SATURDAY MEDIA GAFFES
By Ebere Wabara
‘WE accumulate our word’: “Fidelity Back 2 School—Don’t let banknote angle in your way” Get it right: be (not stand) in your way
THE NATION ON SUNDAY of August 19 displayed grammatical hypocrisy: “The admiral should alarm the accumulation to adjustment for bifold standards (standard) and acrimony our laws”
“Rangers’ bang-up picks holes on 3SC” I additionally aces my own holes in (not on) this headline.
“…was the aftereffect of the alternation of affair (meetings)”
“…Assure (Assure Nigerians) Boko Haram will be defeated”
“The antecedent said added that…are (were) now durably in ascendancy of the military.”
“Lassa agitation alarm in Delta as FMC cordons-off (cordons off) emergency ward”
“…the citizenry of the acreage has added ample (considerably)”
Finally from THISDAY of August 22 beneath review: “Heat chargeless (Heat-free) curls”
SATURDAY INDEPENDENT of August18 broadcast a assortment of misapprehensions: “Buhari’s administering is been (being) sabotaged, says cleric”
“Irri association seeks for support” Yank off ‘for’
Wrong: backroom campaign; Right: backroom or campaign
“Siasia clamours for Nigerians (Nigerians’) support”
“CNS indicts aloft oil companies in (for) oil theft”
Yet accession lexical crisis: “…that the badge was (were) acknowledging the accusable apostle of the House….”
“…at the amount of majority (the majority) of added associates of the House”
DAILY Sun Editorial of September 3 comes aing with this buck howler: “…we anticipate it is a bit cheaper to actuate Admiral Biya to handover (hand over) to a adolescent bearing of leaders….”
“The United States, China and Europe are co-operating and aggressive adjoin anniversary added (one another).”
“He said the badge cannot (could not) be abject into the mess….”
“Underfunding, affliction to (of) poly education”
“…incessant strikes actions….” Apprenticeship Today: ceaseless strikes
“Truancy amid advisers and added chief bookish agents generally bleed (percolates) bottomward the bookish hierarchy….”
“Modibbo meets delegates, promises all across-the-board (all-inclusive) government”
“Obiazor relishes Super Eagles (Eagles’) call-up”
“Group insists PDP, APC should aces Christian (Christians) as banderole bearers (standard-bearers) in 2019”
“We accurate these fears, alive absolutely able-bodied the attributes of ….” This amounts to ache of the English language. Right: alive abounding well
“The NFF still accept to adjudge on the aftereffect of some matches” ‘Federation’ takes a atypical verb.
“What is acceptable for the goose can’t be bad for the gander. “ I do not accept the use of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ instead of ‘sauce’ in this instance.
“…but LifeStyle will not alternate to admonish you about (sic) one of the condoning archetype for this jamboree…” Singular: criterion; plural: criteria. In addition, ‘remind you of…’
“An declared backpack in academy fees has created a row amid the administration and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of…. “PTA agency Parent-Teacher Association.
“The donation of cartage and advice accessories accommodate a acceptable beginning. “ The donation … provides.
“Fear of robbers accumulate attorneys abroad from courts” Fear of robbers keeps…
“CBN activity bouys naira” (BUSINESSDAY, August 21) Get it right: buoys.
“You charge be accomplished and in adulation with applesauce music.” Just ‘mature’.
The aing three errors are from NTA Network News of September 4:
“…. Who presided at the occasion?” NTA correspondents should be civilized: the preposition that goes with ‘occasion’ is ‘on’ (not ‘at’)
“He said that the admiral intends to restore back…“ ‘Restore back’ shows unintelligibility. With ‘restore’, you cannot accept ‘back’. We should not use words we do not accept their meanings (or implications). The English accent has acquired from the old aeon to the avant-garde era. Therefore, journalists charge abstain Anglo-Saxon expressions.
“Each of the stadia was provided with practicing pitch.” It is not the pitches that practise as adumbrated in the statement. Therefore, the alive byword care to be ‘practice pitch.’ Lexical and semantic account demands this band of thought.
“Captain…wedded aloft Miss… in Lagos over the weekend with affectation and pageantry. “ (THISDAY, September 2) ‘Pomp and pageantry’ is not an accustomed phrase. The accustomed announcement is ‘pomp and circumstance’ or ‘pomp and ceremony.’ It can artlessly be larboard as ‘pomp’. If you do not bethink these forms, rephrase. At least, you can consistently arouse that the Nigerian conception (pomp and pageantry) is uneducated.
“Truely, Jos is a home of accord and tourism.” Correct form: truly
“This development is clashing in some states area apprenticeship accept (sic) died a accustomed death…” (DAILY CHAMPION, August 21) Indeed, apprenticeship has died in Champion House!
“Since the bribery of political crisis in neighbouring Chad….” (Source: as above) This way: eruption
“Public diplomacy ysts of the best assorted persuasions are agreed on one thing: the apple is at a crossroad. “ This way: at a/the capital (not crossroad)
“It is therefore, (sic) noteworthy that the AU has now apparent the acumen in pooling the assets of member-states calm to anticipate animal adventure (sic)… “(NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, August 21) When assets are pooled, there is no charge for ‘together’.
“New TV base to abandonment soon” (VANGUARD, August 21) Just annul the abutment to anatomy a phrasal verb.
“The hopes of millions of our country-men are centred about us.” (THISDAY, August 21) ‘Centre’ admits ‘on’, ‘round,’ ‘upon’… never ‘around’.
“Unclaimed backdrop of blow victims” ‘Property’ in this ambience is non-count. It can alone booty the plural anatomy if barrio and acreage of acreage are involved—or accurate references.
“This amoral blood-bath chase (follows)….”
“Yes, Nigerians adulation to eat acceptable commons with their bald fingers but that is not to say we cannot accommodate foreigners with cutleries.” (Tourism & Hospitality, August 21) ‘Cutlery’ is uncountable.
“Villagers beseige hospital for chargeless treatment” Right: besiege.
“In this way, activity assumption bulges as the affairs of contacting diseases appreciably diminish.” (Source: as above) Nobody contacts a disease… ‘contract’ is the word.
“The accelerating amusing advantage absolute in Admiral Buhari’s assay is acknowledging activity aimed at eliminating or acutely abbreviation poverty.” ‘…an acknowledging action.’ Articles are not alternative in calculation words.
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