How did you arrive at that word?

I’m wondering about the Yahoo! Sports editor and her arrival at this wording:

arrival to spo

The phrasal verb is arrive at and the noun phrase is arrival at.

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What did he mean?

When a writer misspells a word (or uses the wrong word), I’m left scratching my head and dusting the dandruff off my keyboard. That’s what I was doing after reading this on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Dr. Saturday”:

cam sports dr sat

What did the writer mean? Is it a misspelling of camouflage? This is camouflage:

camouflage

Or did he really mean Camoflauge, a rapper who was gunned down outside a recording studio when he was 21:

camoflauge

Which do you suppose the writer was referring to?

Eek! It’s the wrong word!

Eek! That’s what comic-strip characters say when they see a mouse. It’s also what I say when I see something like this:

to eek out sports

The word the writer for Yahoo! Sports‘ “Dr. Saturday” should have used is eke. In this context it means “to get with great effort.”

Don’t bother with apostrophes

Things would go much better for the writer for Yahoo! Sports‘ “Dr. Saturday” if she’d just forget she ever heard of the apostrophe. The poor gal has no idea when to use one. Here’s a hint: Do not use an apostrophe to form a plural, like SUVs:

suvs

or players:

suvs 2

The only time an apostrophe is used in a plural is to avoid confusing the reader, such as forming the plural of a single letter. So, the Oakland A’s is okie-dokie, but SUV’s isn’t.

Making hamburger out of Brent Musburger

ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger gets pounded into hamburger meat by the writer Yahoo! Sports‘ “Dr. Saturday,” who takes every opportunity to misspell the name of the article’s subject:

mus 1

mus 2

mus 3

mus 4

mus 5

mus 6

One misspelling might be a typo. More than one, and you just look like an idiot. Really.

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