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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The End is Nigh

When I find errors like this in an AP story, it truly makes me think that the end of proper English is at hand.

"It's publishing date is just 10 days before the movie opens." (From "Opus Dei Aims to Improve Its Image," a story about the group and the Da Vinci Code. At least the headline is right.)

Does no one care about the difference between its and it's anymore? Rachel Zoll, you should be ashamed, as should the copy editor who reviewed this piece.

And here's another egregious error, also put out there by the AP!

"I first want to make it very clear to people around the world that our's is a nation that believes in tolerance and understanding," Bush said. (From "Rice Accuses Iran, Syria in Muslim Violence," a story about the rioting over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.)

Our's? Seriously? Now, Bush probably doesn't see anything wrong with that sentence, but Terence Hunt should know better.

Yes, everyone makes mistakes. I have made several grammatical and spelling errors in this blog. But professional writers and copy editors have a duty, I believe, to do their best to uphold proper usage and grammar. If we don't do it, what hope is there for the rest of the country?


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