Tuesday, September 1, 2009

There's some fishy stuff going on in this NYT article...


Sometimes even the best publications manage to publish screwy grammar, and PETER found one such example of this. He says: As I've no doubt mentioned before, I think extra points should be awarded for spotting errors in places we don't often find them. What an unseemly place for a noun and verb to have a public disagreement: a New York Times editorial on Friday, Aug 28.

I'm also curious about one other issue in this article. I always thought "sea life" was two words. The dictionary doesn't list sea-life or sealife as valid words, and if you Google sea-life, it brings up pages and pages of stuff about sea life (unhyphenated). Yet the NYT threw a hyphen in that term. Now, from the placement of the word, I can't tell if they meant to write sealife, but the line break made them need to use a hyphen, or if they intended to actually write it as sea-life, but either way, it's...well, at the very least, an uncommon way of writing it, if not an outright wrong way. What do you think?

Thanks, PETER, for sending in this article!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's fairly obvious that this isn't an article. It's either an opinion piece or a letter to the editor. If it is, in fact, a letter to the editor, the editors might have noted the mistakes with "sic", but it would not be normal for those mistakes to be corrected.

Sure, the NYT can make its own mistakes, but it's not clear that this is a case wherein they did.

LadyStyx said...

Those are my most favorite places to find errors, the uncommon places. So unexpected that it's a treat to find them.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Anonymous: I'd think if this was a letter to the editor, they'd have used [sic] in the appropriate places. Since they did not, I'm still thinking that this could very well be an article.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: Agreed! Case in point: last week someone sent me two errors from one of my favorite blogs (Go Fug Yourself)--they hardly EVER make any errors, so seeing two in one week was highly unusual (and kind of exciting in a totally nerdy way).