The Compulsive Copyeditor

February 13, 2015

Usage Finds of the Day

Filed under: Usage Find of the Day — amba12 @ 11:31 am

“Putin did, however, claim that he had pressurized the separatists to sign the agreement.”

~ David Patrikarakos on The Daily Beast

To sea level, I presume?

UPDATE: Followed in short order by this Daily Beast headline:

Scandalized Oregon Governor Resigns

It’s “IZE”day!

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3 Comments »

  1. I imaginized you when I was writing this: link

    Fire at will.

    Comment by chickelit — March 1, 2015 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  2. Scandalized Oregon Governor Resigns

    It’s a lousy adjective, but “scandaled” [sic] doesn’t work.

    What would be acceptable alternatives?

    Oregon Governor Resigns In Scandal

    Scandal Ousts Oregon Governor

    The first is longer than the original and the preposition “in” is weak.

    The second is shorter but gives makes scandal the subject away even though it’s passive.

    Is headline writing an art? Twitter is good practice for that.

    Comment by chickelit — March 1, 2015 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  3. It’s always easier to say what’s wrong than what’s right. “Scandalized” simply doesn’t mean what the writer thinks it does. It’s the people of Oregon who are scandalized by their governor’s behavior. (How arbitrary it all is, though!) I would say “Scandal-tainted governor resigns” or the like. Better alternative to “tainted”?

    Comment by amba12 — March 2, 2015 @ 12:37 am | Reply


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