headline on the site:

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Residents of New Jersey are New Jerseyans or New Jerseyites.

So, OK, the writer made up a word. Is that worse than making up rules for the use of the comma, and randomly sprinkling that punctuation in a sentence?

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Probably not. It’s not worse than this:

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If you’re trying to be sarcastic, you have to be scrupulous in your use of language; otherwise, readers will think your sarcasm is just one more careless or ignorant mistake. This attempt at sarcasm fails because the writer doesn’t know the difference between it’s (for “it is” or “it has”) and the possessive its. If the writer had mentioned that the state is famous for its even-keeled, milquetoast residents, then it might have been seen as an attempt at humor.


3 Responses to “I wish I could call it a compliment”

  1. ericjbaker Says:

    As a resident of New Jerseyea, I am deeply offended by things.

    • Laura Says:

      Certainly you’re not offended by the armpit thing, are you?

      • ericjbaker Says:

        Depends on whose armpit they are talking about. If we are being compared to the armpit of a lovely, well-groomed young celebrity like Jennifer Lawrence, no. On the other hand, if they’re talking that guy in the Newark train station bathroom who hasn’t bathed for a month and likes to pee on people’s feet while they stand at the urinal…

        Wait, I think I get the reference now.

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