Thursday, September 24, 2009

Do you renounce ...?

Quick, who's doing what and where?

It's not an ungrammatical or illogical hed; it's entirely within the realm of possibility that someone could renounce the release of a terrorist. But over a lede like:

The U.S. Senate unanimously condemned last month’s release of the Libyan terrorist convicted in Pan Am bombing over Locker­bie, Scotland, in 1988 and called upon Libya to apologize for celebrating his return.

... you'd have to say it's about as thoroughly boneheaded a single-letter mistake as you can make. Renounce your evil ways and return to the stylebook.

Moral: If you don't know what a word means, look it up. If you think you know what a word means, look it up twice.

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