SATURDAY Media Gaffes
OVERHEARD: â€œI have to sew my coat according to my sizeâ€¦.â€ What if the cloth is insufficient? Therefore, you â€˜cut your coat according to your clothâ€™. Grammar could occasionally be illogical like â€˜the WAGES of sin IS deathâ€™, but logic remains an integral/cardinal aspect of the English language.
Corrigendum from last weekâ€™s edition: â€œThis is because of the numerous restraints, both social and economical (economic), which is (are) associated with the day to day (day-to-day) life of a convict.â€ (Thanks to Baba Ilesha for this contribution. More interventions are welcome from everyone). I did not point out â€˜economicâ€™â€”not â€˜economicalâ€™â€”as excerpted.
â€œSuch citizens had since been integrated back (re-integrated) into the system.â€
â€œA recent summit in Kaduna on education in the Northern states provided the appropriate forum to revisit, once againâ€¦.â€ (THE PUNCH, June 2) â€˜Revisitâ€™ cannot co-function with â€˜againâ€™.
â€œGone are the days when government can (could) go it alone.â€ (THE GUARDIAN, June 2)
From DAILY SUN of July 19 comes the next set of blunders: â€œEnugu police arrest man over (for) brotherâ€™s deathâ€
â€œThis is necessary for a genuine rebuilding effort to commence, as the next general elections are fast approaching.â€ (EDITORIAL) Voice of The Nation: the next general election is fast approaching.
â€œIndeed, majority (a majority) of the stalwarts of the APC are PDP turncoats.â€ (Source: as above)
â€œ37 killed in fresh farmers, herders (herdersâ€™) clash in Kaduna villageâ€
â€œOsinbajo commissions (inaugurates/auspicates et al) multi-billion projects in Zamfaraâ€ AREWA NEWS: multi-billion naira projects. Multi-billion projects belong to the dreamland of a utopian country!
Finally from the Back Page of DAILY Sun under focus: â€œThat is why they either give us the chicken changeâ€¦.â€ Get it right: chicken feed, not â€˜chicken changeâ€™.
â€œFG seeks N921.4bn to complete 925 roads projectsâ€ All the Facts, All the Sides: 925 road projects.
â€œEven Dubai ran into trouble (troubled) waters in 2008-2009 when huge debt (a huge debt) forciblyâ€¦.â€
â€œThe enforcement of that sentence against a teenage mother who had just delivered is certainly regretable.â€ On the move: regrettable. And this: pregnant women do not deliver babiesâ€”doctors or paramedics/traditionalists deliver their babies.
â€œâ€¦the average journalist usually burns this professional flag, forgets his own humble past once he or she crosses over to the corridor of power.â€ Saturday People: corridors of power and this: their humble past once theyâ€¦.
â€œThe government wants to dump all the dead stadia or sell them off to those who can breathe the breath of life on (into) them.â€
â€œHowever, it could be useful to indicate that our research shows that the fortunes of NEXIM moved comfortably between (from) 1990 to 1992 andâ€¦.â€ Alternatively: between 1990 and 1992
â€œThese terminations were made after NEXIM had undertaken screening exercise (must you add â€˜exerciseâ€™?) both at home and abroad and conducted series (a series) of travels, trainings (training).â€¦â€
â€œTrainings were held yesterday at the sports academy.â€ Viewpoint: â€˜trainingâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œCommissioner wants more vigilante groupsâ€ Rutam, hello: vigilance groups.
â€œThe article was an insult on the Federal Government, the National Assembly and an affront on the ICPC and its competent and hardworking staff.â€ Justice in service of community: an affront to (not on) the ICPC. And, of course, an insult to (not on) the FG
â€œFor quite sometime (some time) now, the poor and deteriorating condition of public infrastructureâ€¦.â€
â€œA few weeks ago, there was some news report (a news report) about the involvement ofâ€¦.â€
â€œâ€¦all the major roads in the Eastern part of the country have become pure death traps and for challenging his (Presidentâ€™s) non-challant attitude and doing anything positive in Igbo land.â€ Get it right: nonchalant.
â€œTrump, North Korea Minister hold talksâ€ Foreign Affairs: North Korean Minister.
â€œâ€¦there have been series of polemical attacks of (on) the commission and its activities by an obscure and often fictitious section of the public.â€ This way: a (take note) series of polemical attacks.
â€œThe president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces also addressed the nation same evening.â€ Get it right: the same evening.
â€œINEC apologizes over aborted PDP conventionâ€ To live in truth is to serve: apologize for something or to somebody.
â€œThe most impassible (impassable) roads accentuate the usual hectic traffic of motorists, making business transactions in Lagos a herculean task.â€
â€œâ€¦robbers who held residents and commuters to ransome for hoursâ€¦.â€ Spell-check: ransom.
â€œI doff my hat forâ€¦â€ The right mix: I take off (or doff) my hat to (not for).
â€œOut of a lawyersâ€™ population estimated at about 20,000, only five females have been opportuned (opportune or have had the opportunity) to adorn the silk.â€
â€œThis is another scintillating edition for the matured (mature) mind.â€
â€œBenue assures on abandoned projectâ€ Just tell readers who the state assured.
â€œA recent report on food related (a hyphen) ailments show (shows) that in many parts of the worldâ€¦.â€
â€œUnfortunately, however, I, and many other Nigerians have been infuriated by our servantsâ€¦.â€ In pursuit of linguistic orderliness: many other Nigerians and I. The concept of the cart and the horse applies to language usage, too.
â€œBut all our future blessing would be achieved through waiting in the Lord.â€ If you are after Godâ€™s heart, you wait on, not in, the Lord.
â€œBefore embarking on the strike actionâ€¦.â€ You can as well embark on the â€˜strike inactionâ€™!
â€œIt was as though both informants were mischievous people who had an affinity in (for) discrediting the preacher.â€
â€œThe vigilante group visited instant judgment on the thief and sent him to the great beyond.â€ In the name of excellence: vigilance group.
â€œSixteen people were killed and two others seriously injured in a ghastly (fatal) accident which occurred along (on) the Bauch-Auchi road on Saturday.â€ If there were casualties, it follows that it was a fatal, not a ghastly, accidentâ€”which is even impliedly otiose. The mishap did not drag along the road, but occurred at a spot on the road.
â€œSome of the despotic regimes thrown up in (on) the continent did worse things than was experienced under colonialism.â€