Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Let me stand next to your fire conditions

Just a touch of editing to the prose of your TV "news partner" could go a long way:

Firefighters said there were heavy fire conditions coming from the rear of the home when they arrived on scene.

And think of all the baby pine trees that could be saved if firefighters no longer had to arrive "at the scene."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citation, please?

8:48 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger fev said...

Sorry. "Neighbors alert firefighters of house fire": http://www.charlotteobserver.com/422/story/573322.html (no, far as I know, you can't alert somebody "of" something)

9:04 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Hmmm. I smell thesaurus abuse. Too many people don't grasp that words aren't interchangeable. You turn "inform" into "alert", you're gonna have to tinker with the argument structure as well.

5:42 AM, March 04, 2009  

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