Monthly Archives: October 2003

’100 Worst Groaners’

October 1, 2003
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Courtesy of newswriting.com. Example: Flurry Of Activity – Not unless you?re the weathercaster, and it?s beginning to snow. There are plenty of less stuffy ways to say someone?s busy. Incidentally, these were intended for TV news people but it’s remarkable how many of the same groaners appear in print.

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Encyclopedia of Television

October 1, 2003
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Yes, such a thing exists. Did you know, for instance, that “Sale of the Century” was the most popular Australian game show? Or that a show called “Z Cars” had the most episodes (667) of any weekly British crime drama? O, the stuff you can find out there.

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Because finding fault is what we do

October 1, 2003
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Check out the Top 25 slip-ups at slip-up.com Choice tidbit: In the 1631 edition printing of the King James Bible, in Exodus 20:14, a very small word was forgotten by the printers. The word “not”. This changed the 7th commandment to say Thou shalt commit adultery! Aaack! I guess that’s what the church thought...

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The Deep Throat pioneers

October 1, 2003
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How the New York Times got the inside skinny on emerging porn.

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Strunk & White greatest hits

October 1, 2003
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Misused expressions. An excerpt: Certainly. Used indiscriminately by some speakers, much as others use very, to intensify any and every statement. A mannerism of this kind, bad in speech, is even worse in writing.

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Urban legends of Baghdad

October 1, 2003
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AJR asks, are we to blame because so many Americans are such morons?

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