What does a tick say?

Just skip over the capitalized syndrome, and head right to the verbal ticks in this excerpt from Yahoo! Travel:

verbal ticks

A verbal tick is one of these guys who actually speaks:

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The uncontrollable outbursts of words from those with Tourette’s are verbal tics.

This is a sorry excuse for writing

I’m sorry to say it, but it’s hard to believe that this article from Yahoo! Shine was produced by a professional writer. Heck, it’s hard to believe it was written by a middle school graduate.

There are a few minor problems, like needlessly capitalizing a word. “Sorry” doesn’t get a capital letter unless it’s at the start of a sentence or you’re writing about the board game:

sorry 1

This is a sorry attempt at making a possessive out of women:

sorry 2

(To form the possessive of a plural noun not ending in S, just add an apostrophe and S: women’s, men’s, children’s.)

Things get a little sorrier with an error-filled paragraph, which includes a subject-verb mismatch (the subject study takes the verb has identified):

sorry 3

A “verbal tick” sounds like a talking, bloodsucking arachnid. If the writer meant an idiosyncratic and habitual behavior, that would be a tic. Then there’s the issue of the pronoun they, which has no antecedent. Just who is they? The rest of the sentence is just a mess. If you’re still reading that article at this point, I feel sorry for you.

It was wrong even in the Dark Ages

It looks like the keyboard got away from the editor on Yahoo! Shine and just went crazy with the meningitis:

I wonder if the nervous tick is one that delivers Lyme disease. I thought that since the Dark Ages everyone knew that the nervous twitch is a tic.

Don’t we all know what we’re planning to do? I think it would be better to know if you should plan to spend the entire day over a toilet. I don’t know if there is one warning or multiple warnings, but I know this ain’t right:

I don’t mean to talk down to you, but have you noticed that this writer can’t figure out if it’s Talkdown or TalkDown? Are you annoyed by the fact that she doesn’t know that the correlative conjunction both…and must join two like objects; so, if you write the iPad, you should also write the iPhone:

Now your concerns are that this writer gets paid to write crap, and you’re ticked off:

I am, too.


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