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Print media warning label stickers

Via someone on Twitter sometime this past weekend (I swear, I noted it somewhere, but I can’t find the note now), this awesome resource would come in exceptionally handy the next time you’re perusing a science magazine at a doctor’s waiting room, or your work’s lunch room newspaper.

Sticker on newspaper article reads Warning: Journalist does not understand the subject they are writing about

Okay. New plan for world domination. I’m going to make a lot of money… somehow… off of creating a digital version of this that we can stick onto certain media websites with penchants for posting terrible pseudoscience. Like Google Sidewiki only designed to eviscerate nonsense-peddlers.

(What? It’s no worse a plan than those underpants gnomes have, is it?)

Comments

  1. Aliasalpha says

    I thought they already had those; foxnews.jpg, conservapedia.gif, answersingenesis.bmp (after all they’re that backward they’d probably think bitmaps would be fine on the internet, probably 1600×1200 & shrunk in a table)

  2. Just Visiting says

    Nope, sorry, “they” is a perfectly acceptable third person singular indeterminate usage. Just ask Shakespeare!

    Besides, its not nearly as jarring as the indeterminate gender pronoun neologisms you sometimes see. [puts on flameproof underwear now...]

  3. says

    They is “perfectly acceptable” to whom? Furthermore, if the author of the article in included with the article and the author is male say he or the author is female say she. Would it be too much trouble to make up stickers with each pronoun? How can you/we criticize journalists, when you/we don’t follow simple twenty-first century grammar rules?

  4. F says

    No, those pretty much nineteenth century grammar rules are wrong. There has only been a short period in the history of the English language where some folks decided to prescribe against its use.

    Relevant to this specific case, one could have two sets of labels printed, but that is a bit cumbersome, and makes it more difficult to address a gender which is not obvious from the author’s name or other immediately available clues, and those who would not identify with either binary gender at all. The neutral gender sharing the same space as the masculine gender is increasingly unacceptable for obvious reasons.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/magazine/26FOB-onlanguage-t.html
    https://motivatedgrammar.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/singular-they-and-the-many-reasons-why-its-correct/
    http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?cat=27
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they
    http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/austheir.html
    https://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/01/05/dogma-and-evidence/

  5. SAWells says

    Impersonal third-person-singular “they” was established in English usage long before a bunch of over-prescriptive Classics guys tried to make English follow Latin grammar rules. Same goes for “split infinitives”, by the way – you can’t split a Latin infinitive because it’s one word, so by Jove we must make it a rule that we don’t split English infinitives either. It’s prescriptive bullshit which serves only to distort natural language. Nonsense up with which we will not put, etc.

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