By Ebere Wabara; firstname.lastname@example.org, 08055001948
THE NATION ON SUNDAY of May 20 displayed grammatical hypocrisy: â€œThe president should call the group to order for double standards (standard) and flouting our lawsâ€
â€œRangersâ€™ boss picks holes on 3SCâ€ I also pick my own holes in (not on) this headline.
â€œTIME Magazine commends Nigeria over (for/on) containmentâ€
â€œâ€¦was the outcome of the series of meeting (meetings)â€
â€œâ€¦Assure (Assure Nigerians) Boko Haram will be defeatedâ€
â€œThe source said further thatâ€¦are (were) now firmly in control of the military.â€
â€œLassa fever scare in Delta as FMC cordons-off (cordons off) emergency wardâ€
â€œâ€¦the population of the estate has increased considerable (considerably)â€
Finally from THISDAY of March 20 under review: â€œHeat free (Heat-free) curlsâ€
SATURDAY INDEPENDENT of March 19 circulated a potpourri of misapprehensions: â€œBuhariâ€™s administration is been (being) sabotaged, says clericâ€
â€œIrri community seeks for supportâ€ Yank off â€˜forâ€™
Wrong: electioneering campaign; Right: electioneering or campaign
â€œSiasia clamours for Nigerians (Nigeriansâ€™) supportâ€
Vanguard of March 18 disseminated a few solecisms starting with this banner: â€œCNS indicts major oil companies in (for/on) oil theftâ€
Yet another lexical crisis: â€œâ€¦that the police was (were) supporting the impeached speaker of the Houseâ€¦.â€
â€œâ€¦at the expense of majority (the majority) of other members of the Houseâ€
â€œHe said the police cannot (could not) be dragged into the messâ€¦.â€
â€œUnderfunding, bane to (of) poly educationâ€
Still on National Mirror under focus: â€œâ€¦incessant strikes actionsâ€¦.â€ Education Today: incessant strikes
â€œTruancy among professors and other senior academic staff often percolate (percolates) down the academic hierarchyâ€¦.â€
â€œModibbo meets delegates, promises all inclusive (all-inclusive) governmentâ€
â€œObiazor relishes Super Eagles (Eaglesâ€™) call-upâ€
â€œGroup insists PDP, APC should pick Christian (Christians) as flag bearers) in 2019â€ The way to go: standard bearer
â€œWe express these fears, knowing fully well the nature of â€¦.â€ This amounts to ill-treatment of the English language. Right: knowing full well
â€œThe NFF still have to decide on the outcome of some matchesâ€ â€˜Federationâ€™ takes a singular verb.
â€œWhat is good for the goose canâ€™t be bad for the gander. â€œ I do not understand the use of â€˜goodâ€™ and â€˜badâ€™ instead of â€˜sauceâ€™ in this instance.
â€œâ€¦but LifeStyle will not hesitate to remind you about (sic) one of the qualifying criterion for this jamboreeâ€¦â€ Singular: criterion; plural: criteria. In addition, â€˜remind you ofâ€¦â€™
â€œAn alleged hike in school fees has created a row between the management and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) ofâ€¦. â€œPTA means Parent-Teacher Association.
â€œThe donation of vehicles and communication gadgets provide a good beginning. â€œ The donation â€¦ provides.
â€œFear of robbers keep lawyers away from courtsâ€ Fear of robbers keepsâ€¦
â€œCBN intervention bouys nairaâ€ (BUSINESSDAY, March 21) Get it right: buoys.
â€œYou must be matured and in love with jazz music.â€ (DAILY TIMES, March 21) Just â€˜matureâ€™.
The next three errors are from NTA Network News of May 21:
â€œâ€¦.who presided at the occasion?â€ NTA correspondents should be civilized: the preposition that goes with â€˜occasionâ€™ is â€˜onâ€™ (not â€˜atâ€™)
â€œHe said that the ministry intends to restore backâ€¦â€œ â€˜Restore backâ€™ shows unintelligibility. With â€˜restoreâ€™, you cannot have â€˜backâ€™. We should not use words we do not understand their meanings (or implications). The English language has evolved from the old period to the modern era. Therefore, journalists must avoid Anglo-Saxon expressions.
â€œEach of the stadia was provided with practicing pitch.â€ It is not the pitches that practise as implied in the statement. Therefore, the sensible phrase ought to be â€˜practice pitch.â€™ Lexical and semantic appropriateness demands this line of thought.
â€œCaptainâ€¦wedded former Missâ€¦ in Lagos over the weekend with pomp and pageantry. â€œ (THISDAY, March 20) â€˜Pomp and pageantryâ€™ is not an accepted phrase. The standard expression is â€˜pomp and circumstanceâ€™ or â€˜pomp and ceremony.â€™ It can simply be left as â€˜pompâ€™. If you do not remember these forms, rephrase. At least, you can always recollect that the Nigerian creation (pomp and pageantry) is uneducated.
â€œTruely, Jos is a home of peace and tourism.â€ (DAILY NEWS, March 21) Correct form: truly
â€œThis development is unlike in some states where education have (sic) died a natural deathâ€¦â€ (DAILY CHAMPION, March 21) Indeed, education has died in Champion House!
â€œSINCE the corruption of political crisis in neighbouring Chadâ€¦.â€ (Source: as above) This way: eruption
â€œPUBLIC affairs analysts of the most diverse persuasions are agreed on one thing: the world is at a crossroad. â€œ (Source: as above) This way: at a/the crossroads (not crossroad)
â€œIt is therefore, (sic) noteworthy that the AU has now seen the wisdom in pooling the resources of member-states together to prevent ugly incident (sic)â€¦ â€œ(NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, March 21) When resources are pooled, there is no need for â€˜togetherâ€™.
â€œNew TV station to take-off soonâ€ (VANGUARD, March 21) Just delete the hyphen to form a phrasal verb.
â€œThe hopes of millions of our country-men are centred around us.â€ (THISDAY, March 21) â€˜Centreâ€™ admits â€˜onâ€™, â€˜round,â€™ â€˜uponâ€™â€¦ never â€˜aroundâ€™.
â€œUnclaimed properties of accident victimsâ€ â€˜Propertyâ€™ in this context is non-count. It can only take the plural form if buildings and acres of land are involved â€“ or scientific references.
â€œThis unrestrained blood-bath follow (follows)â€¦.â€
â€œYes, Nigerians love to eat traditional meals with their bare fingers but that is not to say we cannot provide foreigners with cutleries.â€ (Tourism & Hospitality, March 21) â€˜Cutleryâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œVillagers beseige hospital for free treatmentâ€ (DAILY NEWS, March 21) Right: besiege
â€œIn this way, life expectancy bulges as the chances of contacting diseases considerably diminish.â€ (Source: as above) Nobody contacts a diseaseâ€¦â€˜contractâ€™ is the word.
â€œThe progressive social option implicit in President Buhariâ€™s analysis is affirmative action aimed at eliminating or drastically reducing poverty.â€ (Source: as above) â€˜â€¦an affirmative action.â€™ Articles are not optional in count words.