ByÂ Ebere Wabara
VANGUARD COMMENT of July 3 offered readers the following misprints: â€œComing 25 years after the military junta (sic) led by General Ibrahim Babangida torpedoed the sovereign will of the Nigerian electorateâ€¦.â€
â€œâ€¦their efforts will never in vain (be in vain).â€
From DStv Russia 2018 leaflet come the next two blunders: â€œWorld class (World-class) experts and â€œpre & post match analysisâ€ Connect with greatness: pre- & post-match analyses (take note of the vital hyphenation and plurality)
DAILY SUN of June 21 takes over: â€œMore recognitions awaits (sic) you sir.â€ â€˜Recognitionâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œManagement and staff of Wilangy Group wish to congratulate Dr. Onyishi for (on/upon) successfully completingâ€¦.â€
DAILY SUN Editorial of June 21 disseminated a faux pas: â€œAccording to the Customs Area Comptrollerâ€¦all commands were given the marching order (given marching orders) to ensure that all illegal routes used by smugglersâ€¦.â€ And this: are there legal routes for smugglers? So, yank off â€œillegalâ€.
The next flaw is from South East News: â€œOn his preparedness to replace Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe at the red chamber in 2019, Wabara said he has (had) all it takes to be at the Senateâ€¦.â€
â€œThese projects had been in (on) the drawing board for a while sinceâ€¦.â€ (DAILY Sun Editorial, June 20)
â€œUnilever celebrates school pupilsâ€ (DAILY SUN headline flaw, June 19) â€˜School pupilsâ€™? I feel like throwing up. Gosh!
â€œPeople want to introduce religious gymnastic (gymnastics) into politic (politics)â€
Politics & Power of the preceding edition collects the baton: â€œRivers APC faction vows to submit delegates (delegatesâ€™) list for conventionâ€
â€œWike commissions (inaugurates) civil servantsâ€™ quartersâ€
â€œEnugu first lady (First Lady) decries children (childrenâ€™s) molestation, urges loveâ€
DAILY Sun Editorial of June 11 issued the following howler: â€œWe decry the poor participation in the scheme by state governments and call on the workers in the affected states to demand for their rights from the governors.â€ When used as a noun, â€˜demandâ€™ does not take â€˜forâ€™. Therefore, delete â€˜forâ€™ from the extract.
â€œThe outcome of the meetingâ€¦has given a lot of hope to majority (a/the majority) of members whoâ€¦.â€ (Politics & Power, June 11)
â€œGovernors elected under (on) SDP platformâ€ (Full-page advertorial, DAILY SUN, June 11, signed by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation)
â€œRussia donâ€™t (doesnâ€™t) dictate for (to) me, says Syrian president (President)â€
â€œDariye was found guilty and convicted on 15 out of the 23-count bothering (bordering) on criminal breach of trust andâ€¦.â€ (DAILY Sun, June 13) â€˜Botheringâ€™ for â€˜borderingâ€™ is grammatical fraud and demonstrates poverty of language!
From DAILY Sun Editorial of June 13 come the next two inaccuracies: â€œThe NUC must do more to curb the springing up of illegal universities in (on) our shores.â€
â€œAt the same thing (time), the action of the NUC was a little bit belated becauseâ€¦.â€
THISDAY Front Page of June 23 disseminated four flaws: â€œBarring any last minute (last-minute) changeâ€¦.â€
â€œAfter series (a series) of consultations failed to secure endorsement (an endorsement) for a consensus list of aspirants yesterdayâ€¦.â€
â€œFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has officially flagged off (kicked off) the move to pick the presidential ticket of the PDPâ€¦.â€
â€œâ€¦where he had gone for an (a) haircut.â€
â€œThe judiciary is beginning to tow (toe) the line of the executive by throwing the law overboardâ€¦.â€
â€œA source close to Abaribe had also suggested that the arrest may not be unconnected to (with) his constant criticism ofâ€¦.â€
â€œAnother feather to (in) your capâ€¦.â€ (Full-page congratulatory message by Heyden Petrochemical Limited, THISDAY, Saturday, June 23)
â€œThe journalist turned entrepreneur (journalist-turned-entrepreneur) shares his grass to grace (grass-to-grace) story withâ€¦.â€ (Source: as above)
â€œI do not believe in acquiring property for the sake of bequeathing same (the same) to children.â€
â€œIt is a thing of joy for us, who believe only in excellence to see such award (an award) being made (given) to a person who truly deservesâ€¦.â€
â€œTrophy Lager launches â€˜Raise a Trophyâ€™ (Raise-a-Trophy) campaign for Super Eaglesâ€
â€œFG orders security beef up (beef-up) at airportsâ€ (DAILY Sun Front Page Banner, June 19) â€œ2019: APC battle readyâ€ (DAILY Sun Front Page Screamer, June 25) The ruling party is battle-read-y, hopefully!
DAILY Sun Editorial of June 28 circulated two lapses: â€œâ€¦the 36 states thereafter have increased their domestic indebtedness from N1.71 trillion as of (at) December 2014 to N3.35 trillion as at end of 2017.â€
â€œSuch funds should not be misappropriated or diverted to other use (sic),â€¦â€ Voice of The Nation: expunge â€˜to other use (sic)â€™, which is encapsulated in â€˜diversionâ€™!
â€œDonâ€™t sleep with strangers, lawmaker warns Russia (Russian) womenâ€ â€œNigeria no walkover, Messi warns Argentina (Argentine) teammatesâ€
â€œObituary announcementâ€ (Full-page advertorial by Alders league & friends, Vanguard, June 14) Get it right:â€™ obituaryâ€™ is an announcement.
â€œâ€¦gives operators 30 days to obtain roadworthy (roadworthiness) certificatesâ€ (DAILY Sun Front Page Sub-headline, July 2)
â€œInsecurity and 2019 general electionsâ€ (DAILY Sun Editorial Headline, July 2) Already dissected
â€œâ€¦Prof. Attahiru Jega gave similar (a similar) warning thatâ€¦.â€ (Source: as above)
â€œSeeing what transpired at the convention ground where literarily (literally) compelled and blackmailed to pull out of the race following the emergence ofâ€¦.â€ (Politics & Power, July 2)
From July 2 Back Page Public Forum of DAILY Sun flows this: â€œBefore the year ends, there will be more killings. Yes, more killings, and another round of blames, wails, sorrows, and tears. For how long will this (these) continue?â€
The next three mistakes are from DAILY Sun Editorial of July 4: â€œThe authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, have finally brought to a closure (close) the months-long sex-for-marks scandal involving one of its lecturersâ€¦.â€
â€œIn the same vein, female studentsâ€¦should concentrate in (on) their studies.â€
â€œThe sexual harassment of students represents the height of personal indiscretion and an antithesis of (to)â€¦.â€
â€œNigeria: Before the curtail (curtain) fallsâ€
â€œHowever, what is required is immediate military response against (to) the herdsmen.â€
â€œActionAid hands-over (hands over) N35.5m livelihood projectsâ€ Phrasal verbs do not admit hyphenation.
â€œThe partyâ€™s flag-bearer (standard-bearer) in the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti Stateâ€¦.â€ (Classic FM 97.3, 11.15 a, m. News, Tuesday, July 10)
â€œBut to put the matter in proper perspective (in proper perspectives or in a proper perspective, depending on contextualization)â€¦.â€
â€œMFM GO commissions (inaugurates/auspicates/launches) medical centre, hands over to MTUâ€.