WITH Ebere Wabara;Â email@example.com, 08055001948
THISDAY Front Page of June 3, 2017, welcomes us today: â€œIn this regard, the governors, under the auspices of the Nigeria (sic) Governors (sic) Forum (NGF), said they have (had) resolved to offset the backlog of salariesâ€¦.â€
â€œA statement from the NGF statement readsâ€¦.â€ This horrendous repetition of â€˜statementâ€™ is demonstrative of poverty of vocabulary!
â€œâ€¦I managed to give a glass shattering (glass-shattering) performance.â€
â€œAniocha and Oshimili communities in Delta State are neighbours that have decided to reunite under (on) the Njiko Aniocha-Oshimili platform.â€
â€œâ€¦which in actually (sic) fact had neither the land nor the mineral resources of its own to justify its huge financial status.â€™ Just delete â€˜actuallyâ€™ on grounds of its redundancy.
â€œUnemployment and lack of electricity is (are) going worse.â€
â€œWe, the Governors and the people of the South East zone welcome the PDP flag (standard) bearerâ€¦.â€ This is one of the lexical legacies of the late Bayo Oguntunase who will be interred next month. May his soul continue to rest in peace.
â€œMr. President (sic), as you begin your Presidential (sic) campaign for (in) our zoneâ€¦.â€
â€œâ€¦let us joyfully embrace the only President who has shown love to Ndigbo in words and in deeds.â€ Get it right: in word and in deed.
â€œAs a humatarian (humanitarian), philanthropist, God fearing and kind hearted (God-fearing and kind-hearted) brotherâ€¦.â€
â€œAPC raises fresh alarm, alleges rigging plot, clampdown of (on) opposition leadersâ€
â€œPDP, APC trade banters at NLC conferenceâ€ â€˜Banterâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œCustomers smile home with sports utility vehicles at (in) PZ promo in Beninâ€ Niger Delta Chronicle: Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs)â€
â€œCustoms FOU Zone C arrests 18 over (for) smugglingâ€
â€œGroup G4 calls for violence free (violence-free) electionâ€
â€œVote for a Kind hearted (kind-hearted) Leader (sic)â€ (Powered by the 7 wise preachers)
â€˜Announcementâ€™ in â€œObituary Announcementâ€ is redundant because â€˜obituaryâ€™ is an announcement!
â€œMASSOB warns state govt over harrassmentâ€ Spell-check: harassment, but embarrassment
â€œOur dreams must keep coming into (to) reality in Lagosâ€¦We endorse Akin Ambodeâ€”a public servant of 27 years (yearsâ€™) standingâ€ In case you did not know,
â€œIts (Itâ€™s) either they are talking about GMB dying soon orâ€¦.â€
â€œI pray that you do not experience death of your child/childrenâ€¦talkless of (let alone) being taunted and mocked!â€
â€œThis is what Goodluck Jonathan and PDP has (have) turned to campaign theme!â€
â€œThe documentary mentioned how he divorced his late wife and some other beer parlour (pub) gist.â€
â€œAgain, Muhammad Buhari has never referred or attack (attacked) Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s family.â€
â€œHe only concentrates (concentrates only) on issue based (sic) (issues-based) campaign.â€
â€œLetâ€™s keep going forwards (forward).â€
â€œNiger (Nigerien) army repels insurgentsâ€™ attacksâ€
NEWSMEN are told to avoid stating the obvious, shun excess luggage and Keep It Short and Simple (KISS). Therefore, both â€œghastlyâ€ and â€œfatalâ€ were needless in â€œeighteen people were killed (18 fatalities) and two others seriously injured in a â€œghastlyâ€ (already frightening) accident on…â€ See Wordsworth, Feb. 15. Second, the reported teenage mother was â€œdelivered of….â€ It is not proper to state that â€œa teenage mother who just deliveredâ€. Women do not deliver but are â€œdelivered ofâ€ babies.
I join calls on you not to be discouraged by the annoying misuse of
English by our local media. Some professionals are incorrigible and
impervious to the weekly corrections which your column offers on the appropriate use of English. You may want to know that I have newspaper cuttings (musty) of such columns, including â€œCaught Outâ€ by Ladbone (Lade Bonuola) of the old Daily Times. Please, keep educating us. Also X-ray the misuse of synonyms. For instance, on Xmas decorations, â€œprices (prizes) are now given…â€ Sunday Vanguard, January 25, Page 6. On Page 19 of the same title of February 1, Flavour Nabania is reported â€œto walk (work) out in the gymâ€. A piece on â€œBuhariâ€™s presidential gambleâ€ stated on Page 56, Sunday Vanguard, January 25 that â€œAper Aku and Busari Adelakun both died in prison due to poor maltreatment.â€ What an over-kill! â€œPoorâ€ is needless. We have civil society, not societies (Nigerian Tribune, Page 1, February 5)
Homophones seem to confuse many writers. For instance, The Nation, Page 67, February 15, reported Fashola as asking the service chiefs to toe (some writers would have used â€œtowâ€) the â€œpart (occurred two times) of honourâ€ by resigning but the writer/editor got it right just once. Also writing on Christmas decorations, â€œprices (prizes) are now givenâ€¦.â€ Sunday Vanguard, January 25, Page 6. On Page 19 of the same title of February 1, Flavour Nabania is said â€œto walk (work) out in the gymâ€. A piece on â€œBuhariâ€™s presidential gambleâ€ stated on Page 56, Sunday Vanguard, January 25 that â€œAper Aku and Busari Adelakun both died in prison due to poor maltreatment.â€ What an over-kill! â€œPoorâ€ and â€œmalâ€ from the Latin word â€œmalusâ€ mean the same thing — bad.
By the way, there is a single â€œcivil societyâ€ but many civil society
groups and not â€œcivil societies protest polls shiftâ€ (Nigerian
Tribune, Front Page, February 5). KOLA DANISA, 07068074257
EBERE, I have to chip in again. â€œâ€¦the average journalist usually burns this professional flag, forgets their human pastâ€ is informal usage while â€œâ€¦ the average journalist usually burns this professional flag, forgets his or her pastâ€ is formal usage.
Out of a lawyersâ€™ population estimated â€œat about 20,000â€ (at 20,000 or to be about 20,000) only five females â€œhave been opportuneâ€ (had have the opportunity) to adorn the silk. Special note on usage: â€œopportuneâ€ is an adjective, e.g. an opportune moment (not a verb â€“ it is not verbalized). Rotimi Fasogbon thanks for your observation on this, too.
The preponderance of the views aired by the people centres on/upon (not around/round) issues like corruption and unemployment.â€
Before embarking on the strike (or industrial action)â€¦.
Another Note: In Christendom and current usage, â€œclericâ€ has been classified very old-fashioned. It is now restricted to Muslim Cleric/Clerics. Use Clergyman, Clergywoman, Pastor, Priest, Minister or Woman Minister, Reverend, Evangelist, etc.
â€œIn factâ€ is preferred to â€œin actual factâ€.