I have one thing to say about the about the about the on Yahoo! Celebrity: Proofread!
I admit it: Sometimes I’m just really nitpicky. I read a sentence like this one on Yahoo! Makers and say (sometimes out loud): What the heck does the writer mean?
Is she saying that sitting down at a dinner table (as opposed to preparing that dinner) requires no thought, but a “picnic situation” (which I presume is different from a picnic) requires thought and planning? I don’t get the comparison. I also don’t get why logisics and differnt passed through the spell-checker unchecked. Oh, yeah, I forgot: Yahoo! writers don’t use spell-checkers. They also don’t believe in proofreading for missing words. But I quibble.
And and I don’t understand how a writer can misspell separately, since separate appears on every list of the 100 most commonly misspelled words. Shouldn’t a professional writer know that?
Is it nitpicky to expect that a writer would know that picnicing, if it were a real word, would be pronounced pick-nice-ing?
In order to maintain the hard C sound at the end of picnic, the writer should have added a K: picnicking. But I pick nits.
Some writers latch onto a word and never let it go — even when it’s wrong. That’s the case with the Yahoo! Style writer responsible for this sentence:
I’m not referring to achieve, which is obviously incorrect. It’s probably just a typo. The writer’s fingers slipped and he accidentally typed achieve when he meant to type closet. It could happen to anyone. I’m referring to the incorrect preposition to in what should be arrived at. The writer just won’t let that one go. That looks like the one he made in my previous post. At least in that photo caption he didn’t throw in an extraneous word.
Some things are worth repeating. Other things are best said only once. In this excerpt from Yahoo! Style, the writer felt it necessary to repeat the year (or she simply doesn’t proofread her own writing):
That was unnecessary. What is necessary, however, is capitalizing Congress when referring to the federal legislative body of the United States.