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  Reply # 587572 27-Feb-2012 21:01 Send private message

Extra commas, and full stops, can be misused and interpreted how you will....

Maybe it's an attempt to punctuate how one speaks; but with eyebrow inflections??

Soo.... should it have been Royal rather than royal, is my question.

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  Reply # 587606 27-Feb-2012 21:58 Send private message

I just dislike the headlines that I can't make sense of. It may be correct use but I still have trouble, for example: Fatal crash tourist gets driving ban.

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  Reply # 587628 27-Feb-2012 22:52 Send private message

All time worst NZ Herald headline - and on sandwich boards:

"Brain dead woman's baby dies".

Great.

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  Reply # 587702 28-Feb-2012 09:35 Send private message


"That escape is fantastic from her point of view."

Should be:
"That escape is fantastic from her point of view".

I have been taught that if it is an entire sentence in quotes the full-stop should be inside the quotes. Only when it is a part sentence like. She said, "Yes I can". In this case the full-stop goes outside the quotes.

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  Reply # 587725 28-Feb-2012 10:14 Send private message

It depends which writing style manual is in use.

Is the Herald consistent with either practice?

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  Reply # 587763 28-Feb-2012 11:27 Send private message

Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors drive me nuts - NZ herald is usually riddled with both

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  Reply # 587765 28-Feb-2012 11:38 Send private message

gzt: It depends which writing style manual is in use.

Is the Herald consistent with either practice?


Depends.  If the source wire is AP then they'll be using the AP style guide.  Reuters, AAP, AFP etc all probably use their own style guide too.

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  Reply # 588069 28-Feb-2012 22:36 Send private message

Did any see the headline in todays NZ Herald with the incorrect spelling of "Labor" instead of "Labour".

On a slightly different note I gave up using the"Stuff" website because so often the articles were Australian news items without any proper relevance to New Zealand.




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  Reply # 588093 28-Feb-2012 23:42 Send private message

When I have time during the day, I take the paper version of the NZ Herald out and look through the number of proper "news worthy" articles. I would say 80% is fluff, just 20% is what would be considered proper news.

I remember seeing an article on the average number of Facebook friends NZers have. Now seriously?!

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  Reply # 588154 29-Feb-2012 09:01 Send private message

Technofreak: Did any see the headline in todays NZ Herald with the incorrect spelling of "Labor" instead of "Labour".

On a slightly different note I gave up using the"Stuff" website because so often the articles were Australian news items without any proper relevance to New Zealand.


It's the Australian Labor Party they are talking about. No U in the headline is correct.




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  Reply # 588431 29-Feb-2012 16:38 Send private message

Dingbatt:
Technofreak: Did any see the headline in todays NZ Herald with the incorrect spelling of "Labor" instead of "Labour".

On a slightly different note I gave up using the"Stuff" website because so often the articles were Australian news items without any proper relevance to New Zealand.


It's the Australian Labor Party they are talking about. No U in the headline is correct.


I don't agree when it's being reported in a New Zealand paper.  

If a similar article was being reported in the US or Australia about the NZ Labour Party they wouldn't spell labour with a U as it's the incorrect spelling for them, so why would we accept incorrect spelling in our papers.

In my opinion it was just lazy editing, copying an article written for an Australian publication and not bothering to edit or proof read it.




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  Reply # 588436 29-Feb-2012 16:50

Technofreak:
I don't agree when it's being reported in a New Zealand paper.  

If a similar article was being reported in the US or Australia about the NZ Labour Party they wouldn't spell labour with a U as it's the incorrect spelling for them, so why would we accept incorrect spelling in our papers.

In my opinion it was just lazy editing, copying an article written for an Australian publication and not bothering to edit or proof read it.


Labor or Labour is the proper name (TM) of the respective parties not a description of their support base.

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  Reply # 588719 1-Mar-2012 09:58 Send private message

Technofreak: 

I don't agree when it's being reported in a New Zealand paper.  

If a similar article was being reported in the US or Australia about the NZ Labour Party they wouldn't spell labour with a U as it's the incorrect spelling for them, so why would we accept incorrect spelling in our papers.


Actually, yes they would.  Because it's a name. Here's an example from CNN.

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  Reply # 589455 2-Mar-2012 15:37 Send private message

If you want to see some poor grammar take a look at this story.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/6513481/Pacific-Fibre-undersea-cable-moves-closer

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  Reply # 592074 8-Mar-2012 00:24 Send private message

I've noticed so much bad spelling/grammer on NZ Herald but today took the cake.  I signed up just so I could rant about it:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/religion-and-beliefs/news/article.cfm?c_id=301&objectid=10788609

I mean come on, to misspell a word in the headline?  Does someone even look these things over?  How could something like this be missed??

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