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Market Mess, Wet Weekend and The Queen’s Inglish

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Good Morning…
As the reigning King of the typo here at Channel 13, it may strike some of you as odd that I spend a lot of time flinging stones from my house of grammatical glass at others.
We often use scripts written by other NBC affiliates. Many of these scripts use words and phrases that sound like they fit…but they don’t.
Here are a few I’ve saved over the years:

-A WINTER BAG OF MIXED TRICKS SLAMMED INTO KANSAS CITY THURSDAY

-Prince Harry is often closely followed by paparazzi as he visits London nightclubs or bars in an effort to catch him in uncompromising situations.

-(from a WHO script) HEAR WHERE POLICE RESULTED TO RUBBER BULLETS TO CALM THE CHAOS AT A IMMIGRATION RALLY.

-FARM ANALAYSTS SAY THE TREND CAN BE CONTRIBUTED, IN PART, TO RECORD PRICES FOR COMMODITIES LIKE CORN

I share some of these because I was reading the The Sunday Register. It reprinted an article that appeared in other news outlets on spelling errors. Then, last night I was reading Golf Magazine last night/ This month, David Feherty wrote a funny column about the grammatical errors he sees and hears in the world of Golf Broadcasting. Funny stuff.
So I wonder if the article in the Register is right. Is (at least some of this) this just the normal evolution of a language? Should the sticklers for the use of the word “ironic” just get a life?

To the News:
Market Mess
Just when you thought it can’t get any worse…it did. Overnight Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Bank of America swallowed up failing Merrill Lynch. They’re talking about 30 billion dollars in shaky real estate or mortgage investments the company made that are now threatening to take the entire firm down. So what does this mean to you? Here’s an article from Barrons that I’m not sure I understand. Here’s an apocalyptic view from the Chicago Tribune.
I’m not sure what it means but I’m really thankful I don’t have to retire in five years or less.

Wet Weekend
Hope you all had fun if you went over to Iowa City for the Iowa/Iowa State game. I was over in the Quad Cities Friday and for the Morning on Saturday. It rained on our golf outing…rained hard enough that I wasn’t going to get my camera out. We were all just trying to slog through the rain…not really in the mood for photos. But we all had a great time anyway. Saturday morning they wouldn’t even let us out on the golf course, so we went to breakfast at Denny’s and hit the road a little earlier than we thought. That allowed me to get a second round in here in Des Moines where the rain had already stopped.

Megan’s a Mom
Megan Salois had her baby over the weekend. Nathan Joseph is healthy and as happy as a newborn can be. So is his Mom and Dad. We wish them all the best in the next few weeks of discovery.

We’re sooooooo glad to have Brooke back this morning from her week away. See I told you she’d be back. It’s just not the same without all of us on the set in the morning.
Here’s hoping your Monday is as good as mine is so far.
See you at Noon.
PWD

5 comments

  • rosorio

    Congratulations to Megan (Salois) and her husband.I liked Megan’s (Reuther) report on testing children products for safety. My wife and I read books on consumer reports for children products. I came across the soda can test for the rails but not on the corner angle. I definitely could use more info for products used for children.

  • Sassy

    Pat, Not to say I don’t like your hairstyle, but BROOKE! Love the new look. (And the hairstyle before.) Please don’t let this mean you were job interviewing last week!!!!

  • Fiona

    Hey PD Here are 2 addicting apps for you I Touch. Blackjack Run and Brain Tuner. FYI, my record for Blackjack Run is 1681. Did I mention these are free?! Fiona

  • Patrick Dix

    Thanks for the comments guys!Fiona, thanks for the iPod suggestions. I already have the blackjack run (not even close to your record) along with two other free blackjack apps. I downloaded about a dozen gree apps the other day. My wife thought the most useless was the “level”. It turns the iPod into a ruler and level. I thought it was cool.I downloaded the Bible app, and the Constitution app as well. never know when you’re going to need to reference either.I asked the people working at the iPod Store at Jordan Creek. They said their favorite was the iPod Remote. It turns your iTouch into a remote to play iTunes off any computer in the house. I downloaded it but have yet to try it out.Sassy, no offense taken on the hair. I can report with confidence… Brooke wasn’t shopping herself for another job.

  • Courtney

    I have to point out that you have a grammatical error in your blog. “So is Mom and Dad.” It was just too ironic to not mention anything!!!Congrats to Megan and family.

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