It’s official: That’s the wrong word

Using the wrong word isn’t all that unusual on Yahoo! Shine. Sometimes the writer uses a verb (like, oh, say, maybe officiate), when a noun is called for (I’m thinkin’ something like officiant):

officiate

An officiant officiates at a religious or other ceremony, such as a wedding.

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3 Responses to “It’s official: That’s the wrong word”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    I can’t see the rest of the sentence, but could they mean “officiate” as in “act as an officiant”?

  2. Laura Says:

    The full sentence is: But the Sheraton is the first to offer a mermaid officiate as an added bonus.

    I guess there could be a word missing in that sentence: … the first to offer a mermaid [to] officiate as an added bonus.

    And I love redundant “added bonus,” since a bonus is something that is added.

  3. searchermike Says:

    Would “official” work? (Probably not.) My suggestion to the worthy writers would be: if you’re not sure about it, write it another way (“… the first to let you get hitched by a mermaid.”).

    PS: Are things getting any better over there now that somebody bought Yahoo!? (If I had bought it, the first thing I’d do is drop that silly “!”.)


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