January 13, 2006

Today's D

Two things.

First, in the front page bold face headline, "Sharpton rails Bush in pre-MLK speech," "to rail" is not a transitive verb, at least in this sense. If, by chance, the D editors mean that Sharpton wishes "to set in order or array; to arrange; to regulate" Bush, I suppose they have a right to use "rail" transitively. However, when using "to rail" to mean "[t]o utter abusive language," which I hope to hell that the good Reverend was doing, the OED recommends the use of any of the following prepositions when one implicates the object of the raillery: "against, at, of, on, upon, with." This is the fucking lead headline. C'mon.

Edit: It gets worse. The Drudge Report linked to the article, so now Matt Drudge's legions of readers can all see the lack of Dartmouth's English skills.

Second, Steph Herbert is now so Dartmouth that she's started listening to all our conversations. Great, cool, but there's already a very amusing blog that does it. I just wish they'd do it more.


  1. Anonymous2:35 PM

    I presume you mean "Dartmouth's lack of English skills" rather than "the lack of Dartmouth's English skills." The latter is perhaps technically correct but really awkward :)

    In all seriousness, the low quality of the D's proofreading is really frustrating. They screw up stuff like that all the time. They confuse words like "spur" and "spurn," "flaunt" and "flout," etc. And outsiders will probably assume that the people who write for the D are the best writers among us, which is truly sad.

  2. The D's headline about the death of David Rosenbaum '63 a few days ago:

    "Lauded '63 journalist murdered in capitol."


  3. Anonymous1:24 AM

    I railed your mom last night.

  4. Anonymous1:25 AM

    Andrew seal is hypocritical. If you're going to criticize The Dartmouth, at least don't make mistakes!

  5. Anonymous1:25 AM