Not Your Gramma's Grammar

Brenda Lester alphatwin2002 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Feb 21 19:06:42 UTC 2008

The NY TIMES has copy editors?

Doug Harris <cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET> wrote:  ---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------
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Poster: Doug Harris
Subject: Not Your Gramma's Grammar

A cut line (photo caption) on the front page of the NY/Region of today's
NY Times:
>Jacob Rivera, 15, near his apartment in the Bronx, who was convicted of
assault, receives intensive therapy as part of his new sentence.<
The topic of typos has arisen here again recently. Many such, as
has been noted, can be excused by time and other pressures. It's
not so easy, though, to 'justify' subject-object twice (by commas) removed
disasters such as this one.
What makes it worse, this wasn't a breaking-news story, so there should
have been sufficient time to appropriately copy-edit it.
(the other) doug

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