"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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