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DAILY SUN of September 18 welcomes us today with this headline error: â€œNIMC deploys verification mode for (in) banks, othersâ€”DGâ€
Voice of The Nation comes next: â€œ150 killed in Niger boat mishap (fatality/tragedy)â€ (DAILY SUN Front Page Kicker, September 18) The victims were not killed, but died following the boat mishapâ€”except, of course, there was a foul play or premeditated murder. If that happened, it should not have been classified a â€˜mishapâ€™.
Exemplary elucidation: â€œ31 die in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway auto crashâ€ (Saturday PUNCH Front Page Reference Headline, September 16). â€˜Killingâ€™ is, usually, a wilful act. Most newspapers even publish â€œroad crashâ€ as if it is the road that crashes! Kudos, Saturday PUNCH, from where we extracted the next two infelicities, all the same:
Dream weddings: â€œSacrificing can become a life changing (life-changing) experienceâ€
â€œInflation drops for seventh consecutive months (month) to 16.01%â€
â€œ$1.1bn Malabu deal: Crisis brews over Reps (Repsâ€™) invitation to Jonathanâ€
â€œHe said their action defeats (defeated) the essence of releasing the funds, noting that the (otiose article inclusion) civil servants and pensioners depend on such salaries and benefits for their upkeep and that of their families.â€ (DAILY Sun Editorial, September 18, 2017)
â€œNACCIMA commends SON over (for) import, export capacityâ€
â€œThe Board, Management and staff of PETROGAS LIMITED and GAMMAGAS LIMITED announce the death of one of our founding DIRECTOR (directors)â€¦.â€
DAILY Sun Editorial of September 13 takes over this week with two juvenile blunders: â€œIt is, indeed, a sad commentary that in this 21st century (21st Century), majority (a majority) of Nigeriansâ€¦.â€
â€œYour commitments to the cause of humanity and many other ways in which you have impacted positively in (on) in the lives of several people within and beyond is a great attribute (are great attributes).â€
â€œAccolades as ex-beauty queen float (floats) school in Abujaâ€
â€œGov Ikpeazu declares dusk to dawn (dusk-to-dawn) curfew in Abaâ€ (DAILY SUN NATIONAL NEWS Rider, September 13)
OVERHEARD: â€œâ€¦handwriting on the wallâ€ Get it right: writing on the wall
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.
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€
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 Minster.
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) to adorn the silk.â€
â€œThis is another scintillating edition for the matured (mature) mind.â€
â€œPreponderant of the views aired by the people centre around issues like corruption, unemploymentâ€¦.â€ Running a true federation: Preponderanceâ€¦centresâ€¦.
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 (16 people died) 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, accident. 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€
â€œA weekly magazine took a professional risk and charged the speaker for (with) forgery.â€
â€œ…the same-day election is being proposed by the senate as part of the antidote forâ€¦.â€ This way: antidote toâ€¦.