[mea] Re: Are you ok with this sentence?

Really? An unkindness of ravens? That's beautiful.
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:05:16 -0600
Subject: [mea] Re: Are you ok with this sentence?
From: mhudek@xxxxxxxxx
To: mea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Murder of crows
Unkindness of ravens
(I've always loved that one.)

On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM,  <cheri.frazer@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

That's a fun one!



A correction (collection, with an accent)
of editors

A brace of editors

A bracket of editors

A nitpick of editors

A murder of editors (no, that's crows--or
is it ravens? I think it's ravens)

Ha, a caret of editors!



I think I need to go home.










From:
Karen McElrea <karenmcelrea@xxxxxxxxxxx>

To:
<mea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Date:
2012-01-12 05:19 PM

Subject:
[mea] Re: Are you ok with this sentence?

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Well, yes, except the skier is in no position
to be critical (that particular usage always bugs me). As opposed to a
gaggle of editors ... what is the correct term for that, by the way? 




Subject: [mea] Re: Are you ok with this
sentence?

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:08:25 -0600

From: Carl.DeGurse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

To: mea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx



It’s a “don’t read me”
headline.  Nothing new in this news story.  But it’s possible
the headline writer was stuck topping a nothing-new story and responsibly
wrote a headline that is bland yet accurate.

 

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On Behalf Of Karen McElrea

Sent: January-12-12 4:58 PM

To: mea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [mea] Re: Are you ok with this sentence?

 

Thanks, Arden -- what do we think about
that headline, "Canadian skier Sarah Burke still critical..."?



I think Cheri's solution is a good one (a double)!




Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:18:25 -0600

Subject: [mea] Re: Are you ok with this sentence?

From: acogg@xxxxxxx

To: mea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Where's the like button, Karen? 

...Arden 

On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM, Karen McElrea
<karenmcelrea@xxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

 

I would object to a sentence of that construction,
which I believe are incorrect in any context.

 




To: mea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [mea] Are you ok with this sentence?

From: cheri.frazer@xxxxxxxxxx

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:32:53 -0600





"Burke tore a
vertebral artery, which are
located in the neck and supply blood to
the brainstem — the back part of the brain which controls consciousness."




(From 
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/skiing/story/2012/01/12/sp-burke-skiing-injury.html)




Would you consider that construction perfectly ok, a colloquialism / grammatical
shortcut, or would you consider it wrong no matter what?




Just curious. 

-C.





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