By Ebere Wabara; firstname.lastname@example.org, 08055001948
DAILY SUN Front Page Banner infraction of October 5 welcomes us today: â€œNNPC: More can (cans) of wormsâ€
â€œEven a child in this nation knows that the police derives (derive) its (their) enabling and operational authority from the dictates of the Centreâ€¦.â€
â€œIn Kano, Police allegedly shoots (sic) tanker driver over bribeâ€
â€œNigerians would no doubt be happier to hear from the Nigerian Police what it is (they are) doing to enhance its (their) capacityâ€¦.â€
â€œThe ban on tinted glasses is even more reprehensible because the security benefits it can deliver is (are) far from certain.â€
â€œGov, Reps demand his arrest over (for) inciting comments on 2019â€
â€œA weekâ€™s trail on the heels of pirates reveal (reveals) how Nigerians lose billions of Naira to the kingpinâ€¦.â€
â€œCourt remands Edo lawmaker in prison over unlawful possession of firearmâ€ The lawmaker was remanded in custodyâ€”not in prison!
â€œThat is why the Presidency must show more leadership and tact before jumping into a battle just because it thinks it has the power to crush the enemyâ€”real or imagined.â€ Jonathan versus Amaechi: the enemyâ€”real or imaginary.
â€œNigerian scientists have failed woefully.â€ THE SUNDAY INTERVIEW: â€¦have failed abysmally (not woefully)
â€œLet me also make this point that our scientists have not done creditably well over the years.â€ No overkill: either creditably or well.
â€œInsurgents await ransom, assure on ex-ministerâ€™s safetyâ€ â€˜Assureâ€™ is a transitive verb. It must take an object. (Thanks to Kola Danisa/07068074257 for this reminder and the next observation)
â€œRestoring sanity on (to) the road should be the first tangible step if he is serious aboutâ€¦.â€
â€œThe result was that what was supposed to be a consensus agreement willingly entered into byâ€¦.â€ â€˜Consensus agreementâ€™?Â Next time, just choose one.
â€œIt was flurry of activities in Abuja last week.â€¦â€ A flurry or a hive of activityâ€¦.
â€œThe minister said governmentâ€™s desire to licence (sic) a second carrier is born out of theâ€¦â€ General view: borne out.
â€œKnowing fully well that Abacha was a key factor in the Babangida regime.â€¦â€ Intelligent commentary: knowing full well.
â€œWhat is good for the goose should be good for the gander.â€Â Fixed expression: what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
â€œSome blind beggars on a street in Lagos Islandâ€ Beggars in a street on (not in) Lagos Island.
â€œâ€¦Catholic cardinals who converged at (on) the Vatican for a three-day meetingâ€¦.â€
â€œThere has (sic) been threats of legal action, and a demonstration against Obanikoro in Lagos has been held.â€Â Challenges of carpet-crossing: there have been threatsâ€¦.
â€œManhunt begins for killers of award winning (award-winning) police chief.â€
â€œâ€¦writes (writes to) the president to intimate him of (to) the hardship ravaging the land.â€
â€œThe civil servants have got pay rise, yet their purchasing power have (has) been decimated.â€
â€œThe ITSC equipment was damaged early this week by a heavy rainstorm….â€Â In the interest of telecoms, delete â€˜heavyâ€™-â€“which is contextually otiose, just like â€˜heavy downpourâ€™!
â€œEvery moneybag (moneybags) wants you to know when he is celebratingâ€¦.â€ â€˜Moneybagâ€™ is the sac used in putting money, while the owner is a moneybags.
â€œA professional must update his knowledge in his chosen career otherwise he becomes a mediocre.â€Â The way we write: otherwise he becomes a mediocrity or mediocrist.Â â€˜Mediocreâ€™ is an adjective that cannot function as a noun except in a collective manner (the mediocre).
â€œThe emergence of vigilante (vigilance) groups to combat the activities of men of the underworld is only symptomatic of lack of faith in the ability of the police to guaranteeâ€¦.â€
â€œNLC suspends siege on (to) First Bank, as NUJ lays siege to Daily Champion over non-payment of six-month salaryâ€Â
â€œThe assurance from the IGP is therefore supposed to act as a soothing balm.â€Â Is a balm not supposed to soothe? Does it do the opposite?
â€œâ€¦it will be much more so with one involving a police personnel.â€Â â€˜Personnelâ€™ is a collective term.Â Use â€˜policemanâ€™, â€˜officerâ€™ or â€˜copâ€™.
â€œBut how do we prevent hunger next year when politicians will engage themselves (one another) in a do or die (do-or-die) battle for re-election.â€ Â Â â€œVP condemns do or die politicsâ€ This way: do-or-die politics.
Â â€œThe race to Government House in Kano has began in earnest asâ€¦.â€ Without any effort: The race has begunâ€¦.
Â Â â€œâ€¦those who would have uttered (what?) them reduced everyone to spectators while they reached for each otherâ€™s throats.â€ Get it right: each otherâ€™s throat or one anotherâ€™s throat (depending on context).
Â â€œAfter all, as they say, â€˜what is good for the goose is good for the ganderâ€™ â€™â€™. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Â â€œKnowing what to wear and how to compliment (complement) it goes a long wayâ€¦.â€
Â Â â€œThe state, therefore, does not deserve the treatment being currently meted to itâ€.Â Classical expression: being meted out to it.
Â â€œChief of Naval Staff advocates for increased productivity via industrializationâ€ When used as a verb, â€˜advocateâ€™ does not admit â€˜forâ€™.Â Let us avoid verbiage in headline casting: Naval Chief advocates increased productivity.Â Â
â€œFor the university to recommend that students should pay for the damages while they haveâ€¦.â€ A common mistake: except in legalese, â€˜damageâ€™ cannot be pluralized.
Â â€œâ€¦rather than investigating and finding out who were involved and check against future re-occurrence: Beyond recurrence, can an event yet to take place happen in the past?
Â â€œâ€¦the university is pointing its accusing fingers in the direction of the lecturers.â€ True idiom: point a/the finger.Â No inclusion of â€˜accusingâ€™ or inflection of â€˜fingerâ€™.
Â â€œIt is our belief that we members of the alumni association of our Alma Mata (Alma Mater) have unique roles to play in the restoration of sanity on our university campus.â€Â It isâ€¦restoration of sanity to (not on) our campus.
Â â€œIsnâ€™t it funny that it is the beak with which a bird builds itâ€™s (sic) nest that it uses to scatter it.â€ Possessive: its
Â â€œâ€¦the AU summiteers concentrated almost exclusive (sic) on the political independence and liberation of countries in (on) the continent.â€
Â â€œMondayâ€™s action, which started at dawn, was as a result of the breakdown of series of negotiationsâ€¦â€ An agendum: a series of negotiations.
Â â€œAccording to investigations, the deceased was said to be resting alone in his room at about 9.p.mâ€¦.â€Â Every reporter should be decisive based on timing which description to use: either at or about 9 p.m.Â The two cannot co-function.
Â â€œAccording to the source, the institution has a very high percentage of failure in the last academic year.â€Â Reported speech: the institution had (not has).
â€œâ€¦ that the authorities of the institution was (were) still waiting the result of the police analysis of the bombâ€.
â€œâ€¦in the next three years, its per capital income would have …â€ This way: per capita income.Â â€œThen it was catalogue of misses for the Super Eagles.â€ In the spirit of Russia 2018 World Cup qualification: a catalogue of misses.