YES. IT’S A STORY from a real newspaper.
Letting this kind of mistake get into print is unacceptable.
No excuses. Zero tolerance.
newspaper design, typography
HERE’S ANOTHER mispronunciation (see last week’s hint here) that’s crept into our language during the past couple of decades.
Occasionally, some puffed-up TV anchor or correspondent will say “divisive,” pronouncing the second syllable with a short “i,” as in “it,” “is,” or “give.”
That pronunciation is incorrect. Flat-out-drop-dead wrong.
As one of my sources (check the link below) points out, it may be part of the my-pronunciation’s-better-than-yours appeal. Whatever…it’s wrong.
To pronounce “divisive” properly, the “i” in the second syllable must be a “long i,” as in “eye,” “pi” or “fly.”
Again, I’ve got backup: https://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-pronounce-divisive/
Please let’s get it (here comes that “long i” again)…right.
PUHLEEEZE. Let’s get this right. It’s “a historic.” The “h” on “history” is not a vowel sound. The word is not “istory.”
We only use “an” when the following word begins with a vowel sound.
Some of you may want to argue the point. Go ahead.
Here’s my backup: https://www.dailywritingtips.com/a-historic-vs-an-historic/
WANNA GIVE your newspaper a more open look? Well, then, look for the openings…where you can use just a bit more space. between elements.
Here’s one: just an extra line of space between the byline and the start of a story. Yeah, it’s just one extra line. But a line here…a line there…sooner or later, it adds up to a more open look.
And why wouldn’t you want that?
JUST IN CASE you’ve been paying any attention to the know-it-alls who say small-town newspapers don’t matter, here’s a Facebook video that will change all that.
It’s a bit more than eight minutes long, but I’m betting its impact will last for a long, long time.