Proofreading the Media

As an ever-aspiring professional writer, the quality of writing found on the web–written, mind you, by “professionals”–too often has me shaking my head in disbelief.  Too common are the instances of homonym misuse: your/you’re, too/to, etc.  And God help the writer should I find they’ve used “loose” when they meant “lose.” 

I would expect this loose grammatical practice from blogs written by nonprofessionals, but MSNBC

U.S. officials told NBC News that the Quran is not specific about burials, as long as the body of the diseased is cleansed quickly. There is no single authoritative Islamic text on burial, they said.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the bastard’s gone, however I’m fairly certain the writer meant “deceased,” not “diseased.”  Unless MSNBC meant to impugn those who need dialysis.  /snark

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