Burger Belly Belly Burger: Or, a complete disregard for word order

Yesterday The Idaho Statesman reviewed a local burger joint that recently opened in Boise. I’d tell you the name, but I’m a little confused. The headline calls it “Belly Burger”…

But in the body of the article, the burger joint is called “Burger Belly”…

Bad copy editors! Bad!

Dazed by the days

I suppose you can’t expect flawless grammar in a local publication that’s handed out for free in coffee shops. But I’m a grammar snob so I’ll complain if I want to. Here is a picture of an event schedule in a local paper:

Saying "every Tuesdays" is wrong every day of the week.

1. The word “everyday” is an adjective describing something that happens on a daily basis. This ad should read, “Every day except Thursdays.” (Sorry, is my nitpickiness showing?)

2. I’m not sure why the second event reads “Every Tuesdays.” I guess that S just really wants to fit in somewhere.

Someone’s having a senior moment

Terrible at spelling or going senile? The world may never know…

Wine gets better with age; spelling doesn't, apparently.

The principle of the matter

There is a job posting in The Idaho Statesman‘s classifieds for a “High School Principle.” I remember this one from high school English class: it’s principal because the principal is your “pal.” Cheesy as it is, it’s the truth, and I certainly hope one of the job qualifications is knowing the difference between principle and principal.

I’m going to “milk” this one for all it’s worth

As I was reading through the movie reviews in today’s newspaper, I stumbled across a typo that’s so big it really shouldn’t have been overlooked. I took a picture of the whole article so you’ll have to enlarge it to get the full effect, but in essence this is what happened: the review is for the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and the headline reads, “‘Dairy’ chronicles middle-school horrors.'”

I would guess this is a case of someone relying on spell check rather than actually proofreading. Tisk tisk.

[Source: Moore, Roger. (2010, March 19). ‘Dairy’ chronicles middle-school horrors. Scene, pp. 5.]

In other news…

On the first day of my news reporting and writing class in college, the professor handed out a grammar test to be graded during the following class session.  You would think, based on this information, that grammar is a pretty vital part of journalism–right?

I think it would be safe to say it’s important, unless you’re a certain news station in Boise (I won’t name names, but it contains the letters K, T, V, and B).  Below are six snippets from their online articles, all containing one or more grammatical errors; I should also note that these examples come from four articles posted within the past three days:

Missing words and periods and commas, oh my!

(Source: http://www.ktvb.com)