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Quick help sought

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Songbird, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    OK, last night at the ballfield a pitcher gave me a quote "I weren't throwing the ball well that inning."

    1) Do I change it to "wasn't throwing" because "weren't throwing" isn't grammatically correct, even though he got it right with "well that inning" ??

    2) "weren't" (insert verb here) is accepted New England vernacular.

    3) As editors we're supposed to make people look better than they are, but I'm torn on this one. He's a 15-year-old kid for reference.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Just change it to wasn't.

    It won't be the end of the world and the kid is ust 15.
     
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Xan,

    Paraphrase:

    John Doe says he weren't "throwing the ball well that inning."

    That way you let him off the hook for the poor grammar and everything is cool.
     
  4. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    If "weren't" is vernacular, then you could probably go with it. Or you could use (wasn't) in the quote.
     
  5. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    if it's vernacular, it's fine. if not, then it makes him look bad.

    that said, i've never heard an editor's job described as "supposed to make people look better than they are."
     
  6. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    No, but I'd like to think we'd all have the decency to NOT assist in making someone sound like a semi-literate moron when it can easily be avoided.
     
  7. goalmouth

    goalmouth Active Member

    Unless we're quoting the President.
     
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That would be a full-time job.
     
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