Daily Archives: October 9, 2008

Yoda, your writing coach

"Die, you must."

TV reporters, writing in a style that substitutes gerunds for verbs.  Stories, dribbling out over the air that are replete with nonsensical non-sentences.  TV news managers, too distracted to rein in this stuff.  Blogger, irritated every time he hears it, now picking on the new kid at WAGA, who wrote way too much of a story this way.  The new kid, probably just mimicking similar stuff written by other reporters in Atlanta.

Yoda, an inexact parallel.  Acceptable, at your discretion.

Viewers, wishing they could hear stories with complete sentences.  News junkies, turning to newspapers and the web, where they don’t write this way.  God, getting thanked for that.