By Ebere Wabara
OVERHEARD: â€œHow many is insideâ€? Most people commit this egregious blunder! For those who do not already know: How many are inside?
DAILY SUN Politics & Power Opening Page of May 16 formally welcomes us this week with these juvenile solecisms: â€œAs a law abiding (law-abiding) governor and someone who believes in the rule of lawâ€¦they may suspect him to be involved in security breach or perpetuating insecurity.â€ Get it right: a security breach or security breachesâ€”depending on context.
â€œThere is need to reconnect Nigerians back with the country called Nigeria and I think that national reconciliation and integration is the answer.â€ Yank off â€˜backâ€™ and this: reconciliation and integration are (not is) the answers because of their distinction.
â€œAPC aspirants trade blames over botched primaryâ€ (DAILY SUN Banner, May 7) â€˜Blameâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œOn behalf of the Government and good people of Bayelsa State, I heartily felicitate with you, my good friend (good friend of mine), the Deputy Senate President, Prof. Ike Ekweremadu (a coma) on your (his) 56th birthday anniversary.â€ (Full-page advertorial, DAILY SUN, May 14) Delete â€˜anniversaryâ€™ because it is otiose.
â€œFG has no grouse with Ondo electorate â€”Sarakiâ€ (THE PUNCH Headline, May 18) FG has no grouse about (not with)â€¦.
â€œBuhari issues marching order to cement producersâ€ (THISDAY Headline, May 17) Truth & reason: marching orders.
â€œLASAAâ€™s double standardsâ€ (DAILY INDEPENDENT Headline, May 16) Fixed expression: double standard.
â€œThis is crucial because our steps have been faulty from the onset (outset).â€ (DAILY CHAMPION Back Page, May 12)
The next four blunders are from SATURDAY TRIBUNE of 12 May: â€œâ€¦the noise pollution that accompany (accompanies) the use and subsequent rise in the level of stress.â€
â€œI am usually on (in) my farm and I donâ€™t think youâ€¦.â€
â€œHe spoke on Supersports about his achievements and experiences on the saddle of CAF Champions League second roundâ€¦.â€ SATURDAY Sports: in the saddle.
â€œâ€¦Idoko has commended the board of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) over (for) the successful organization of the first round ofâ€¦.â€
â€œBill Gates: The billionaire with unparallel love for the less privilegedâ€ Exceptional philanthropy: unparalleled love
â€œUNIBEN alumni commends INECâ€ (THE GUARDIAN Headline, May 12) UNIBEN alumni commend, but UNIBEN alumni association commends. No muddle.
â€œSometimes (Sometime) ago, twenty-three wise men met atâ€¦.â€
â€œAs police beams (beam) searchlight on some formal groups, associations and organizations.â€
â€œIn his sermon at the occasion.â€¦â€ Get it right: on the occasion.
â€œIn 1996, ASUU, apart from demanding for the reviewâ€¦â€ Military and varsity education: delete â€˜forâ€™ in the interest of grammatical sanity.
â€œThe Yorubas like I said on this platform last Friday.â€¦â€ This way: The Yoruba, as (not like) I said, on this platform last Fridayâ€¦.
â€œâ€¦the good foundation laid for take-off and hopefully with what we have read and saw (seen) in the mediaâ€¦.â€
â€œHe sacked the Shonekan administration and assumed the reign of power as Head of State.â€ Get it right: reins of government.
â€œThey like parading themselves in state-of-the-art cars, leaving (living) in mansions and dictating the economy (how?) of the country with their loots (loot).â€ Do we resort to vernacular, in the light of the foregoing morphological tragedies?
â€œThrown into panic, the driver of my vehicle managed to find a save (safe) haven from the portion of the road lawfully meant for Abuja-bound motorist (motorists).â€
â€œâ€¦ talkless of (let alone) those actually chased into them by the escorts of the â€˜bigâ€™ (sic) men.â€
The next outrageous error is from Vanguard of May 15: â€œWe urge that investigations be launched into the circumstances that led to the embarrassment and ask that those involved be brought to book to forestall a re-occurrence.â€ Let us foreclose a recurrence of â€˜Eze-Goes-to-Schoolâ€™ blunders.
â€œThe last but not the least isâ€¦.â€ An extra: the last but not least. That is the correct expression.
â€œShe is an alumnus of the popularâ€¦.â€ Standard style: an alumna.
The next six blunders are from the sports pages of the Saturday Newspaper: â€œFlying Eagles (Eaglesâ€™) sloppy play bothered (bordered) on the fact that.â€¦â€
â€œI seized the opportunity (sic) to congratulate him for (on/upon) the very great successes at the recent polls.â€¦â€ Standard English: I used the opportunityâ€¦.
â€œâ€¦the smallish player was the life wire (sic) of the Flying Eaglesâ€¦.â€ Russia 2018: livewire.
â€œThe screening of the prospective footballers continued with the captain playing the role of the ball boy, perhaps with the believe that.â€¦â€ Change â€˜believeâ€™ to â€˜beliefâ€™.
â€œPresident Muhammadu Buhari has joined the bandwagon of progress.â€ Progressive English: climb or jump (not join) on/aboard the bandwagon.
The next two blunders are from the DAILY TRUST of May 15: â€œToday, the Whitemanâ€™s problem has been fully entrenched in the dark continent, especially south of the Sahara.â€ Standard expression: on the Dark Continent
â€œAbia police warns (warn) on tinted windscreenâ€
â€œ3 state-own industries to begin production soonâ€ This way: state-owned industries.
â€œDrivers of luxurious (luxury) buses are not so often stopped or extorted.â€
â€œSuch accusation levelled on (against/at) the FRSC is, however, an exception rather than the rule.â€
â€œ…the commission was poised to enforce all road violations.â€ This is sheer linguistic monstrosity! Perhaps, it is only in Nigeriaâ€”where everything is plausible and possibleâ€”that violations (instead of laws and regulations) can be enforced.
â€œThe reporter had been involved in a ghastly motor accident that claimed the lives of over five people almost immediately along (on) the popular Ibadan-Lagos expressway.â€ When lives are lost in any vehicular mishap, it is a fatal (not ghastly) accident.
â€œSome few years later after I had almost forgotten about the Navyâ€¦.â€ â€˜Someâ€˜ and â€˜fewâ€™ cannot co-function.
â€œSo when this new uniform group was set up in 1988 by the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida administration, I have (had) no doubt in my mind (where else?) that this would certainly work because of the calibre of people behind it.â€
â€œPeople in power in this country atimes (at times) amuse me by theirâ€¦.â€