Tuesday, October 13, 2015


While listening to news programs, I have noticed a trend of reporters using incomplete sentences and  incorporating a great number of participles (e;g;: "struggling", "flickering", and "hoping").  I suppose that the newscasters think that it is dramatic, but it is irritating.

"Ing-lish" is a word coined by the linguist Geoffrey Nunberg to describe the phenomenon!  As Mervin Black said, "The ing thing, as I call it, is unnatural, unjournalistic, ungrammatical, and unjustifiable."

Doonesbury is Not a Fan of ‘World News’ Writing Style

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Trudeau was meaning David Muir! ML