Thursday, December 02, 2004

Two Fewer Things to Worry About

If you're still changing "raised" to "reared" when it involves people rather than animals, cut it out. People can be raised. I know I was. (If I was reared, it was done discreetly while I was sleeping.)

And documents can indeed "say" things. If you're tempted to change "said" to "stated," put the red pencil down and take a deep breath. Even if you were reared to say "stated."

5 comments:

seudo said...

What about "according to"? At Medill I learned that "according to" could only introduce people, not documents. Or maybe it was the other way around. Either way, I always felt like the contention that "According to Smith..." was fine and "According to the Smith Report..." was not (or vice versa) was claptrap.

Matt said...

But doesn't this piece from Reuters sound silly? It does to me.

***“Christmas is a time of wonder, fun and festivities, for young and old. As the nation’s premier city ... surely we deserve better,” the paper said.***

Leon Bertoletti said...

Thanks for the lesson. As an Italian journalist writing in English, I have a question for you: Is it correct to write "according to" followed by a newspaper name?

Bill said...

I have no problem with "according to" if it's used with a paraphrase and not a direct quote.

"The paper said" works for me if it means a research paper; "the article said" would be better if the meaning is a newspaper.

Leon Bertoletti said...

Thanks, Bill.