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This week's anal retentive journalistic pet peeve

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by HandsomeHarley, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    In the banner ad at the top of most of the pages on SportsJournalists.com for the dating site Plentyoffish.com:

    "Signup" is a noun.

    "Sign up" is a verb.

  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Shutout and shut out get me as well. Like REALLY piss me off. So I get you on that.
  3. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    lineup/line up
    strikeout/strike out
  4. I Digress

    I Digress Guest

    pissed off/pissed on... wait, what?
  5. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    You digress ... :D
  6. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    Shouldn't it be "anal-retentive"? :)
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Kick off

    Work out

    Time out

    Count down
  8. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Does this include the people who still don't know the difference between your and you're or there and their?

    It still amazes me how many people still don't understand the differences.
  9. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    Time out and timeout are probably the ones that piss me off the most.
  10. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    These aren't really "journalistic" pet peeves.
  11. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Rick, seems that journalists are the only ones who care, which I think is sad and an indication of the general attitude in our society regarding effective communication

    Walk on (Hayes will walk on at Alabama).
    Walk-on (Hayes started out as a walk-on before earning a scholarship).

    That one never reached any of the reporters I ever worked with, no matter how many times I pointed it out, and I still see it in stories at my former employers.
  12. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Why is walk-on hyphenated when noun forms of strikeout, shutout, etc. are not?
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