Six In The Morning: A Tuesday That Feels Like Monday

6-in-the-morningHopefully you had an enjoyable weekend in the snow making snow angels and catching snowflakes on your tongue, because I definitely did not. I was stuck in the ditch in small town Saskatchewan. Anyway, here is to a Tuesday that feels more like a Monday.

1 BBC IS BUSTED Britain’s national broadcaster is making news. The BBC is in hot water after a Newsnight editorial team wrongly implicated a “senior Conservative” in a sex abuse case. The editorial team responsible could face disciplinary action. The error comes just weeks after news emerged that a BBC TV presenter/radio DJ was implicated in multiple allegations of sex abuse and that the BBC ditched an investigation into the issue nearly a year ago.

2 HUMAN RIGHTS AT SCHOOL Alberta is thisclose to passing a new and progressive education law that would require all coursework in schools to honour the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Human Rights Act. It is an effort to combat bullying in the school system. The giant Education Act is also garnering some opposition.

3 VET MEMORIAL VANDALIZED Toronto police are treating the vandalism of a war memorial in Coronation Park on Remembrance Day as a hate crime.

4 NOT AGAIN The misappropriation of First Nations culture continues. During a recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show, a model wore a headdress, causing widespread outrage. The company apologized over the weekend and it says the televised show will not feature the headdress.

5 MCAFEE GAFFE The founder of the anti-virus software McAfee Inc. is on the defensive after being called a “prime suspect” by police in the slaying of his neighbour in Belize. The millionaire told wired.com he is  innocent and on the run.

6 OH NO ELMO The puppeteer who plays Elmo on Sesame Street has been accused of having a relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Kevin Clash has denied the charges, but will be taking a leave of absence from the children’s television show.

UPDATE: Whitworth here! ELMO IS INNOCENT! The “victim” has recanted his story. Carry on.

16 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: A Tuesday That Feels Like Monday”

  1. #1: It’s about time, and this should serve as a lesson to all media, mainstream or not, that there are standards and they should be adhered to.
    #2: “to honour”, and “however” should not be used to start a sentence but to bridge 2 clauses.
    #3: Good for the police.
    #4: Recheck your first sentence.
    #5: “on the defensive”.

  2. Re: your link, anonymouses, the first example is correct; the second, however, is debatable, as “nevertheless” (or that word understood by the use of “however”) also more properly bridges clauses. In Ms. Woloshyn’s paragraph above, the sentence would have been much stronger with “however” as a bridge.

    You will also note that I gave her a break on the use of “hopefully”, as this is by now nearly a hopeless cause.

  3. #2 Barb you forgot to point out in article 2., “thisclose”, this close.

    No cigar.

    4. Ms. Kloss’s headwear did not match her “cheetah” pattern ginch anyway.

  4. Not Ron, I didn’t forget: I thought that the lack of break between the words was possibly done for effect.

  5. Barb, thank you for keeping my grammar in check. I will revise. When I am gathering and writing this column at six in the morning and have not had a cup of coffee yet, I can be prone to spelling and grammar mistakes. I apologize for any past and future errors.

  6. There’s no need to apologize; you intend to do better, and that’s the whole point of the exercise. While I sympathize with early hours and lack of coffee, I’m reminded that medical personnel have to get by on terribly broken sleep and no/bad coffee, and are expected to make no mistakes. Also, just for fun: did you know that part of the training of recruits of the Texas Rangers is to be abruptly awakened from a deep sleep (after a long and rough training day)and made to spell tough words correctly? (Example: “Nacogdoches”.)

  7. I heard in the hallways that Barb once started a paragraph with a conjunction. Rumour has it, it was the word “And”, and it wasn’t just “and” but the symbol &. It was explosive; she took the rest of December off that year and re-emerged in January with an afro.

  8. Roxanna got Saylored! Well done, everyone. Also, I’m adding an urgent update to the molestey Elmo story.

    ALSO: Ron, surely you will admit that the correct spelling is “gitch”.

    And (AND! At the start of a sentence!) I was amused by Talbot’s tale of conjunctions and hairstyles.

  9. #9
    Isn’t it ; ” to either make sense” ?

    #10
    I’m from AB. Ginch was our word for the SK.term gonch..

  10. @1: Barb, what is your complaint about starting a sentence with “however”? Are you asserting that such usage is grammatically incorrect, or are you simply making a style recommendation?

    @14: I do not understand your reticence to split infinitives. It is one of the joys of writing to defiantly split an infinitive on occasion.

    @12: “Ginch”,”gonch” and “gaunch” are all BC/Alberta usage. Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents use “gitch”,”gotch”,”gitches”,”gotches”,”gitchies”, or “gotchies”. Of these, “ginch” is the farthest in pronunciation from the suspected origin: the Ukrainian word “ґаці”.

  11. @15: loved the “gotch” variants (being from Manitoba, I heard “gotch” most often).

    As to split infinitives, note that I said I didn’t do it without a good reason. There was no good reason to do so in my comment above, so I didn’t.

    Starting a sentence with “however”, instead of employing it as a bridge between clauses, tends to break up the flow of sentences. If the writer’s aim is to carry the reader through what (s)he has to say, flow is important. You can call that grammatical or stylistic, because in this case (and not in all) the function served is the same.

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