Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bad writing's no joke, but...

The above sentence was on the front page of my campus newspaper. Kid you not.

But if you think it's crazy that writing made page one, the sentence came from an article about a pretty crazy story. How crazy? Crazy enough that a backup punter at Northern Colorado (from Wyoming, no less) made national news. Crazy enough that I would have guessed the story came from Evanston instead of Wheatland.

I guess some things you just can't make up.

Like sentences.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just so I'm clear: mental illness isn't funny and is not a joke. I have no idea if mental health was an issue with this young man, but if it was I hope he is offered help.

Also, in fairness I should add that aside from that sentence, the article as a whole was actually pretty well done. Seriously.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kids should not be staying up until 3:40 a.m., who live in dorms, since it's hard to detect bad journalism, and should be writing for local papers themselves, at that time, and already have colds, according to official sources...

Tim Nance said...

Comma anyone? Since inserting a comma obviously clears up every misplaced modifier.

Anonymous said...

Just proof that you should be writing for the school paper instead of blogging at 3:40 am!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of bummed that a college newspaper isn't much better than high school. I got bored once and went over my high school newspaper with a red pen... it was fun, but of course I'm a nerd like that.
Ginge