"6:05 p.m. Citizen Assist. Individual at Police Department wishing to talk to an officer regarding scam that is going around where people are passing out employment flyers and when girls show up for the interview, they are being ruffled and shipped off for prostitution." (Pacifica Tribune, June 17; from Pacifica Police Department Log on June 10)
As Alan Wald suggests in the comments on this thread, either the police department or the newspaper meant to say "ruffied," not "ruffled," possibly a reference to the date rape drugs known as "roofies." Or an even less sinister scenario is suggested by yours truly, who finds that the Tribune's typeface (font) may have contributed to the confusion. Click Comments below to follow this thread, and perhaps you will also discover how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
After a hot editorial debate in our office about KQED-TV’s questionable on-air grammar (“KQED thanks our members”), I hesitate to throw another log on the fire, but today on the radio I heard a commercial that began: “Princess Cruises is celebrating our…” Please click the Comments link below to share your thoughts.
Fellow literati Peter Loeb is repelled by bad English. Recently, he read a Pacifica Patch/Bay City News Service story about rescuers saving a stranded hiker by “repelling” down a Pacifica cliff. Evidently, these media rely on a spellchecker and don’t know the difference between “repel” and “rappel.” Unfortunately, this kind of sloppy writing and editing has become an epidemic in publishing, journalism, and society at large. When we let our computers do our thinking for us, we are lost. Game over, man.
We urge all Coastsiders to contact new San Francisco Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and ask her to assign investigative reporters to dig into the Caltrans/SMCTA highway-widening fiasco, a much underreported story in the media over the hill. It's about time a major metro daily newspaper began paying attention to Coastside transportation issues other than "feel good" features about the Devil's Slide Tunnels. If Caltrans screwed the pooch on the Bay Bridge eastern span, what can we expect with its ridiculous highway-widening plan here? We have a need to know.
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What is going on over at the Pacifica Tribune? Is anyone performing the most basic copyediting anymore? It's painful to read Horace Hinshaw's own columns. He's the editor of the paper, for crying out loud! Does he even read his own submissions?
From Horace's latest "The way I see it" column, December 10-16, 2014: "Tonight we'll have changing of the guard...
“Tonight?” I guess if you happened to read this on the correct day, it would be "tonight." The piece was posted online December 9 at 5 p.m. I hope you didn't show up to Council Chambers then. No event date was provided anywhere in the piece, nor was there an article anywhere in the paper about the event to glean a date from. If you read Horace's piece on Thursday or Friday, well, "tonight" has long since passed you by. (The reorganization is on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m., by the way.)
"...when we introduce a new Mayor."
Who is "we"? "We” aren’t introducing anyone, but the newly seated council will elect a new mayor on December 10, and perhaps that newly elected mayor will introduce herself or himself to us.
"Mayor pro tem Karen Ervin will move up one chair to assume the role, taking over from current Mayor Mary Ann Nihart."
Isn’t this declaration a bit premature, since it's predicated on an election that hasn't happened yet? Yes, Ervin is the odds-on favorite, but until the vote actually happens, it's not a done deal, and stranger things have happened. She may not even want the position. Who knows?
"We'll lost one councilmember while welcoming a new one."
C’mon, man, this is just terrible writing.
"Mr. Keener was very outspoken on the Highway 1wideing issue during his candidacy run for the council."
What the hell? How does a sentence like this get published? 1wideing?! And what does a “candidacy run for the council” mean? Horace, you've got to get your "stuff" together and read what you're publishing every week under your name.
Dear Riptide Editor: Did you happen to notice the unusually ugly "Fall Colors" photo at the top of the November 19 Pacifica Tribune editorial page? For one thing, it was printed in black and white, so there were no fall colors, unless you consider ash gray a color. For another, perhaps because of the lack of actual color, you could not tell what the picture showed. Was it a tree or was it some dog's dinner?