Daily Archives: January 29, 2011

Self-editing

image courtesy of bbc.co.uk

Ever find yourself with something to say and later realize that what you meant is not quite how you delivered it? Oh crap. I have done this and sometimes with great embarassment.

The same applies to writing.  At work, I’ve learned to write important emails and save them as a draft; coming back later to re-read what I’ve drafted helps me to edit and clarify my commentary.  Usually, I edit out 3/4 of what was written and often, I start over.

The headlines below were forwarded to me via email so I can’t credit the author .. but I would if I knew who it was.

Regardless, while many made me chuckle, most cause me to ponder the importance of pausing – saving – and reviewing once more before hitting the “publish” or “send” buttons.

Actual (poorly-written) Headlines

  • Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
  • Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
  • Include Your Children when Baking Cookies
  • Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told
  • Stolen Painting Found by Tree
  • Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years at Checkout Counter
  • War Dims Hope for Peace
  • If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
  • Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
  • Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
  • Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
  • Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
  • Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge

How about you? Do you find yourself carefully editing your words?

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Where’s the beef?

photo courtesy ocregister.com

A California lawsuit claims that fast food giant Taco Bell is NOT serving 100% beef and that instead they use a meat mixture containing “binders” and “extenders.” The suit claims that this combination doesn’t meet requirements set up by the USDA to be called beef.

“What’s for dinner, Mom?” 

“NearlyBeefaroni!”  

   Huh?

“Beef-kinda-sortanoff”

 Come again?

“Beef…almost-fredo”

Sigh.

Taco Bell countersued saying their seasoned beef contains “88 percent USDA-inspected beef and the rest is water, spices and a mixture of oats, starch and other ingredients that contribute to the “quality” its product.” The company said it uses no extenders. (for more see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41311073/ns/business-consumer_news/)

Um … I don’t even know what an “extender” is, do you?  I do know this: I don’t want to know. 

Let’s not even discuss the makings of a chicken nugget.

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