Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Damn strait

I was just watching an NCIS episode, and the agents were talking about putting someone in a straitjacket.

The subtitles, however, spelled it straightjacket. Which either means a faulty computer program did the subtitles, or a faulty person (couldn't spell) did them.

ALSO FOUND ONLINE: You need less “things” than you think.


No, you need fewer things than you think. If it involves numbers, fewer is needed.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

More information in my stories

In early 1985, I was moving from Hendersonville, N.C., to Wilmington, N.C., and I was reading my first Jerry Hooks column. Jerry was the sports editor of the Wilmington Star-News, and he was my new boss.

Jerry had written a column about UNC Wilmington basketball and Mel Gibson. I didn't know what actor Mel Gibson had to do with UNCW basketball, and I didn't find a clue in Hooks's column.

I later learned that Gibson was a tall man, and he was then the UNCW men's basketball coach. Years earlier, he'd backed up hall-of-famer Jerry West for the Los Angeles Lakers.

I filed what I'd learned; sometimes you need more explanation.

Later, still with the Star-News, I wrote a column on a Wilmington kid who was going to play offensive tackle for Wake Forest. I was at the YMCA the next day, and a woman I knew from the gym said that my column was nicely written.

Then she added, "What's Wake Forest?"

I told her that it was a major university in Winston-Salem, N.C. She wondered why I didn't say that in the column, and I told her that it was assumed the reader would know that Hoggard, New Hanover and Laney were Wilmington high schools and that North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke and N.C. State were universities in North Carolina.

All newspapers and magazines have their styles, of course. Some will cut out "University of" if you write University of North Carolina.

For the last few years, though, I've added "University of" to North Carolina or "High School" after a local high school when I was writing a magazine story. The editors might cut it out ... or they might leave it; thus, the reader would have a little more information.

It would be their call.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bird of Prey's

FOUND ONLINE: Enterprise attacked by ten Romulan Bird of Prey's

I found this on YouTube. Believe it or not, it would be 10 Birds of Prey, similar to mothers-in-law or attorneys general. Also, you don't need an apostrophe.

Enterprise attacked by 10 Romulan Birds of Prey


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